The clock is ticking on the divorce of the century. (Credit: melis/Bigstock)

European ‘divorce’: The two-year countdown begins

On 29 April, 2017 twenty-seven leaders of EU member-states –  all except for Great Britain's Prime Minister Teresa May, who will no longer be...
The European puzzle doesn't fit together without Malta. (Credit: corund/Bigstock)

Small country, big politics

Malta, the small island state of 420,000 inhabitants, is undertaking its first EU presidency since joining the union in 2004. On the first day of...
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Fostering global civilisational cooperation

A delegation from the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, led by chairman and co-founder Dr Vladimir Yakunin, recently traveled to Beijing to give a...
Lenin's performance at the second congress of councils by artist V.A. Serov, from the series '50 heroic years'. (Credit: EhayDy/Bigstock)

Conference: October 1917 in historical perspective

A roundtable on Inequalities, economic models and Russia’s October 1917 revolution in historical perspective, was held on 23-24 October, at the Dialogue of Civilizations...
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Yellow vests and blue mandarins

Pointing to France’s long history of combining forms of dirigiste policymaking with interest group fragmentation, Jürgen Grote looks at the yellow vests movement and...
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...
Rojava has become increasingly newsworthy. (Credit: argus456/Bigstock)

Rojava’s complicated environment

Western Kurdistan is a territory in the north of Syria, often simply called Rojava (which means “the West” in Kurdish). Recently, Rojava has been...
The crisis of the Iraqi state and the civil war in Syria have led to autonomous Kurdish regions. (Credit: PromesaArtStudio/Bigstock)

The Kurds: Between a dramatic past and an uncertain future

A people with a complicated destiny is fighting for a decent life in a conflict-torn region. They have been subject to their neighbours’ policies...
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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....
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Slowdown of growth in China: Circumstances or choice?

In 2007, Chinese GDP grew by 14%. Since that time growth rates have almost continuously fallen and amounted to only 6.6% in 2018 (fig....

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