The war in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea by Russia have been defining events for the current state of international politics in Europe. As tensions in the region and among global powers have increased, nearby countries reacted as best … Continue reading Turning a threat into an asset: Belarus’s image-making and the war in Ukraine
In Croatian history, football and politics have always been strictly intertwined. The Russian World Cup has not lacked scandals or prominent figures profiting (or not) from their positions. However, there is only one group of people to thank for the … Continue reading A nation on fire: how politics and sports intersect in Croatia
In recent years China’s political influence in Central Asia has been growing steadily. With Russian preeminence in the region being somewhat challenged, China has showed its willingness to manoeuvre through regional party elites when necessary. At the end of the … Continue reading A Trojan horse? China’s latest moves in Central Asia
EU-Russia relations appear to have reached an all time low. A consistent problem that only seems to increase tensions is the fact that Western media neither pay attention to, nor seek to understand Russia’s incredibly complicated identity. An identity that … Continue reading Russian Sonderweg. Is understanding Russia’s “Special Path” key to improving EU-Russia relations?
If one would ask most westerners about the state of Belarusian-Russian relations, chances are high that people would reply, “Belarus…isn’t that Russia’s little Slavic brother?” And one could hardly blame them; Belarus’ path of self-isolation has made it incredibly hard … Continue reading Humour à la Belarus – a fake state going viral in Lukashenko’s post-Soviet autocracy