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Europe Politics

What to expect from Poland’s general elections

Poland is about to end eight years of political stability and liberal policies. The political negotiations following today’s general elections will likely either result in an ineffective government due to the

International Politics

Turkey’s global competition with China

Anti-Chinese tariffs and sentiments are increasing in Turkey as Ankara’s dependence on Chinese imports grows. Despite this, Turkish firms are taking on China in Africa and Central Asia. Two weeks

Europe Security

Russia reviews Baltic states’ independence, risks further backlash

In a fresh instance of saber rattling against the EU, Russia’s prosecutor-general has decided to review the legality of recognizing the Baltic States’ independence in 1991. While legal implications of

Europe Politics

Book Review: Frontline Ukraine

Richard Sakwa’s Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands is a compelling account of the unfolding of the recent crisis in Ukraine. The book offers a powerful revision of the prevailing

International Technology and infrastructure

The private sector’s vital role in the protection of critical infrastructure

National governments and international organizations are increasingly identifying strategies to protect Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI). This creates a window of opportunity for private business risk consultancies and security firms to provide

Europe Security

Nordic Defense Cooperation to counter Russian threat

The five Nordic defense ministers announced last week the beginning of extensive military cooperation between their countries, arguing that Russia is currently the biggest threat to European security. In a declaration published

Europe Security

Lithuania reintroduces compulsory military service

The president of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, announced on February 24th that the country plans to reinstate military conscription due to the current geopolitical situation. Although the president did not say

Asia Pacific Economics Middle East/North Africa

China forced to rethink role in Middle East

In recent years, China’s presence in the Middle East has taken on greater significance through deepening economic ties. China is now the second largest trading partner with Arab nations, jumping to

Europe Security

Mariupol and Debaltseve bring Russia closer to military endgame

In Ukraine, the latest rebel assault on the strategic transport hub of Mariupol signals the possibility of a full-scale invasion to secure the Crimean peninsula. Following last weekend’s offensive on

Europe Politics

EU reconsiders its policy towards Russia

Since early 2014, EU-Russia relations have been severely strained as a result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Politicians, scholars and authors talk of a “new Cold War” that has economics