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Cyber space: An unregulated battleground

Cyber space: An unregulated battleground
Katherine Atkinson

Katherine Atkinson

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Katherine Atkinson is from the UK and recently graduated with a master’s degree in Conflict Studies. She lives in Brussels currently, but did her studies in London and has lived in France, Russia and Moldova while she studied French and Russian. She is particularly interested in the politics of the post-Soviet space.
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On 20 January 2017 the world witnessed the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, after what may have been one of the most controversial pre-election period of all time. Trump’s election was marred by a DNC hacking scandal that threatened the very legitimacy of its outcome. The final declassified intelligence […]

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The Crisis Between Russia and the West: Who gets to be right?

The Crisis Between Russia and the West: Who gets to be right?
Camilla Edemann Callesen

Camilla Edemann Callesen

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Danish national with a BA in International Studies and a MA in International Conflict and Security. I have previous work experience from humanitarian, peacebuilding and human rights organizations in Belgium and Denmark, and from a research institute in Finland. My interests include Russia and EU’s foreign and security policies, NATO-Russia relations, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. In September I will commence my PhD in International Relations, which will focus on Russia’s foreign policy decision-making in the context of the conflicts in Ukraine and Georgia.
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Actors often disagree on the nature of a conflict because they believe – as well as want to present themselves – that they hold the correct interpretation of the situation. “Being right” is a much desired position as it will turn the situation in your favor and provide you with all the spoils of being […]

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NATO Summit Outcome: Preventing a Conflict or Creating One?

NATO Summit Outcome: Preventing a Conflict or Creating One?
Camilla Edemann Callesen

Camilla Edemann Callesen

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Danish national with a BA in International Studies and a MA in International Conflict and Security. I have previous work experience from humanitarian, peacebuilding and human rights organizations in Belgium and Denmark, and from a research institute in Finland. My interests include Russia and EU’s foreign and security policies, NATO-Russia relations, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. In September I will commence my PhD in International Relations, which will focus on Russia’s foreign policy decision-making in the context of the conflicts in Ukraine and Georgia.
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Since the 90s, NATO has been in search of a definite policy position in the post-Cold War security environment. This led to several reforms within NATO, including a pledge to manage crises via a combination of political and military tools and a focus on building trust and promoting cooperation with Russia. The objective after the […]

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What’s the deal with Russian gas in Georgia?

What’s the deal with Russian gas in Georgia?
Thom Van Willigen

Thom Van Willigen

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Thom is interested in policy issues related to energy, security and the relationship between post-Soviet states and 'Western' Europe (especially where these issues intersect). He recently completed an interdisciplinary dual degree MSc programme in European Governance at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Inspired to explore some practical elements to energy issues in a different way, he is currently working on two projects. First, a selection of tables that have a solar panel and inductive charging capabilities for phones embedded in the surface. Second, low-cost energy monitoring hardware and an online savings tool to realize a reduction in energy use aimed at countries with a high dependence on energy imports, a low level of awareness on energy savings potential and where energy prices are not transparent.
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Several months ago, there was quite the controversy in the small South-Caucasian nation of Georgia when its energy minister -former AC Milan football player turned politician- Kakha Kaladze started talks with Russian energy giant GAZPROM. These talks were necessitated by a looming natural gas deficit in Georgia in the short- to medium-term. The negotiations sparked […]

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Should Sweden abandon its neutrality policy?

Should Sweden abandon its neutrality policy?
Camilla Edemann Callesen

Camilla Edemann Callesen

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Danish national with a BA in International Studies and a MA in International Conflict and Security. I have previous work experience from humanitarian, peacebuilding and human rights organizations in Belgium and Denmark, and from a research institute in Finland. My interests include Russia and EU’s foreign and security policies, NATO-Russia relations, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. In September I will commence my PhD in International Relations, which will focus on Russia’s foreign policy decision-making in the context of the conflicts in Ukraine and Georgia.
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For over 170 years, Sweden has relied on a neutrality policy to avoid the consequences of war. Sweden’s belief in this position has however started to waver following the re-awakening of the Russian bear. As part of this, Sweden has expanded its NATO partnership and recently signed a “Host Nation Support Agreement”, which allows (upon invitation […]

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The enemy within – Russian influence in the EU

The enemy within – Russian influence in the EU
Suad Skenderi

Suad Skenderi

Suad Skenderi graduated Political Science, International Relations and Journalism at FON University, Macedonia and acquired his Master of Arts degree in Political Science at the Central European University - Budapest. From 2008 to 2012, he has worked as an assistant in the sector for Human Rights and Inter-ethnic relations at "Mesecina" - Gostivar. Currently he is an executive director at Romalitico, the academic medium related to Roma policy analyses. He is interested in data visualizations, infographics, advocacy, minority politics, politics of identity, representation, participation and good governance. In addition, he has contributed for the Balkanist, Bright Green, European Student Think Tank, Nationalia, Iul Pianus
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Author: Suad Skenderi In several situations Russia destabilized Europe: from the annexation of Crimea, escalating the migration crisis to financing European extreme right parties. Some may argue that this is a strong take on Russia and there is lack of evidence. However, public secrets of the European extreme-right anti-system parties are their agenda setting process […]

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Potentials and limits of natural gas exports as an instrument of Russia’s foreign EU policy

Potentials and limits of natural gas exports as an instrument of Russia’s foreign EU policy

Carl Johannes Muth

Visiting researcher at Central European University.
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Author: Carl Johannes Muth In the last decade and particularly amidst the backdrop of the current crisis in Ukraine, Russia has increasingly been labeled with numerous unflattering terms such as “evil empire” (Voltaire 01/14/2006) or the “enemy number one” (Foreign Policy 6/24/2013). Nowadays the Russian Federation is widely seen as a state ruled by Vladimir […]

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Cyprus: Russia’s Potemkin Village in the European Union?

Cyprus: Russia’s Potemkin Village in the European Union?

Athena Tacet

Athena Tacet is a journalist and editor specializing in foreign affairs, human rights and socio-political issues. Her writings have appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, and Embassy Magazine, a weekly Canadian foreign policy newspaper. She holds a BA in political science, a Certificate in Modern Arabic language and culture, a Graduate diploma in journalism and undertook a Master's degree in public policy at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her interests include the EU foreign policy, issues related to immigration and asylum policies, as well as nationalism and identity politics in Europe.
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A growing and significant partner for the European Union, Russia has also often played a double game aimed at destabilizing the Old Continent and continuing its policy of balkanization within the EU. Author: Athena Tacet Cyprus recently signed an agreement with Russia giving the Kremlin’s navy ships the right to access the island nation’s ports. […]

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