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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

Lessons From Covid-19 and Earthquakes: Why Croatia Needs Meritocracy.

The whole world has been significantly impacted for the last several weeks and for the next months to come by Covid-19 (Coronavirus). In dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, Croatia was quite effective. Along with that, in the middle of these challenging times, the situation in Croatia was further complicated by a severe earthquake swarm, which […]

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Russia and Caucasus Observatory

Caucasus Essentials Pt.2 – Caucasus in the short Twentieth Century: Dealing with oil, domination and war

by Giovanni Zorra* In the previous part, we tried to resume all those geographical issues which are relevant for a better understanding of the Caucasus. This second contribution approaches the region on the historical side, addressing the focus on three macro-arguments, which can provide an interesting reading key. These three arguments are broad and obviously […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Domestic Policy

Amid COVID-19 lockdown, Poland tried to ban abortion (again) — here’s what activists did

Amid coronavirus lockdown, the Polish Parliament discussed the possibility to further restrict abortion rights in the country. A similar proposal was rejected in 2016 after a huge round of protests. Now that rallying is not possible, activists found alternative ways to make their voice heard. The proposal In the middle of the coronavirus lockdown, the […]

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Directors' Cut

Directors’ Cut Ep.4 – The emergency CoViD-19 and the rule of law: how the world is fighting corona virus

Covid-19 is placing itself as one of the toughest challenges Europe and world at large have experienced in the last 50 years. The consequences of this crisis are with little surprise shaking the international system. Governments are putting in place difficult solutions to overcome the pandemic, from closing the borders to shutting down the production […]

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Commentaries European integration Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

Orbán’s new move: fight a pandemic by undermining the rule of law?

Throughout history, pandemics have regularly resulted in an expansion of state powers; this is exactly what is happening now in one of the 27 member states of the European Union. Indeed, the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán is taking advantage of the epidemic to strengthen his authoritarian control over the nation. While it is […]

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Russia and Caucasus Observatory

Caucasus Essentials pt.1 – An attempt of definition through geography

by Giovanni Zorra* This contribution about the Caucasus is the first of a series. This region is interesting by itself and meaningful for its position in international relations, but often remains in our peripheral view. The attempt of this introduction is to provide some data, inputs, suggestions and finally to compose a sort of handbook, […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Domestic Policy

Procreation over immigration: what’s behind Hungarian free fertility treatment

On July 2019 the Hungarian government has launched its Family Protection Action Plan (FPAP) to boost demographic growth in the country, but this incentivisation is far from being what they claim. On February 2020 the Hungarian Government has taken control and nationalised several private fertility clinics in order to meet demands of the estimated 150.000 […]

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Governance and Multilateralism

The US beats the EU in Kosovo, and it may be a problem

by Thomas Romano* Albin Kurti’s fall ends the Atlantic consensus in Kosovo, and the consequences may be serious The fall of the government in Kosovo, on 25 March 2020, marked one of the lowest moments of EU’s foreign policy in the Western Balkans in recent times. 82 out of 120 MPs voted a no-confidence motion […]

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Directors' Cut

Directors’ Cut Ep.3 – Domains of warfare: hybrid threats in Central-Eastern Europe

Since its conception, our Centre’s name has tried to capture the meaning of the context that we wanted to analyse. The term “hybrid” was – and still is – a clear indication of the multiplicity of (state and non-state) actors that operate in Central-Eastern Europe, and of the number of instruments used by this same […]

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Commentaries Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

Montenegro and Turkey: a Special Relationship with a European Background

Since its independence in 2006, Montenegro has promptly started developing relations with the international community. Among its closest allies, Turkey definitely stands out. Particularly in recent years, its interests towards the Adriatic country increased in various fields such as culture, education and economy. Only last February, the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited his counterpart […]