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Nagorno Karabakh: Georgian troubled position

On November 9th, Armenia and Azerbaijan, with the support of the Russian Federation, signed a ceasefire agreement which marks the umpteenth stop in a conflict that lasts since 1992. The situation is now calm, but not peaceful and this patch of Caucasian land shows now one of the World’s highest density of troops, from four […]

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Moldovan presidential election. A chance for change.

Moldova was at crossroads again, as the presidential elections that took place on the first of  November, on the one hand, offer a little hope of overcoming old divisions, while on the other hand put the country onto the same separation line: namely, whether the state is with the West or the East. The first […]

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Commentaries Foreign Policy

2020 BiH Municipal Elections and their intrinsic illiberal inconsistences

For Bosnians, 2020 not only represents the year of Covid-19 outbreak like the rest of the world. As a matter of fact, it is somehow a special year: amid the emergency, citizens have been called out to express their votes for the new municipal elections. The presence of international organisations still operating in the country, […]

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Commentaries Foreign Policy geopolitics Governance and Multilateralism

The resignation of Hashim Thaci: what is at stake for Kosovo?

Last week, the President of Kosovo Thaci announced his resignation after confirming his indictment for war and crimes against humanity committed when he was commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army. The case before the Kosovo war tribunal in The Hague marks a pivotal step for justice and the rule of law in Kosovo. What kind […]

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A stolen state: Another victory of Vladimir Putin

The latest parliamentary election which was held on the 30th of August 2020 in Montenegro has jeopardized not only the state’s democratic transformation, but also challenged international stability and security by posing a threat to NATO indirectly. The drama of the new political split lies in the fact that on the one hand, a de […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Foreign Policy

Libya, Venezuela, or Ukraine: Three scenarios for further escalation in Belarus.

  Lukashenko’s appearance in Minsk wearing body armor and carrying the assault rifle, while welcoming and congratulating the Belarusian special police forces AMAP on the streets of the city was comprehensively covered by pro-government media. Also on the 27th of August Lukashenko in his address to the public has said once more that hybrid war […]

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Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

USA foreign policy in the Western Balkans: why they are taking the lead

Over the past years the Balkans have come back into the radar of the United States, and this renewed interest has been pushed by geopolitical balances. Since the end of the Cold War, passing by military intervention in the 1990s, the United States of America has been engaged in the Western Balkans, with the goal […]

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Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

2020 Serbian Elections: the Real Sunset of Democracy?

On the 21st of July, Serbian citizens have been asked to express their political preferences for the new government. Amidst Covid-19 emergency, Serbia resulted in being the first country in Europe to hold elections. Initially planned for April, the event was organised immediately after the suspension of a strict lockdown. What came out from it […]

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Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

Balkan route: Covid-19 pandemic’s consequences for migrants

Since 2016, when the Balkan Route has become one of the most important ways for the migrants to try to enter into the European continent, the countries of the Balkan area had to face the consequences that the migrant flows have brought with them. The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic had made this situation more […]

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Commentaries European integration Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

The EU and the new geopolitics of inclusion: what has recently changed in the Balkans?

On the 6th of May, all the EU Member States and six Western Balkan countries held the Zagreb Summit. The intent of the meeting was to examine a European perspective toward the Western Balkans and their future in the EU.[1] [2] Originally arranged to take place in Zagreb, Covid-19 emergency led the EU and states’ […]