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  Armenia and Russia: “a shotgun marriage”

Valentinas Mitė
2008 02 13

Out of all South Caucasus States, the most stable and friendly relations of Russia are with  Armenia and both states are interested in this relationship.

Russia’s ambition is to have one more reliable ally in Caucasus Region, whereas Armenia has no other alternative. 

  The Russians promise chain reaction after recognition of Kosovo

Aušra Radzevičiūtė
2008 01 29

Prime Minister of Kosovo H. Thaci assures that the country is ready for independence and that recognition is only an issue of time. However, Russia warns that  declaration of independence of the country will provoke chain reaction, which will reecho in other regions of the world, including Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Trans-Dniester.

  Announcement about institutional partnership

2008 01 21

The East East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program of the Open Society Institute is pleased to announce an institutional partnership beginning in 2008 with the Center for Geopolitical Studies.

Additional information will be posted to this site.

The Center for Geopolitical Studies will not receive and review applications to the East East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program.  Please address all inquires/applications to Mary Frances Lindstrom, Program Director, mflindstrom@osf-eu.org.

  Imperialism in the foreign policy of the United States:historical perspective

Martynas Zapolskis
2008 01 18

The recent foreign policy of the United States is evaluated controversially. Some people consider the United States a guarantee for development of democratic values and international stability; the others blame administration of the country for application of dual standards in pursuance of selfish goals.

  Kosovo‘s independence is inevitable, and this in line with the long-term interests of both, the Albanians and the Serbs

Valentinas Mitė
2008 01 14

10th December 2007 has passed, and nothing has happened in Kosovo. Independence has not been declared and probably would not be declared until the Kosovo‘s Albanian Government ensures full support of the West regarding the above action. Nearly all the Western countries are ready to accept Kosovo‘s independence, only Russia is against the above step.

  Geopolitics of freshwater (II) (1)

Martynas Zapolskis
2008 01 07

As was stated in the first part of the article, problems related to lack and consumption of freshwater resources in the territory of several states generate a possibility of conflict between these states. Freshwater resources was a source of political tension in the relations between Israel and the Arabian countries, India and Bangladesh, the United States and Mexico, Turkey, Syria and Iraq, all the ten states of the Nile basin and many other countries.

  The year 2007 in Latvia and Estonia:old problems, solutions and consequences

Aušra Radzevičiūtė
2008 01 03

On the eve of elections the Latvian television promised to show the documentary called „Putin‘s System“, which has already been demonstrated to the Lithuanian population. But the film was not shown to the Latvians. Authorities of the Latvian TV explained that „the film was damaged“. According to unofficial sources, the authorities of the Latvian TV could not withstand pressure of Russia.

  Geopolitics of freshwater (I)

Martynas Zapolskis
2007 12 29

Freshwater is very important for each state as natural resource necessary not only for sustaining human lives, but also for many spheres of social and economic activity. When a state lacks freshwater or when its quantity or quality cannot potentially satisfy the needs of a state, it becomes a resource of strategic importance.

  Why is the last European dictatorship still alive?

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2007 12 10

Today several dictatorial regimes exist in the world and one of them is in Belarus.

There are several ways for replacing the dictatorial regimes: the first is related to use of force (sometimes with the help of foreign countries), and the second - to application of democratic or „half democratic“ measures (again, with the involvement of foreign countries). The Orange Revolutions which have taken place in the post-Soviet space several years ago, were supported by the United States.

  Turkey and the United States disrupt hopes of the Kurds?

Aušra Radzevičiūtė
2007 11 26

Currently fighters of the Kurdish Labor Party (KLP), seeking establishment of the free Kurdistan, have been more active in organizing various campaigns against the Turkish power structures and civil people.  Quite many fighters of KLP are hiding in the north of Iraq, Kurdistan‘s autonomic region and prepare their attacks from there. The Turkish Government, considering the bloody attacks as intolerable, applied to the Parliament by asking the authorization to execute „the cross-border military operation“.

  Spread of anti-Semitism epidemic in the East

Česlovas Iškauskas, political analyst
2007 11 22

In the middle of October president of Belarus A.Lukashenka „revealed a secret“ to the Russian journalists that Bobruiskused to be a Jewish city and that the Jewish have turned it into a pig sty: „It was awful even to enter it. A real pig sty. Actually this was a Jewish city...“ According to A.Lukashenka, the situation in the city improved when the Jewish left it, however he invited „the Jewish with money“ to come back to Bobruisk with their investment.

  Is Latvia awakening?

Aušra Radzevičiūtė
2007 11 19

About 10,000 Latvians on November 3 gathered in the Riga‘s Dome Square for a protest which called on the government to adhere to democratic principles and to the rule of law. The events in the neighboring country were evaluated differently – from the belief in new rebirth of Latvia to talks that powers seeking destabilization in the country are playing games with or manipulating the discontent citizens. What is the actual situation in Latvia?

  Poland after elections: different foreignpolicy guidelines

Česlovas Iškauskas, political analyst
2007 11 14

A centrist liberal political power Civic Platform (CP) has won the Polish parliamentary elections. Its victory is not absolute, therefore CP considers an option of a coalition Government. Will CP invite Kwasniewski’s social-democrats, or the oldest Polish People’s Party? The CP will hardly seek support from the Polish Peasants Party, the Self-Defense of the Republic of Poland or the League of Polish Families...

  Who are winning the Chechnya war?

Valentinas Mitė
2007 11 12

When will the war in Chechnya be over? Maybe when Russia will physically destroy part of the Chechens and turn the other part into zombies loyal to Moscow? Unfortunately, the recent events in Chechnya indicate that this is exactly the case; whereas the West simulates that is giving credit to Moscow’s statements that it is fighting against terrorism.

  Independence of Kosovo: pros and cons (2)

Valentinas Mitė
2007 10 29

In December the Albanian politicians are going to unilaterally declare independence of Kosovo in case if the United Nations fail to come to an agreement on the status of the province.

The United States supports independence of Kosovo and urges the EU to recognize the new structure straight after the official announcement. Whereas views of the EU Member States regarding this issue are different.

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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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