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Dragon Out in the Cold: A Creeping Securitization of Sino-Danish Scientific Exchanges

In Northern Europe, much as throughout the EU, China is perceived not only as an economic partner but also as a country whose actions entail serious implications for national security. According to the survey conducted by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Nor. Utenrikspolitisk Institutt, NUPI) in 2020 in the five Nordic countries, investments from the EU nations are unsurprisingly ...

10.03.2022 13:18:01

The Twists & Turns Of Russian-Indian Ties Over The Past Few Years

... strategies with a view towards eventually assembling a new Non-Aligned Movement (“Neo-NAM”). This came about as a result of two parallel processes: the 18-month-long sequence of complications in Indian-American relations and the gradual improvement of Russian-Indian relations after the past few years of twists and turns. The present piece covers the second-mentioned development, which is integral to understand in order to appreciate the importance of Putin’s trip.Source: Kremlin.ru Russian-Indian ...

01.02.2022 16:23:02

The Russian-Indian 2+2 Format Will Synchronize Their Grand Strategies

The recent announcement by Indian Prime Minister Modi that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to establish the 2+2 format of talks between their Defense and Foreign Ministers will synchronize the grand strategies of the two great powers. There have been noticeable concerns from both sides over the past few ...

12.05.2021 16:35:23

NATO Troops to Stay in Afghanistan Beyond the May Deadline

... will change the trading pattern completely. New trading partners will have emerged, and Gwadar will become the hub of the whole region's commercial activities. Lack of Peace and Stability was a major hurdle in the region's development and the root cause of poverty. There is a strong will in the regional nations to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan to improve the region's connectivity, resulting in more economic activities and bringing prosperity for all in the area. There is complete consensus ...

05.02.2021 16:46:31

Three Ways Working With Russia Can Make the Middle East Safer

... state of affairs in the Middle East deteriorates, the bigger the likelihood that major terrorist incidents will happen in our domestic societiesREUTERS/Fawaz SalmanThe situation in the Middle East is changing. Every year, the quagmire that has been caused by revolutions, civil wars and external intervention only seems to thicken. Vultures are circling around the ruined carcass of Syria, with regional powers waiting for the opportunity to exploit the situation to their advantage. Proxy conflicts in ...

01.02.2021 16:34:18

Disinformation 2020 – US elections, AI, deepfakes, manipulation

An Oxford study of the 2018 US elections showed most of social media fake news and election interference came from domestic US sources. Regardless, as 2020 US election frenzy begins, prepare for an ever louder cacophony of howls on Russian meddling.Source: life.shared.com Almost ...

25.10.2019 11:06:48

Is ISRO’s Chandrayan Mission a Success?

NASA has lauded Chandrayaan-2, saying India's moon mission has "inspired" the US space agency which is keen to jointly explore the solar system with ISRO, a day after the lunar expedition suffered a snag while attempting a historic landing on the uncharted South Pole of the Moon.  The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) ...

10.09.2019 13:40:31

The Many Roadblocks of Russian-South Korean Economic Integration

Northeast Asia is comprised of 6 countries: Russia, China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea), the Republic of Korea (South Korea), Japan, and the United States. For both experts and casual followers of international news alike, reading through the list of countries ...

29.07.2019 11:50:44

Just How Far to Back Off on Iran?

Over the past few months, tensions between the U.S. and Iran have increased in tit-for-tat escalation. After the U.S. accused Iran of attacking ships in the Gulf of Oman, Iran’s denial has merely followed their alleged second strike in a few months on Gulf shipping. Attacks targeted oil tankers and vessels belonging to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Norway ...

26.07.2019 17:20:59

The Firing Squad, Neurons and Justice

Aleksandr Tsekalo’s “The Method” is a new popular Russian TV show depicting Rodion Meglin, a lone police investigator who tracks down serial killers, all while grappling with both his torn psyche and that of the perpetrators. Though the psychological thriller genre is familiar to Western audiences—popularised ...

01.08.2018 11:04:06

US sanction policy can end dollar supremacy: Case study of Iran’s charitable organization, EIKO

... Imam Khomeini's Order (EIKO). After the 1979 revolution in Iran, many of the officials or associates of the former regime escaped from the ruling and took refuge abroad. Under the new constitution, Setad spawned to manage the abandoned properties and use them at the service of the poor and people in need. EIKO (also known as Setad) is one of the largest service organizations in Iran and can be seen as a major National Charity. Setad has been active in a wide range of public service activities from ...

19.07.2018 16:07:19

Does Russia still have a “Kurdish card” to play in Syria?

Longstanding relations between Moscow and the Kurds has provided Russia with a “Kurdish card”, that is, the ability to modulate its support to various Kurdish national ambitions throughout the Middle East, depending on what the Kremlin was seeking to obtain from Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. The current ...

15.09.2016 10:44:00

NATO Black Sea Flotilla. A reef in the Turkish Straits

Strategic goals and objectives Last January, Romania initiated a proposal to create a permanent NATO naval task force in the Black Sea and Bucharest intends to discuss its project during the summit of the Alliance in Warsaw in July. It is noticeably the first concrete Romanian initiative in terms of maritime security in the Black Sea, a naval theater which has been depicted extensively as a Russian-Turkish security ...

27.04.2016 12:26:00

Ukraine’s tragedy is everyone’s tragedy

In Eastern Ukraine, we are seeing an ingenious Russian plot unfold — for the second time. Russian servicemen, wearing no insignia, infiltrate into the area and, capitalising on marginal grassroots separatism, spark unrest. They establish control in a professional manner, quickly, and largely ...

17.04.2014 16:14:00

There will be no Cold War

... have been his most important ever —, Putin hit a markedly anti-Western tone. Partially rewriting history, he bemoaned the West’s hypocrisy, double standards, and mingling in foreign countries; this time, ‘crossing a line’, in Russia’s sphere of interest. We have a Russia-West situation; we have hostility. Yes, it looks like a new ‘Cold War’. But it won’t get to that. It can’t get to that, because there is a huge disparity in power. Russia is ...

19.03.2014 15:05:00

Theorising on the Causes of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

... more of the five main determinants of a state’s decision to acquire nuclear weapons that have been identified in the relevant literature: security, domestic politics, norms, technology and economics. While recognising the complexity of multi-causality, I would argue that a careful analysis of existing cases leads to sufficient explanations about the general causes of proliferation, which can potentially be used to formulate predictions and policy recommendations, even if no one-fit-all theory ...

19.10.2013 23:17:00


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