Putin’s Invisible Army

Putin’s Invisible Army

As far as the law is concerned, they are acting illegally, yet the state willingly utilizes them to implement an adventurist foreign policy. Russian mercenaries are “invisible,” and not only to the organs of justice.

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Sanctions, Oil and Gas: Russia’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Sanctions, Oil and Gas: Russia’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Over the last four years, the Russians have somewhat learned to cope with such unfavorable conditions in the oil and gas industry. However, Moscow seems particularly prone to other activities of its Western partners, especially in the case of such project as exploiting deposits under the sea bottom in the Arctic or constructing large gas pipelines to Europe.

A New Wave of Anti-Government Protests

A New Wave of Anti-Government Protests

Protests which took place in the first half of August were the biggest demonstrations in Romania for months. Repercussions of numerous demonstrations are still visible. The government and the opposition blame each other for brutal actions of the gendarmerie.

Russia Deployed Its Nuclear Weapons near Alaska

Russia Deployed Its Nuclear Weapons near Alaska

A flight carried out by a pair of Russian strategic bombers from central Russia to the Chukotka Peninsula proved that Moscow is able to deploy its long-range aviation very close to the U.S. territory. There is no doubt that the Russians aimed to send a clear signal to the Americans.

A Russian Blockade of the Sea of Azov

A Russian Blockade of the Sea of Azov

Since July 2018, the situation in the Sea of Azov has been still catching attention of the Ukrainian and foreign observers: vessels flying the flags of Ukraine and foreign countries are more and more frequently being controlled by Russia. How does the blockade of the Sea of Azov influence Ukraine and what does Russia gain?

Russian Treason in Syria. A Bloody Epilogue in Idlib?

Russian Treason in Syria. A Bloody Epilogue in Idlib?

The conquest of the Idlib province is expected to put an end to the war between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the anti-regime rebellion. After the battle, there will be only some remnants of the Islamic State as well as the Kurdish-controlled zone.

Disinformation –  identifying, researching and fighting harmful narratives

Disinformation – identifying, researching and fighting harmful narratives

Warsaw Institute in cooperation with the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies will organize the Disinformation in practice project – identifying, researching and fighting harmful narratives in Georgia. The 5-month project launched in Poland and Georgia, starting on July 1, aims to explore the Russian influence on Georgian media and society.

Századvég Summer School – summary

Századvég Summer School – summary

On 8 – 14/07/2018, the Századvég Summer School, initiated by the Századvég Foundation, was held. The goal of the project co-organized by the Warsaw Institute was to create a space for dialogue between the youth leaders of the Visegrád Group countries and a discussion on the future challenges facing CEE. The project was financed from the Visegrád Fund.

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Frozen partnership: Georgia-NATO Relations After the Brussels Summit

Frozen partnership: Georgia-NATO Relations After the Brussels Summit

The recent NATO summit in Brussels once again confirmed the validity of the declaration of Georgia’s imminent membership within the structures of the Alliance that had been submitted in Bucharest in 2008. Nonetheless, it has not been specified when such an event would possibly take place.

Putin Tempts Europe with a New “reset” Policy

Putin Tempts Europe with a New “reset” Policy

Thanks to such moves as simulating reforms in the country and promising his Western partners to improve diplomatic relations, Vladimir Putin clearly wants to gain time as he has currently no other choice due to Russia’s poor economic situation and apparent lack of success on the international arena.

Armenia: Change of Power

Armenia: Change of Power

Armenia’s new government was formed by Nikol Pashinyan, the leader of the April protests that had eventually led to the change of power in the country. For his cabinet, he has appointed ministers of foreign affairs and national defense, both of them being experienced specialists; such a decision should foster non-revolutionary politics in these domains.

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