Good Faith: Religious Dynamics in Albania
Politics

Good Faith: Religious Dynamics in Albania

Good Faith: Religious Dynamics in Albania Tom Ball discusses Albanian religious dynamics, their relation to Turkish influence and geopolitical interest  For nearly fifty years now China has pursued the policy of ‘stadium diplomacy’, providing African nations across the continent with football stadia on concessionary loans and sometimes even free of charge. Since the completion of … Continue reading

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

Georgia and the ICC: firm beginning, uncertain outcome
Development / Politics

Georgia and the ICC: firm beginning, uncertain outcome

  On January 27th, the International Criminal Court commissioned an inquiry, concerning the crimes committed during the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia, during the summer of 2008. Despite being criticized for exclusively targeting the African continent during its first years, the Court has not ceased to conduct fair and transparent trials, in the interest … 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

Is Klaus Iohannis a “dilettante”?
Politics / Reports

Is Klaus Iohannis a “dilettante”?

            Earlier this month, the German newspaper Der Spiegel published an article describing Romanian President Klaus Iohannis as a “dilettante”.[1] The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “dilettante” as “a person whose interest in an art or an area of knowledge is not very deep or serious”.[2] Synonyms include “amateur”, “dabbler” and “aficionado”.[3] The point the German newspaper … 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