Politics

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 […]
July 19, 2021

Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: Not In the Commonwealth Of Independent States Any More, Not In the European Union Yet

Since recently, Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia have been engaging in active mutual cooperation in their pursuit of European integration. All three states signed their respective association agreements with the “European Union (“EU”)” in 2014. On June 24, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the three countries held meetings with the […]
July 3, 2021

A Brief Review on Youth Policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

As of today, the population of Kazakhstan, which is approaching 19 million, has an average age of 30.7 recorded in 2020. With this average, almost half of the population of Kazakhstan, which ranks 114th in the world, is under the age of 29. The ratio of the population be-tween the […]
May 10, 2021

Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process

“Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process” (HoA-IP) is a joint initiative of Afghanistan and Turkey, announced 10 years ago at the 2011 conference in Istanbul. This initiative is aimed at strengthening regional security, economic and political cooperation with Afghanistan through dialogue and confidence-building measures. Within the framework of this joint […]
April 19, 2021

Changing Configuration of the Global Democracy: A Brief Analysis of the Democracy Index Report

Apart from the COVID-19 pandemic, the year 2020 has been marked by an unprecedented decline of democracy in the world. The latest issue of the Democracy Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit registers the lowest score of the global democracy (5.37) recorded since the index began in 2006. According to […]
March 20, 2021

Back to European Integration: Resetting the Foreign Policy Priorities of Moldova

The election of Maia Sandu as the President of Moldova on November 15, 2020, led to drastic changes in Moldovan politics and its foreign policy. As she had declared earlier, the new President of Moldova started to take actions aimed at intensification of the European integration of Moldova since she […]
March 19, 2021

Global Arms Trade and Implications for the Central Asian Region

A few weeks ago, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the leading international research institute on armed conflict, military expenditure and arms trade, presented its extensive annual Arms Industry Database for 2019 that elucidates the current state of affairs in the field of development and transfer of military technology […]
March 12, 2021

Impact of the Pandemic on democracy in the Central Asia Region

The pandemic has disrupted the usual course of life in many ways – some had to adapt to the new online lifestyle, others lost their jobs, some – even their lives. Most of the countries worldwide finished the year in a much worse socio-economic state than they had begun with […]