The official investigation of the rather obvious case of the MH17 disaster by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been excruciatingly slow. Already, on the day of the shooting, on 17 July 2014, it was pretty clear that this missile could have only come from a regular Russian army unit. Who else would have had the opportunity to shoot from the separatist-controlled territory an airliner flying...

The BDM Poll Ukrainians love opinion polls and survey organizations proliferate faster than political parties. As both presidential and parliamentary elections approach in 2019, and in that order, it is perhaps not surprising that virtually every month sees a new poll, offering prognoses on the next president or the parties that will acquire seats in the Narodna Rada. From 12 to 25 July, the Mykolaiv-based...

The election of Donald Trump was an extraordinary moment in American history. It surprised pundits, analysts and almost everybody who was observing the presidential primaries and campaigns in the 2016 election. At the forefront of Trump’s rhetoric was the slogan: “Make America Great Again”, which mobilized a large group of Americans who felt left out of the positive impact of economic...

In line with an instruction from President Vladimir Putin, in December 2017 the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, in conjunction with Rosobornadzor [Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science], presented a report on the voluntary study of national languages in Russian schools. Since September 2017 an inspection had been conducted on “a verification of compliance in the...

Chinese efforts to woo Saudi Arabia’s ethnic Chinese community highlight the People’s Republic’s effort to avert criticism from the Muslim world of its crackdown in the north-western province of Xinjiang and strengthen relations with the kingdom and Middle Eastern nations. The efforts to woo a community, a significant part of which is of Turkic origin, identifies itself as Turkestani, and...

Germany is Western Europe‘s demographically and economically most significant country while Ukraine has, in the post-Soviet period, becomea geopolitical pivot state of Eastern Europe as well as the territorially largest exclusively European country (Russia and Turkey have parts of their territories in Europe, but most of them in Asia). There are deep historical links between Ukrainian and Germans....

The plan for a UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas and stakes of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict Whatever its eventual outcomes, the 2018-2019 electoral seasons in Russia and Ukraine are and will be changing Eastern Europe’s political landscape. The Russian presidential elections of March this year and their current and future reverberations in Moscow’s power corridors as well as the...

Since 2011, the Lebanese people have been facing several economic and political problems. So what must the next Lebanese government do to restore economic growth and ensure social progress? - Neutralizing Lebanon from all regional conflicts. The more the next government seriously initiates to neutralize the Lebanese scene from the regional developments and changes, the more it would be sparing this country...

In 2017, new political movements surprised most of us by defeating traditional parties in Europe. One year later, what have we learned?   1. Sending clear anti-establishment messages We witness how Italian youth is drowning to the Five-Star Movement because of its clear anti-establishment message. Actually, one Italian out of two supports anti-establishment and anti-European Union and anti-traditional...

On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the 12 demands towards Iran for starting negotiations on a new deal. However, President Trump’s diplomacy has demonstrated that his tactics lies in putting up excessive demands from the very beginning and further negotiations on an appropriate deal. In these frames, it would be interesting to look at Pompeo’s demands...

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