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European energy supply security has long been a geopolitical and geo-economic issue and has become a key concern for the EU. Over the last...
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, June 2016. (Credit: Screenshot courtesy of China Daily News/Youtube)

Eurasian partnership: A new balance of power?

In June 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement with Chinese President Xi Jinping, declaring the goal of “a comprehensive partnership between...
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Big data in China: From myth to political economy

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Measuring the progress of societies: Alternatives to GDP 

During the 1990s under the Washington Consensus, ways of measuring different dimensions of society began to be reviewed: poverty (with multiple methodologies), inequality (with...
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Hegemony, power, and hybrid war

One of the salient features of the contemporary global landscape is that key state actors are seeking novel ways through which to maintain, achieve,...

European and Russian migration policy in perspective

“There is nothing permanent except change” wrote Greek philosopher Heraclitus. The world is currently being transformed at an accelerated rate, involving more and more...
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Terrorism in the North Caucasus

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Russia: A world or a regional power?

When describing the present condition of the international state system, a broad consensus binds political camps in both the East and West and can...
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The European Union represents one of the most articulated and ambitious attempts to construct an international order that explicitly rejects power politics and hegemony...

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