The exodus of migrants from Armenia in the South Caucasus to Russia and Europe is not something new as compared to those from Africa or Syria. Nevertheless, the problem of illegal migrants in Europe from Armenia remains pressing for many governments and they do not know how to cope with this fairly old problem. Armenians seeking asylum in Europe often fabricate documents to pretend as victims of...

Finlandization is a political course by a smaller nation, which takes into account the foreign policy interests of a bigger neighbor, while retaining its own internal regime and values. The original term comes is related to Finland, when it chose to be a neutral buffer state during the Cold War. Although Finland was generally considered as part of the Western world due to its democratic governance and...

The conference ‘Promoting International Dialogue and Protecting Cultural Heritage in the Caucasus’  is organized by the research platform Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR) – on December 5–6, 2018, at the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, Sweden. The conference is funded by the Swedish Institute (SI). Themes of central interest to the...

The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) offers an internship to qualified individuals wishing to gain work experience in a policy-oriented research institute. Tasks and responsibilities of the interns will include editing of scientific publications, research assistance, administrative and event support.   Eligibility: - At least a first degree (Bachelor or equivalent) preferably in...

Introduction The Berlin Global Voluntary Internship Project (2018-2020) is a 3 year program with the main purpose to enable students to engage in cultural diplomacy and in doing so, to further promote cultural diplomacy and multiculturalism worldwide. The Berlin Global invites applications from individuals who are coming from the following fields:  • Communication & Journalism • Film,...

The Topchubashov Center is delighted to present you an interview with Murad Gassanly (PhD), an energy politics researcher and the first ever person from Azerbaijan to be elected to the municipality council in the United Kingdom. Currently, he represents the Conservative Party and serves for his second term as the Westminster City Councillor. The interview covers both the pressing issues of British domestic...

  Good Oligarch, Bad Oligarch (by Vladislav Inozemtsev) 31 July 2018   Vladislav Inozemtsev argues that the policy of marginalizing and stifling virtually all of the so-called Russian oligarchs is counter-productive and will only bring them into Putin’s warm embrace. Instead, he proposes to distinguish between those billionaires who actively endorse and finance the Russian...

Global Supply Chains Are Dangerously Easy to Snap (by Elisabeth Braw) 7 August 2018 UK’s stockpiling plans in case a no-deal Brexit and the reasons why other developed countries depending on complex supply chains should take Britain’s misfortune as a wake-up call are being discussed in this article. Global supply chains in a modern world are a national security issue. Although thanks to a...

Immigration policy should be generous; it should be fair; it should be flexible. With such a policy we can turn to the world, and to our own past, with clean hands and a clear conscience.  John Fitzgerald Kennedy, “A Nation of Immigrants”, 1958   The long-brewing Civil War in Syria that blasted out to engender a mass movement of refugees in 2015 has created a long trajectory of...

Greece exits its bail-out programme, but its marathon has further to go 2 August 2018 The Economist discusses the current state of Greek economy which has recently been emboldened by two years of GDP growth and the official termination of the third, last round of the IMF bailout pending this August. However, long-term structural problems- low productivity, weak economic dynamic, not particularly...

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