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Blog / Environment & Energy

The changing landscape for Energy in Europe

Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline Map, Genti77 via Wikicommons

During the last months major changes have been taking place in the sector of energy security strategy in the European continent. While the EU has adopted a framework for its energy strategy until 2030, quickly changing international developments have created a sense of urgency to act. Various …

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A map of Ukraine, highlighting the Kharkiv Oblast and the City of Kharkiv.
Blog / Russia and Eurasia

Understanding Kharkiv, Ukraine

A map of Ukraine, highlighting the Kharkiv Oblast and the City of Kharkiv – via Wikimedia Commons

Kharkiv*, Ukraine’s second largest city, is located in the eastern part of the country, only 25 miles from the Russian border. Although Kharkiv has had less of a presence in international headlines than Donetsk and Kiev, it has …

Armenians are marched to a nearby prison in Mezireh by armed Turkish soldiers.From the collection of Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives. Photographed by an anonymous German traveler.
Blog / Russia and Eurasia

Ethical Judgement of “Armenian G” Political Campaign

Armenians are marched to a nearby prison in Mezireh by armed Turkish soldiers. From the collection of Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives. Photographed by an anonymous German traveler.

Each year all Armenians across the world commemorate what they call “Armenian Genocide” which has already been recognized in some national parliaments as well as states …

Map of Georgia via ChrisO on Wikimedia Commons
Blog / Europe

The Lines On The Map And Why They Matter.

de l’Isle globe, 1765 -courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society via Wikimedia Commons

From finding our way, to simple curiosity; maps are tools which have been used by humans for thousands of years. With advances in satellite technology, it is now possible to create a map with near pixel perfect accuracy. Yet, whilst the geographical …

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Blog / Europe

Moscow and NATO look towards the Baltics

‘Zapad’ Russian-Belarusian Strategic Military Exercises, November 2013 – via Wikimedia Commons

When discussing key foreign policy and international relations issues the three small Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania rarely enter the conversation. The former Soviet republics, who are now full members of the EU and NATO, are often viewed with insignificance. However with …

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Blog / Europe

Nagorno-Karabakh: Challenge to the EU as a Normative Power

Askeran (Əsgəran) Fortress Vagag851 via Wikimedia Commons

As a result of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh – a piece of land in the Minor Caucasus – many had to leave their homes both in Azerbaijan and Armenia, in particular in Nagorno-Karabakh. Despite this, this article argues that the conflict sides value …

Blog / Europe

Why We Need To Keep An Eye On Belarus

 

Lukashenko in Minsk – 2014 – My Life the Universe & Everything via Flickr Creative Commons

Whatever the outcome of the current Ukrainian Crisis, further questions will remain about the European geopolitical situation. In particular, what will happen to Belarus, Ukraine’s more easterly loyal neighbour, and “Europe’s last dictatorship.” It seems clear, that after Russia …

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Blog / Europe

The EU and the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Shusha, Nagorno-Karabakh, during Azerbaijan SSR, İsa Rahimov, Music Teacher together with his students – via Wikimedia Commons

The South Caucasus with too many conflicts for its size of territory and number of population posits both challenges and opportunities to EU actorness in conflict resolution. Among other conflicts in the region, the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh …

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Blog / Environment & Energy

The EU And Energy Security

Major Russian Gas Pipelines – Sam Bailey via Wikimedia Commons

This year the crisis in Ukraine has threatened EU gas supplies and along with this the recent drop in oil prices has threatened member nations’ resolve to move away from fossil fuels towards more sustainable and self sufficient energies. The crisis in Ukraine has particularly …

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Blog / International Law

Ukraine in the Making

EuroMaidan in Kiev, 1 December 2013. Source: Ilya via Wikimedia Commons

A little over a year from the start of the protests in the Ukrainian capital’s Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti), the Ukraine crisis has not yet ended. The country is still torn between East and West in a fight against pro-Russian Rebel forces and, with …