Ruined by war. Aleppo, June 2017. (Credit: SebDech/Flickr)

Where are US-Russia relations headed?

Paul Saunders: Let me start with Ukraine. The Trump administration recently approved the sale of certain lethal weapons to the Ukrainian government. You are...
Refugees approach the Greek island of Lesbos. (Credit: Steve Evans/Flickr)

European migration management: A plan of action

Everyone agrees that the European Union has not handled the ongoing Mediterranean migration crisis well. Missteps and missed opportunities have split Member States and...
Peshmerga fighter in northern Iraq, September 2014. (Credit: Kurdishstruggle/Flickr)

What do the riots in northern Iraq mean?

During a December visit to Germany by Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, serious internal disturbances were taking place back in Iraqi Kurdistan. Demonstrations and...
Revolutionary nostalgia (Berlin remix). Karl-Marx-Straße, August 2017. (Credit: Joel Schalit/Souciant)

Reimagining Soviet history: The October 1917 Revolution and the New Economic Policy

On 29 November, the DOC Research Institute hosted the Were there viable alternatives in 1917 and 1929? conference at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Sponsored by...
Rojava solidarity flyer, Berlin. (Credit: Joel Schalit/Souciant)

Rojava and beyond

Throughout the Syrian Civil War, one of the few constants has been the strengthening of the Kurdish community. Their self-proclaimed autonomy in the north...
The real winner of Austria's election: Far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ). (Credit: Gregor Tatschl/Flickr)

The Austrian elections: Expectations and reality

The 26th Austrian elections took place with interesting, though expected results. As predicted, the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) received the largest number of...
China, The Three Gorges (Credit: gyn9038/Bigstock)

China: Leading the fight against global warming?

The Kyoto Protocol, which was signed in 1997 and came into force in 2005, envisaged binding targets for cutting emissions only for industrialised countries...
The hall of supreme harmony in the Forbidden City. Beijing, China. (Credit: aris_abdullah/Flickr)

Dialogue towards 和/harmony

The Chinese classic, The Book of Change, illustrates that change is an eternal truth for human existence, no matter if we admit it or...
Jamaa el Fna market square, Marrakesh, Morocco (Credit: kasto/Bigstock)

Development in the MENA region: Success or failure?

In the last five years, following the Arab Spring events of 2010, civil wars and disarray in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen have...
The MENA region: Catching up with the West?

The MENA region: Catching up with the West?

A roundtable on the MENA region took place at the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) on 27 October, exploring the reasons behind the strong...