Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Easy to enter; hard to leave

Through roundtable discussions, interviews, and other publications, the thirty-year anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan has recently being commemorated in Russia....
feminine

A feminine future? Mass transformation for the bottom billion

The world is certainly not a poor place, but the distribution of global wealth is extremely uneven. In 2018, Forbes reports, there were 2,208 billionaires...
labour

Platform labour conditions: Yandex innovation prompts concerns

The competition in Russia’s online taxi-hailing business has become cutthroat and the leading companies are looking for ways to distinguish themselves. For years, driving...
nuclear

Suspending US-South Korean large-scale military exercises unlikely to change North Korea’s nuclear course

The article argues that Washington’s suspension of large-scale joint military exercises with South Korea, planned for March, will not reverse North Korea’s nuclear ambitions....
central bank

Central bank independence and economic growth

Central bank independence (CBI) is usually understood as the central bank’s ability to control monetary instruments. On the other hand, CBI can also be...
How liberal is liberal?

How liberal is liberal?

Leading media outlets have lamented Donald Trump’s destruction of the liberal ‘rule-based’ international order. Numerous articles accuse him of failing to respect the rules...
world order

The crisis of the old Western world order

The transience of the contemporary period, characterised by the evolution of the multipolar world order, differs fundamentally from both the now bygone yet long-lived...
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, 2018

North Macedonia: A new name, a new opportunity

After changing its name to the ‘Republic of North Macedonia’ under the Prespa agreement with Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic finally cleared the way...
Secretary Pompeo participates in the opening plenary of the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East. (Credit: US Department of State/Flickr)

The Warsaw ministerial on the Middle East: A new dimension of solidarity

On 13-14 February, the ‘Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East’ conference was held in Warsaw at the...
population ageing

Is China following Japan’s demographic footsteps?

China is ageing rapidly, sparking widespread concerns that the country may grow old before it becomes rich (fig. 1). Population ageing has often been...

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