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  Propaganda and deformed Russian society

Viktor Denisenko
2014 10 01

Some time ago Ukrainian scientist G.Pocheptsov described information war as a „struggle for human mind“. Today we can see that Russia is the most progressive among the countries seriously considering the opportunities of an information war. Russia has already won one information war - a civil war directed against own society.

 
 
 
  Nagorno Karabakh – new Russia‘s „peace“ project?

Inga Popovaitë, political commentator
2014 09 26

At the beginning of August the political experts have again turned their eyes on Nagorno Karabakh: here the bloodiest clashes took place since the ceasefire agreement announced in 1994 between Armenia and Azerbaijan. According to the international media, by 9 August the pogroms in both countries resulted in the deaths of more than twenty people. Thus there is no wonder that the Kremlin discerned here a chance to strengthen the positions in South Caucasus and the positions of V.Putin as a peacekeeper against Western opponents. On 9-10 August in Sochi Putin met with the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan and organised a tripartite meeting which was not attended by the representatives of the OSCE Minsk group. Let‘s see if Russia has really played the role of peacekeeper decisively.

 
 
 
  Euro, wages and other fears

Viktor Denisenko
2014 09 10

In less than half year period Lithuania‘s national currency litas will be replaced by the single European currency euro. Our country will be fully integrated in the European system, yet this event is also related to various fears and worries. Lithuania‘s response to the euro could be related both to financial and psychological aspects. Let‘s start from the latter.

 
 
 
  International relations and internal repression: the connection in Tajikistan

Fabio Belafatti, Coordinator of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asian Studies (Vilnius University, Oriental Studies Centre) and lecturer of Central Asian Politics
2014 09 08

Recent months have seen a constant increase in political violence and repression in Tajikistan. Far from being a mere coincidence, this phenomenon may be related to changes in the regional environment in Central Asia, as well as Russia’s increased efforts to promote the expansion of its Eurasian Economic Union.

 
 
 
  NATO must stand up to Putin’s threat to invade Ukraine

By Kurt Volker and Erik Brattberg
2014 09 01

The Washington Post

Kurt Volker is a former U.S. ambassador to NATO and executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. Erik Brattberg is a visiting fellow at the McCain Institute from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

Vladimir Putin is placing a cynical bet that he can invade Ukraine just one week before a NATO summit — and that NATO will do nothing to stop him. The alliance must prove him wrong.

 
 
 
  Interview with sanctions expert David Lektzian: on the impact of sanctions, crisis in Ukraine and economic confrontation between West and Russia

2014 08 21

David Lektzian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at TexasTechUniversity. His research interests are focused on the use of economic sanctions. His articles appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, etc. David Lektzian spent 2014 spring semester at the Institute for International Relations and Political Science (Vilnius) where he was teaching a course on trade, conflict, and economic statecraft.

 
 
 
  India ahead of Japan

Vaiva Sapetkaitë, Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilnius University
2014 08 07

According to the World Bank (WB), India is now the world’s third largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity, moving ahead of Japan which has been the third for a long time. The United States remains the world’s largest economy with 17.1 percent (of global output); the second is China (14.9 percent) and the third India (6.4 percent); Japan holds only a 4.8 percent share of global wealth. Presumably soon India will produce major share of global wealth, although during the recent years its economy has grown by only 5 percent.

 
 
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Alexandra Sergeyeva. Latvia joined the fight against the ISIL

2014 09 30

Latvia joined the international coalition established by the United States in cooperation with allies for fighting against the radical group the "Islamic State", reported Karlis Eihenbaums, the Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.



Vladimir Buchel'nikov. Attempts are made to deprive Russia of the veto right in the UN Security Council

2014 09 25

On 25 September the UN General Assembly is going to discuss the issue of depriving members of the Security Council of the right to unilateral veto on decisions.



Affected by the sanctions companies may be supported at the expense of pension savings

2014 09 23

Minister for Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev allowed applying pension savings funds and NPF for supporting the companies affected by sanctions, reports "Interfax".



China moves its troops to the border with Russia

2014 09 16

UAINFO

On 6 September China started moving its troops to the border with Russia, as reported by the sources in the FSB Border Service of Russia.



Poroshenko told about the special status of certain areas in the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk

2014 09 12

"The draft law on the special status of separate districts in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions will be submitted to the Parliament next week," - stated Poroshenko at a cabinet meeting with his participation.



Marta Dundareva. Russia rehearses a massive nuclear attack on the United States

2014 09 11

Russian strategic bombers Tu-95 conducted military exercises in the Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Canada. According to Washington Free Beacon, «targets» of the nuclear missiles were American objects. The training exercises have been "accidentally" timed with the NATO Summit in Wales, the newspaper notes.



Ukraine appealed to the Hague tribunal with a claim against Russia for its support of terrorism

2014 09 05

Argument

Ukraine has started the procedure to bring Russia to justice at the International Court of Justice of the United Nations for violating the Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism.


 

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