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  Will Russia solve Georgia‘s political problems?

Inga Popovaitë, political commentator
2014 11 10

G. Margvelashvili who‘s been serving the second term as President of Georgia continues to move away from the influence of his patron B. Ivanishvili. This puts a lot of pressure on President and Prime Minister I.Garibashvili, a close trustee of B. Ivanishvili.  Yet, most probably new Russia‘s policy toward Abkhazia will unite these political opponents.

  Orientalism reanimated: colonial thinking in Western analysts’ comments on Ukraine

Fabio Belafatti, Coordinator of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asian Studies (Vilnius University, Oriental Studies Centre) and lecturer of Central Asian Politics
2014 11 05

Source: Euromaidan Press

Over the last few months, pro-Russian commentators in many Western countries have been portraying the Ukrainian events using a mix of stereotypes that scarily resemble the rhetoric once typical of racist and imperialist ways of thinking. As a result of such stereotypes, Ukrainians (but also Georgians, Moldovans, Poles, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonians) have fallen victims to a new form of Orientalism, a distorted way of thinking that people in the West exhibit all too often when talking about other parts of the world. This contribution tries to provide food for thought to readers and commentators and urge the latter to stop and think before writing about Eastern Europe: first we may all need to rid ourselves of stereotypes that we may not even be aware of.

  Will Uzbekistan replace Ukraine in the Eurasian Union?

Fabio Belafatti, Coordinator of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asian Studies (Vilnius University, Oriental Studies Centre) and lecturer of Central Asian Politics
2014 11 03

The explosion of the Ukrainian crisis has suddenly cast doubts on the feasibility of the entire project of the Eurasian Economic Union (EaEU). Russian president Vladimir Putin made it very clear that an EaEU without Ukraine would lack an important symbolic component. It’s not just a matter of symbols, though: with Ukraine, the EaEU loses also a massive market, the second largest (after Russia itself) in what the Kremlin would like to be a competitor of the European Union.

  Nagorno Karabakh – new Russia‘s „peace“ project?

Inga Popovaitë, political commentator
2014 09 26

At the beginning of August the political experts have again turned their eyes on Nagorno Karabakh: here the bloodiest clashes took place since the ceasefire agreement announced in 1994 between Armenia and Azerbaijan. According to the international media, by 9 August the pogroms in both countries resulted in the deaths of more than twenty people. Thus there is no wonder that the Kremlin discerned here a chance to strengthen the positions in South Caucasus and the positions of V.Putin as a peacekeeper against Western opponents. On 9-10 August in Sochi Putin met with the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan and organised a tripartite meeting which was not attended by the representatives of the OSCE Minsk group. Let‘s see if Russia has really played the role of peacekeeper decisively.

  International relations and internal repression: the connection in Tajikistan

Fabio Belafatti, Coordinator of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asian Studies (Vilnius University, Oriental Studies Centre) and lecturer of Central Asian Politics
2014 09 08

Recent months have seen a constant increase in political violence and repression in Tajikistan. Far from being a mere coincidence, this phenomenon may be related to changes in the regional environment in Central Asia, as well as Russia’s increased efforts to promote the expansion of its Eurasian Economic Union.

  NATO must stand up to Putin’s threat to invade Ukraine

By Kurt Volker and Erik Brattberg
2014 09 01

The Washington Post

Kurt Volker is a former U.S. ambassador to NATO and executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. Erik Brattberg is a visiting fellow at the McCain Institute from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

Vladimir Putin is placing a cynical bet that he can invade Ukraine just one week before a NATO summit — and that NATO will do nothing to stop him. The alliance must prove him wrong.

  Interview with sanctions expert David Lektzian: on the impact of sanctions, crisis in Ukraine and economic confrontation between West and Russia

2014 08 21

David Lektzian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at TexasTechUniversity. His research interests are focused on the use of economic sanctions. His articles appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, etc. David Lektzian spent 2014 spring semester at the Institute for International Relations and Political Science (Vilnius) where he was teaching a course on trade, conflict, and economic statecraft.

  India ahead of Japan

Vaiva Sapetkaitë, Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilnius University
2014 08 07

According to the World Bank (WB), India is now the world’s third largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity, moving ahead of Japan which has been the third for a long time. The United States remains the world’s largest economy with 17.1 percent (of global output); the second is China (14.9 percent) and the third India (6.4 percent); Japan holds only a 4.8 percent share of global wealth. Presumably soon India will produce major share of global wealth, although during the recent years its economy has grown by only 5 percent.

  Old Europe: nothing new

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2014 08 01

The West tries to reach an agreement on stricter sanctions on Russia, but the Americans do not want to act unilaterally and seek support from the EU. For that it is first of all necessary to get consent of Germany and France; in case of success, it would be easier to convince the British.

  Irresistible Russia‘s propaganda machine

Viktor Denisenko
2014 07 25

Russia‘s propaganda machine in the war against Ukraine is gaining momentum. It uses diverse tools: from repetitive stereotypical concepts through Moscow-backed information channels to fact and data falsification.  

  Western sanctions against Russia: a closer look

Vaidotas Ðernius
2014 07 15

On 22-24 May an International Economic Forum was held in St.Petersburg; the 21st World Petroleum Congress was organised in Moscow on 15-19 June. The analysis of the two events reveals the attitude of Western world toward sanctions against Russian Federation.

  Approaching China: Russia’s risky game

Viktor Denisenko
2014 07 11

Recently China has become a central theme of Russian political discourse. According to Moscow, having united its forces with China, Russia could squeeze out the U.S. from the dominant positions in international relations. However, according to sceptics, China is more dangerous for Russia than Western world.   

  Why Lukashenko is so fond of new Ukraine?

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2014 07 03

The recent Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s behaviour and his statements in the context of his relations with Russia are staggering. When the Kremlin has been persistently highlighting the unconstitutional nature of revolution in Ukraine and illegitimate power of the acting president, Belarusian President met Alexander Turchinov. „Negotiations were very useful. [...]. We were able to find understanding about all the problems and issues that concern us“. 

  EEU: between politics and economy

Viktor Denisenko
2014 06 30

The profile of the major Moscow‘s geopolitical Project – Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is becoming increasingly apparent. With this union Russia wants to strengthen its positions in the post-soviet space, but hardly the EEU will become a Soviet-Union‘s Option No 2. Moscow‘s goals are quite obvious, but will membership in this union be beneficial for Belarus and Kazakhstan?

  Sanctions to Russia: who will laugh best? (1)

Viktor Denisenko
2014 06 23

Russia‘s role and influence with respect to the events in Ukraine urged the West to impose sanctions against Russia. Moscow laughed off the first signs of sanctions and their scope, but today nobody knows who will laugh best.

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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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