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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

Europe Politics

For Turkey, Russian partnership is high risk-high reward

A Russia-Turkey partnership is in the offer, and with increasing domestic and international political pressure the two countries seem to be headed for a significant diplomatic relationship in the near future. A

International Politics

Top 5 political risks in 2015

From Russian recession and falling oil prices to emerging market reform and divided responses to Islamic State, five areas will define political risk in 2015. One year ago today, the

Economics South and Central Asia

Rocky ride for Russia’s economy set to continue

Western sanctions and falling oil prices have cost Russia over $160 billion and have been “catastrophic” for the Russian economy. Despite this, the Russian leadership is unlikely to alter its provocative

Europe Politics

Scottish referendum: ‘Keep calm and carry on’

The Scottish referendum for independence on September 18th has led Westminster to promise greater decision-making power to Scotland if they vote no. Scottish independence could set a precedent for other separatist

Europe Politics

More sanctions for Russia from U.S, Europe

As Russia’s direct incursion in Ukraine’s Southeast elevates the conflict to a new and more dangerous level, the clash in the Eastern Europe is nowhere near its conclusion. As a

Politics South and Central Asia

Afghanistan’s unresolved election hurts economy

Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election results have once again provoked fears about the future of the country following NATO’s withdrawal. Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ashraf Gani Akhmadzai,