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Interview – Wojciech Lorenz

Interview – Wojciech Lorenz

Wojciech Lorenz discusses the effect of the election of Donald Trump and events in Turkey on NATO, potential NATO enlargement and Poland’s current security situation.

Vegans Vs. Sausage-wielding Nationalists; Or, How I Miffed Your Motherland

Vegans Vs. Sausage-wielding Nationalists; Or, How I Miffed Your Motherland

The sausage-throwing incident at a vegan cafe’ in Georgia reveals plenty about what the problem is with veganism in the post-Soviet world.

Current Military and Political Menaces in the South Caucasus

Current Military and Political Menaces in the South Caucasus

Coercion and blackmail towards neighbors may be an inherent feature of Putin’s current policy. Thus, Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan are not immune to Russian actions.

Review – Putin’s Wars: The Rise of Russia’s New Imperialism

Review – Putin’s Wars: The Rise of Russia’s New Imperialism

Van Herpen expertly details the complicated legacy that empire has on the modern Russian state – and offers an important background to on-going events in Ukraine.

Did BLACKSEAFOR Ever Have a Chance?

Did BLACKSEAFOR Ever Have a Chance?

At the operational level, the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group has been relatively successful. Nevertheless, the goal to serve as a security confidence building mechanism never had a chance to succeed given the nature of the region’s geopolitics.

Review – Russian Foreign Policy: From Nation State to Global Risk Sharing

Review – Russian Foreign Policy: From Nation State to Global Risk Sharing

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia endured a difficult rebirth into a unipolar world order where it struggled to find a place. Dr. Nicolai Petro traces the journey the nation’s governments have made since this painful transition and looks to the continuing evolution of Russia’s diplomatic identity.

The new Russian military doctrine: more of the same?

The new Russian military doctrine: more of the same?

The long-awaited publication of the Military Doctrine of the Russian Federation in February 2010 was the result of years of debate within the Russian military and political establishment. It outlines a post facto legitimization of Russia’s role in the August War against Georgia in 2008 and of other initiatives adopted by Moscow in the field of international security in the new century

How NATO and Russia are Shaping the Future of European Security

How NATO and Russia are Shaping the Future of European Security

The kind of conventional military brinkmanship going on at the common NATO-Russia border is not good news. A phenomenon not seen since the frostiest Cold War periods. If the last East-West confrontation offers a cautionary tale, it is that the situation urgently needs to be de-escalated, before worst-case scenarios become self-fulfilling prophecies.

South Ossetia and Georgia’s aggressive state-integrationism

South Ossetia and Georgia’s aggressive state-integrationism

Georgia has been guilty of aggressive state-integrationism, and, by its unquestioning support for Georgia’s ‘territorial integrity’, the international community fully shares the guilt for the bloodshed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Georgia has squandered any moral claim to control the respective territories.

Iran’s Energy Mix and Europe’s Energy Strategy

Iran’s Energy Mix and Europe’s Energy Strategy

The recent Russian-Georgian conflict brought to the forefront several important international issues, not least the thorny problems concerning Russia’s energy clout and the European Union’s energy vulnerability. It became increasingly clear that Russia has no intention of becoming a passive or marginalised power. Simultaneously, current containment policy towards Iran is failing. . It is important that Iran be part of near-future investment programmes and arrangements – both economically and politically.

The many dimensions of ethnic conflict: South Ossetia, Georgia, Russia, and the ‘precedent’ of Kosovo

The many dimensions of ethnic conflict: South Ossetia, Georgia, Russia, and the ‘precedent’ of Kosovo

The recent events in the South Caucasus once again highlight the pervasive and destructive forces inherent in ethnic nationalism. These should not be misunderstood as simply local phenomena for they have wider ramifications and are shaped by factors well beyond their locale.

Conflict in the Caucasus: Restoring Peace and Principle

Watching for signs of war with Iran, many of us probably took our eyes off other hot spots where President Bush’s imminent departure is a strategic consideration. Georgia’s Saakashvili launched his military action to regain control of South Ossetia, no doubt with the departure in mind and probably thinking America’s pro-war administration would back him. Yet his decision was unlawful and foolhardy.

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