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Blog / Research

Ukraine: diplomacy is the only route to achieve security.

Barack Obama and Vladmir Putin at the G8 Summit (2013) – Pete Souza via Wikimedia Commons

In this article we seek to examine the causes and consequences of why Ukraine has erupted into a civil war which is torn by identity politics in Crimea.  There is one significant factor that must be examined: diplomacy.  More …

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Blog / Europe

The Internet in a Conflict Zone: Grass roots Peacebuilding across Ukraine

European Commission DG ECHO, Ukraine: Survival on the frontline, Flickr

Coverage of the Ukraine crisis focuses predominantly on geopolitics, conflict, and macro level diplomacy. While this is integral for understanding the conflict in an academic, strategic, theoretical and informing sense, a micro level focus is lacking. Indeed, local peacebuilding is often overlooked, and struggles to get …

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Blog / Environment & Energy

Assessing the environmental impact of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine

Industrial city Donetsk, Vladimir Yaitskiy via Flickr 

The conflict in Eastern Ukraine reached a tentative ceasefire at the second Minsk agreements in February of this year, and yet shelling and military activity continue in Donbass and the eastern part of the country. Coverage of the conflict highlights the strange interplay between cultural and linguistic claims …

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 / 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 …

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Asia / Blog

Russia’s new friendship with China isn’t all that friendly

DAVOS-KLOSTERS/SWITZERLAND, 28JAN09 – Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation captured during the ‘Opening Plenary of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009′ at the Annual Meeting 2009 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2009 via Flickr

 

For most of human history, the people inhabiting modern-day Russia and China were …