Politics

June 29, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Referendum: “The State that Listens to the Voice of the People”

A referendum was held for the amendments and new regulations to be made in the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan on June 5th 2022. According to the Central Referendum Commission, 7,985,769 (68.05%) of 11,734,642 voters participated in the referendum and of 6,163,516 people voted yes in the referendum, while […]
May 3, 2022

30th Year of Diplomatic Relations between Türkiye and Turkic Republics

Türkiye was the first country to establish diplomatic relations with the Turkic Republics and to open an embassy in 1991. Culture, language, religion and social affinity and ties from the past between Türkiye and the Turkic Republics have been important factors in the shaping and development of relations between these […]
May 2, 2022

Moldova in the Light of Russo-Ukrainian War

The ongoing large-scale Russo-Ukrainian military conflict has already initiated far-reaching geopolitical shifts in Ukraine and its immediate surroundings. As soon as the conflict broke out, it became clear that the conflict was a major risk that jeopardizes Moldova and its choice of European and Euroatlantic integration. During the early hours […]
March 31, 2022

China’s Water Projects in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Their Possible Effects

China is constantly faced with the problem of meeting its increasing demand for energy and natural resources and its large consumption needs has ever grown in parallel with its rapid economic growth in the last 30 years. There-fore China, which focuses on industrial production aiming for more efficiency and more […]
February 28, 2022

Emigrant Moldova and the Changing Concept of Migration

One of the biggest challenges that Moldova has been facing over the last several years is the decline of the population. The latest reliable data on the population of Moldova corresponds to January 2021, according to which the resident population of Moldova was 2,597,107 people. This is 1.8% less than […]
February 28, 2022

Old Europe, New Europe and the Associated Trio

In some literature and discussion, one can see Europe divided into “Old Europe” and “New Europe”. It is believed that the distinction between the two Europes was first made in a public speech by then U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in January 2003 [Defense.gov, 2003] to make a distinction […]
February 28, 2022

Border Clashes in Afghanistan since the Taliban Takeover

The first five months since the withdrawal of US troops and the forces of its NATO allies and operational partners, which led to a hasty Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, have been marked with recurrent border disputes and armed clashes, the most recent incident of which became the shootings at the […]
December 27, 2021

Turkey as the Most Important Non-EU Partner of Moldova

The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affair Mevlut Cavusoglu has recently been on a working visit to Moldova where he met with the Moldovan President Maia Sandu to mainly discuss issues of bilateral economic cooperation, trade, and investments [Moldpres.md, 2021]. The sides keenly agreed to increase the amount of bilateral trade […]
December 6, 2021

From The Asia-Pacific to the Indo-Pacific: Underlying Trends and Implications

Since recently, we have been witnessing the term “Indo-Pacific” being used more often than “Asia-Pacific” in the context of global affairs. Oftentimes this new tendency is viewed as a result of recent shifts in the focus by the West in its engagement with the countries of the Pacific region and […]
September 27, 2021

External Voting Patterns in New Post-Communist Democracies

The Party of the current president the Party of Action and Solidarity (Partidul Acțiune și Solidaritate) (PAS) won majority of the seats with 52.80% in the unicameral Parliament of Moldova as a result of early elections held on July 11, 2021. With this result the PAS, which is known to […]