Russia: an Enabler of Jihad?
Russian officials have had to contain their glee in monitoring recent political events in America and Europe. They appear to think their days in the cold may soon be over. […]
Assassination in Ankara: Russia, NATO, and Turkey’s Violent Politics
On December 19, Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, assassinated Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. His action was apparently meant as retribution for Russian bombings in eastern Aleppo, […]
Turkey’s Proposed Constitutional Changes and Erdoğan’s Forever War
The package of proposed amendments to the Turkish constitution that were announced on December 10 foresee the gradual concentration of even more power in the hands of President Recep Tayyip […]
Centralasien kan åter bli länk mellan öst och väst
Fem postsovjetiska republiker i Centralasien firar nu 25 år som självständiga stater. De första åren för de centralasiatiska republikerna var en prövotid, när det gällde att bygga upp en ny […]
Följer Frankrike i Trumps spår?
Sarkozy utslagen: Högern valde den mer liberale men nästan lika invandringskritiske François Fillon. – Vi står på randen till inbördeskrig, säger den franska säkerhetspolisens chef Patrick Calvar och konstaterar att extremismen […]
Georgia has delivered on democracy. It is now Brussels’ turn
If Georgia’s parliamentary elections of October 2016 were a test of the country’s commitment to democratisation, it passed the ordeal with flying colors. They tested the limits of Europeanisation from […]
Japan`s Policy towards the South China Sea – Applying “Proactive Peace Diplomacy”?
Japan’s policy towards the South China Sea (SCS) is likely to have a considerable bearing on the future shape of the regional order in this region although ultimately US-China competition […]
Erdogan’s Journey – Conservatism and Authoritarianism in Turkey
What happened to Recep Tayyip Erdogan? The Turkish president came to power in 2003 promising economic and political liberalization. But under his rule, Turkey has instead moved in a profoundly […]
Pyongyang’s ‘weapons first, negotiations later’ strategy
On 9 September 2016, the US Geological Survey detected a 5.3-magnitude earthquake in the area of North Korea’s Punggye-ri underground test site. Four hours later, North Korean state television announced that […]
Uzbekistan after Karimov: a EU on the sidelines?
On August 29, news broke of the death of the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, at the age of 78. Amid conflicting reports on the status of the president’s health, […]