NRGI will launch the 2017 Resource Governance Index on 28 June. The launch of the Index in Azerbaijan will happen on 3 July, with participation of the experts from Eurasia region. In this policy debate- jointly organized by NRGI and Eurasia EI Knowledge Hub/ Khazar University- a forum of distinguished experts will discuss the components of RGI and how it projects governance environment in Eurasia. The...

The Baltic states, despite their joining Euro-Atlantic political and military structures since the 1990s, have been feeling the breath of Russia on their necks. The recent developments triggered by the Kremlin in Russia`s Near Abroad show that fear was not ungrounded. Dr. Nora Vanaga from National Defence Academy of Latvia shares her opinion how the Baltic states, including her native Latvia, prepares...

  Introduction The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Africa will focus on the opportunities for cultural diplomacy in Africa in the framework of the current transitions and challenges. In particular, the symposium will highlight the best practices of countries in Africa of practicing cultural diplomacy to educate and to strengthen relationships between groups within their countries and...

Be it an article for international media or a research work, anyone who attempts to write on Eritrea is ostensibly confronted with two most basic issues: sources to be quoted and most updated facts on crucial subjects. What is worse for many of us who have experienced it firsthand is also balancing what is being cited (and recycled) as facts by some organizations and using our judgments to find the middle...

  Introduction The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Central Asia will focus on the opportunities for cultural diplomacy in Central Asia in the framework of the current transitions and challenges. In particular, the symposium will highlight the best practices of countries in the Central Asia of practicing cultural diplomacy to educate and to strengthen relationships between groups...

Despite all that’s been written and spoken about extreme repression and economic blight in Eritrea, surprisingly little has been publicized about its inscrutable leader, Isaias Afwerki, who has led the country with an iron fist since independence in 1991. Based on common knowledge among Eritreans in the country and other information that I have collected over the years from frequent contacts, I am...

  Introduction Throughout the years of 2015-16 we have seen the number of migrants flooding into Europe gain momentum as the pace and magnitude of the migration has been sharply rising. Although recent movement of refugees both from Syria and elsewhere has gained momentum, when looking for the trigger, it is essential to go back to 2011 when the Arab uprising began in the Middle East. The Syrian...

The practice of participatory leadership recognises strategic dialogue and conversations as drivers for development and change. Learn those skills from the 16th – 19th of August during our Training in Alpbach!   Date: August 16th – 19th, 2017 Language: English About: Our training will offer lasting skills on how to face challenges in a participatory manner in companies and organisations as...

“Ukraine`s Euromaidan” by Marta Dyczok, a Canadian-Ukrainian Associate Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Western Ontario is an interesting collection of the author`s podcasts or ‘a kaleidoscopic chronicle of the events’ during the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine and related episodes.  In the introduction, the author provides some information...

  The vast majority of Kyrgyzstan`s population, including the titular people are followers of Islam. There has been a revival of Islamic practices since independence of this Central Asian country in 1991, although the state remains secular. Bishkek-based political analyst Baktybek Kainazarov, PhD in Social sciences, provides comprehensive information on the present situation of Islam in...

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