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  Iraq: political difficulties of the ”young democracy”

Jurgita Laurinënaitë
2010 11 01

One and a half years ago the army of allies started the operation “Iraqi Freedom”, and on 31 August of this year the U.S. president B.Obama announced that the U.S. combat mission in Ira1 was over. In fact, 50.000 U.S. troops still remain in the country until the end of the next year to help local security forces to keep order in the country and pursue their training. Currently troops remaining in Iraq begin a new phase of operations “New Dawn”.

  Latvia’s electorate: authorities areright...

Česlovas Iđkauskas, political analyst
2010 10 25

The results of the Latvian parliamentary elections were unexpected both to Latvians and to their neighbors. A Latvian right-wing party alliance “Unity” with its leader Prime Minister V.Dombrovski strengthened their positions with 31,8 percent and 33 of the 100 Saeima seats, although, according to forecasts, he had to lose in the crisis stricken Latvia. Together with the Union of Greens and Farmers and the alliance “All for Latvia!”, “Fatherland and Freedom” alliance won 60 percent of votes and will have a solid majority of 63 mandates in Saeima.

  Russia against A. Lukashenka

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2010 10 18

Presidential elections in Belarus will take place on 19 December 2010 and A.Lukashenka will probably again retain his position. There is another option that he might choose a controllable successor, but this version lacks logic: first of all, because of the complicated relations with the surrounding world there is no reason for him to take care of own image: secondly, he feels sound and healthy, thus, there is no need to leave the position.

  CIS as a geopolitical ghost

Viktor Denisenko
2010 10 11

The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which today is more formal than actually operating organization, was established after the fall of the Soviet Union. The initiator of this political alliance was Moscow. Its initial idea was actively supported by Ukraine and Belarus, several former soviet republics joined CIS later. Russia did not want to release its former „sisters“ from the sphere of influence, whereas the size of CIS should have solved the disagreements which emerged after the collapse of USSR.

  Why war in the KoreanPeninsula is not possible?

Aivaras Bagdonas, VU TSPMI doktorantas
2010 09 27

During the recent half year tension on the KoreanPeninsula has increased, and Pyongyang started threatening to use the military force against South Korea, the United States and other countries.  From March of this year, when South Korea accused its neighbor for sinking of the warship, Pyongyang threatened military actions.

  Divided Georgia: no way back?

Česlovas Iđkauskas, political analyst
2010 08 30

After two years of the war in Georgia, this region is still defined as an area of ongoing conflicts between Moscow and Tbilisi, the dilemma in recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the response of the international society toward the situation in Caucasus.

  Syria and instability in the Middle East

Ieva Lekavičiűtë
2010 08 23

In 2002 the U.S.ambassador to the UN John R.Boston assigned Syria to the „rogue states“ cooperating with the „axis of evil“. B.Obama‘s administration is also suspicious toward this country, but it realizes that in order to reach peace in the Middle East it will have to find the ways of cooperation with Syria. However, so far the policy of warming the relations with Syria does not give positive results.

  Political development perspectives in Kyrgyzstan

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2010 08 16

The first uprising in Kyrgyzstan took place in April 2010, a new draft Constitution was announced in May, and on 27 June the voters approved the Constitution. Let’s consider the future political situation in Kyrgyzstan and the perspectives for the establishment of a stable power in the country.

  The Global and regional actors in the South Caucasus

Dr. Stepan Grigoryan, Chairman of the Board of the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC)
2010 07 12

The Armenian elite’s way of thinking and Armenia’s foreign policy have been influenced by the history of the Armenian people, particularly the tragic events of 1915, when near 1.5 million Armenians were exterminated in the Ottoman Empire and a million people were spread all over the world, forming the Diaspora.

  Growing estrangement between Russia and Iran

Česlovas Iđkauskas, political analyst
2010 06 28

UN Security Council (SC) adopted the Resolution on new sanctions to Iran. It is interesting to know why Russia approved sanctions against Iran‘s nuclear program.

On the eve of voting in the UN, Tehran Times wrote that „ever since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 Russia has never been Iran‘s friend“.

  Belgian „Laboratory of European Integration“

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vladislav B. Sotirovic
2010 06 25

After the new parliamentary elections in Belgium and great electoral victory in Flanders by Flemish separatist party (the New Flemish Alliance) which is fighting for political independence of Flanders, the Kingdom of Belgium is once again facing the long time process of governmental constitution like in 2007/2008 when only 196 days after parliamentary elections Belgium finally got a new government.

  European and Russian relations: illusions and reality

Boris Tumanov
2010 06 21

During nearly twenty years of existence of the post-soviet Russia, Europe‘s attitude toward the country has changed significantly. Initially, Europe tried to recover after the geopolitical shock caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union, later - to get rid of the illusions concerning the triumph of democracy in Russia; and during the tenth decade of the last century - to get accustomed to the neo-imperial ambitions of Russia.

  Vytautas Landsbergis' word in Baltic Europe Intergroup

2010 06 14

This year, in the very middle of June, the Baltic nations will commemorate 70 years of their greatest misfortune. Then, in 1990, the neighbouring Soviet Union invaded and occupied all the three Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia for a long decades of captivity just shortly interrupted by German invasion with subsequent Soviet reoccupation and forcible sovietisation under brutal Stalinist force majeur causing enormous human and cultural losses.

  Great Bear is not going concede in the Arctic

Aivaras Bagdonas, VU TSPMI doktorantas
2010 06 01

For quite a long time the Arctic interested only scientists and researchers. 2 August, 2007 could be referred to as a major change in the geopolitical policy, i.e. the day when Russian expedition left the Russian flag on the Arctic Ocean floor, in the depth of 4 km, close to the North Pole. By this Moscow announced that this profound territory is prolongation of Russia‘s state and started international fighting for the Arctic.

  Floundering union of Russia and Belarus

Valentinas Mitë
2010 05 24

The union of Belarus and Russia is an old project of two neighbors, which practically does not move toward a real union of the two states.

After the fall of the USSR,Belarus didn’t choose a clear road of integration to the West, although there were attempts to do that.

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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (41)

2017 01 19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.

National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia will deploy additional military units in three cities (67)

2017 01 18

For effective complex defence of Latvia, the establishment of a permanent division of the National Armed Forces has started in Latgale, reported the official website of the Ministry of Defence.


In Lithuania the amount of 110 thousand Euros was collected at a concert in support of the ATO fighters and residents of Donbass (23)

2017 01 17

On 13 January a concert "Together to the victory" was held in Lithuania, where the audience decided to support Ukraine's defence and donated 110 thousand Euros.


Belarus has established a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries (2)

2017 01 10

Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.

The European Parliament approved the recall of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia (3)

2016 12 19


The European Parliament approved the granting of a visa-free regime for short-term trips to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reported.


The US House of Representatives approved actions against the influence of Russia

2016 12 08

The US House of Representatives approved a bill on establishing an inter-departmental body, the purpose of which would be to resist Russian attempts of "influencing the people and the governments" of other countries, - reported the Associated Press.

Alexander Parkhomenko. The pro-Russian (not already) President of Moldova, who was seated by the Russian Federation, stated about the way towards the EU

2016 12 02

"I back up": networks got surprised with the unexpected statement of the pro-Russian President Dodon about the EU.

The newly elected president of Moldova Igor Dodon, known for his pro-Russian views, stated that his country is not going to refuse from the cooperation with the European Union.


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