Nagorno-Karabakh: four days of conflict have interested Russia
conflict / Politics

Nagorno-Karabakh: four days of conflict have interested Russia

Givi Gigitashvili explains different interpretations of this seemingly intractable and complex frozen conflict on the edges of Europe, and how Russia might be trying to assert influence in the region, 22 years after the end of full-scale hostilities. Fallout between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region has palpable traits of ethnic conflict. Although this … Continue reading

Securitizing the Syrian refugee influx: How Visegrad group countries use language to turn migrants into threats
Politics / Reports

Securitizing the Syrian refugee influx: How Visegrad group countries use language to turn migrants into threats

by Givi Gigitashvili The Syrian refugee crisis has once again sparked debates about the existence of two different Europes, with deep-seated discrepancies between the Eastern and Western European countries. From its outset, political leaders of Central and Easter European countries portrayed the Syrian refugee crisis as European security issue. Against this backdrop, Visegrad group countries (Poland, … Continue reading

Romania Is Becoming More Transparent Than a Fine Sieve: A Sudden Appetite for a Tech Extreme Makeover
Development / Economics / Politics

Romania Is Becoming More Transparent Than a Fine Sieve: A Sudden Appetite for a Tech Extreme Makeover

Romania is, by its unique nature, a country of the most astonishing paradoxes. In some senses it can be a true Galahad, pure in thought and deed, but from the other side appear like a misshapen troll. For instance, a recent tweet by Bernie Sanders provoked a spring of satisfaction in Romania. Continue reading

Censorship and ‘extremism’: The state of modern Russian media
Culture / Politics

Censorship and ‘extremism’: The state of modern Russian media

by Andrej Martirosjan Freedom of Speech in Russia: Russian media The freedom of the Russian media is currently a very frequent and important topic especially in the West. Given that to many it appears that Russia is basically waging an “information war” against the West, on topics including, for instance, the Ukrainian crisis, this is understandable. … Continue reading