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Is humanitarian intervention a must? Evidence from the Balkan states. Part 1

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This is a first piece of articles that explain humanitarian intervention into Balkan states. I will examine the role of humanitarian intervention and answer the question whether it is a must to intervene if citizens of another country are in danger.

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Who benefits from Ukrainian ceasefire? And who loses from it?

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While the international community greeted the peaceful plan of Petro Poroshenko and signed a Treaty of Minsk [1] aimed at declaring a cease-fire in the Ukrainian East, which, however, has not established any kind of justice. 

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Ten Western myths about “Ukrainian Crisis”

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I have been living in the Netherlands for the last two months and during this period I have had an opportunity to feel a genuine interest towards the so-called “Ukrainian Crisis”.

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Hypocrisy of the West and Russian “threat” to the liberal international order


There is a popular opinion, also shared among the authors on this website, that Putin’s Russia is deliberately hindering current international order. I see two big problems with this oversimplification.

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My first year as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus


I would go through my first year as the Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Belarus in a curious time, full of menaces and opportunities.

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From Russia without Love


In his recent speech in Brussels, US President Barack Obama made a distinction between Russia’s current actions in Ukraine and the behavior of the USSR during the Cold War, stating that this time Russia leads “no bloc of nations [and has] no global ideology.”  This is true to the extent that Russia is not now proposing any new system of ...

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Visa free regime for Moldovan citizens: How, Why?


On the 28th of April 2014, Moldova became the first Eastern Partnership (EaP) country granted with a visa free regime to Schengen area. This allows Moldovan citizens holding a biometric passport to travel to Schengen countries up to 90 days within any 180-day period without a visa. I propose here to analyse the details of this achievement.

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Crumbling Myths about Liquefied Natural Gas Export from the USA. Part 2: Time Myth.


This piece is the continuation of the article on the controversies over liquefied natural gas export from the US. In the first part of the article, I adressed the myth about negative economic results of LNG export. And here, I would like to touch upon another argument, which is often raised by the oponents of  LNG export. Time Myth Another common ...

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What does the Association Agreement mean for Georgia and Moldova? Myths and Reality


The last Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit held in Vilnius on the 27th-28th November 2013 saw the finalization of the negotiations on the EU-Moldova and EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA), including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). The time has now come for bilateral signature, which will take place in Brussels on the 27th of June.

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Poor Ukraine, So Far from God, So Close to Russia


«Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States!» – lamented the Mexican president and dictator Porfirio Diaz, who ruled Mexico for years before the civil war in 1910. The emotive drive of this mourning echoed one century later in “poor” Ukraine that has recently found itself forgotten by the god and thrown into the jaws ...

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