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  G20: triumph of a multi-polar world or the projected increase of Western power?

Irmantas Pečiűra, Baltic Sea Region Research Centre
2015 11 25

During the recent decade the majority of developing and transitional countries have reached significantly higher economic growth rates than developed countries. Since economic power of the states is also one of the main political power elements, experts of international policy started speaking about the movement of the centre of world economic gravity from the West to the East and from the North to the South.  This movement would also mean the increasing fragmentation of the international system which first of all economically and politically weakens global influence of the West on the international stage.

  CfA: Associate Fellowships at Kyiv’s Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (IEAC)

2015 10 20

Call for Applications to become an IEAC Associate Fellow

The Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (IEAC) is a small, independent Ukrainian think-tank founded in 2001 by Ukraine’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs Borys Tarasiuk, and located in the city center of Kyiv. The IEAC conducts research and advocacy projects promoting liberal democracy and the rule of law, supporting security sector reforms, and strengthening civil society. Our primary topics of interest include international relations, foreign policy, European security and national defense. IEAC activities include the development of policy recommendations, provision of independent policy assessments, reports and statements, public advocacy campaigns, holding international conferences, seminars and roundtables, organizing study trips and workshops, etc.

  Finlandisation: yesterday, today, tomorrow...

Viktor Denisenko
2015 10 19

Finlandisation is a country’s political life which is not chosen but imposed to the country. Although this concept was created more than fifty years ago and is first of all related to the complicated relations between the Soviet Union and Finland after World War II, today this definition is often heard during the discussions about the international policy.  

  Alexander Lukashenko’s Recognizable Game

Viktor Denisenko
2015 10 05

On the 11thof October of this year presidential elections in Belarus should take place, however, no real pre-election battle is going on, and there is almost no hope for political change, as Alexander Lukashenko has no plans of letting go of the steering wheel. It is expected that during the pre-election period he will again try to gain as much profit from playing both Russia and the West. The question is whether Alexander Lukashenko succeeds this time.

  Why Ukraine’s reforms will succeed

Andreas Umland
2015 10 02

And why this alone cannot save the country 

Will Ukraine make it? Some conditions necessary for Ukraine’s current reforms drive to succeed look more promising than in 2013, before the Euromaidan revolution and war with Russia. Ukraine presently has not only its most pro-European parliament and reform-oriented government since achieving independence in 1991. There are at least four other significant shifts in domestic politics that, taken together, render an equation of pre- and post-revolutionary Ukrainian society misleading.

  Neither ISIS, Nor Climate Change: The World’s Main Security Issue Today Is the Russian People’s Poisoned Public Opinion (2)

Andreas Umland
2015 10 01

The Russian Federation is currently and will remain, for the foreseeable future, the country that possess the second largest number of nuclear warheads. This highly armed state has, like the Soviet Union before it and the US today, an overkill capacity. As their communist predecessors in the Kremlin, the political leaders of post-Soviet Russia command enough weapons of mass destruction to destroy humankind several times. Russia’s current rulers, moreover, act within a political system in which parliamentary control of the armed forces, checks and balances between branches of power, civil society monitoring of officials, or investigative journalism on top politicians are either absent or underdeveloped. Russia’s political system represents a form of electoral authoritarianism in which power holders are only dependent on the integrity of their command chain, and of their public support constantly regenerated by the government’s information policies.

  In case of further escalation in Eastern Ukraine: A temporary halt of crude oil imports from Russia to the EU

Andreas Umland
2015 09 30

How would the West react in a worst case-scenario of new escalation in the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine? What will Brussels and Washington do in case Russia continues to expand into Ukraine? Often various military options, e.g. the delivery defensive weapons to the Ukrainian army, are discussed. What is sometimes forgotten is that the West is still the, by far, largest trading and investment partner of Russia. Its current sanctions only limit the export of a limited amount of services and technology to Russia. They leave much of the current Russian-Western economic interaction intact, and do not touch directly the EU’s large energy imports from Russia.


Anatoly Vasilyev. European Commission: EU is not interested in the construction of the "Northern stream-2"

2015 11 27

Ukraine is a reliable transmitter

The European Union is not interested in the implementation of the Russian gas pipeline project "Nord Stream-2", stated Marođ Đefčovič, Vice-President of the European Energy Union.

Kristina Klein. Poland will seek for the withdrawal of the agreement between the NATO and Russia

2015 11 26

The Head of the Polish Foreign Ministry called the document outdated

Poland will seek for the withdrawal of the 1997 agreement between the NATO and Russia, stated the Head of the Polish Foreign Ministry Witold Waszczykowski to the Gazeta Wyborcza.

Ekaterina Andrejeva. Putin: Russian Federation will take action and answer the US

2015 11 13

Russia will take countermeasures to strengthen the strategic potential of nuclear forces in connection with the deployment of US missile defence system, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during the ordinary meeting on the situation in the military-industrial complex of Russia, reported the "Expert".

International exercises with the participation of Ukrainian military started in Lithuania

2015 11 12

Over 250 military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland will practice in conducting peacekeeping operations at the Lithuanian training centre near Vilnius.

Putin has promised to protect the interests of compatriots in Syria, Libya and Yemen

2015 11 10

Russia will always defend the interests of compatriots in other countries, in particular in the times of crisis - as in Libya, Syria and Yemen, stated President Vladimir Putin at the Fifth World Congress of Compatriots, reported TASS on Thursday, 5 November.

Anatoly Tarasov. The Baltic States require the protection of NATO

2015 11 06

Leaders of nine countries in the East and Central Europe, as well as the Baltic States, have expressed extreme concern regarding the "aggressive behavior" of Russia and called for the permanent presence of NATO military structures in the region. This is stated in a joint declaration adopted at the meeting in Bucharest, which the Romanian media called a mini-summit of NATO.

Belarus and China want to establish a visa-free exchange of tourists

2015 10 31

On 27 October, Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism Michail Portnoy reported that Belarus and China are going to introduce visa-free regime for organized groups of tourists.


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