SE Asia politics, CEE relations, strategic communication
Robert Rajczyk is a journalist and political scientist. He is an assistant professor at the University of Silesia. He specializes in the analysis of policies in the CEE&SE Asia regions as well as mass communication and propaganda. He has been Taiwan Fellowship’s Programme recipient in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
An online summit of the BRICS members (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) was held on November 17. It was already the 12th meeting of this format, this time chaired by Moscow. Xi Jinping once again presented the Chinese vision of world order, calling for cooperation and maintaining multilateralism.
New defence bills of Sweden and Norway will increase their defence budgets by 40% and 27%, respectively. Meanwhile, Finland’s purchase of new fighter jets and upgrade of its navy fleet will raise the expenditures by 54% between 2020 and 2021.
Over the course of just one day, a high-ranking Russian government delegation traveled to Armenia and then Azerbaijan – the two Caucasus countries being now in an open conflict one with another. On the sidelines of the talks, the Russians discussed dispatching its troops to the Nagorno-Karabakh war theater, possibly with more servicemen to be sent than initially agreed.
Supercomputers with enormous computing power and entire data centers clustered in public and private clouds solve thousands of complex mathematical problems and operations every day. So why didn’t they predict the current pandemic?
The third Paris Peace Forum took place online on November 11-13, 2020. It was attended by Heads of State and Government, representatives of international organizations and members of civil society. The General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the conference.
Russian oil firms are desperate for money – and even more technology – to exploit oil-rich deposits in the country’s Far North, a situation that pushes them to look for foreign partners to invest in Arctic mining projects. Recent days brought such moves from two of Russia’s largest energy companies: Rosneft and Gazprom Neft.
The largest trading bloc in the world, accounting for 30% of world’s GDP, will be established when the agreement enters into force. The RCEP is a step forward in the economic integration of East, Southeast Asia and China, probably also being a step backwards in terms of plans for the economic decoupling of production chains.
Mass protests following the rigged presidential election turned out to be the largest opposition movement against the authorities in the history of independent Belarus. Although Alexander Lukashenko continues to hold the reins of government, he lost legitimization and the majority of Belarusians are against him.
It was quite likely for Maia Sandu to win Moldova’s run-off after she defeated the incumbent Igor Dodon in the first round. What is yet surprising is the scale of the victory for Maia Sandu. The difference is so big that the Kremlin quickly disowned the outgoing president who lost the ballot. Now Russia will do much to prevent Moldova from making a tilt towards the European Union and the United States.
On Tuesday, November 17, Warsaw Institute had the pleasure to host a discussion entitled CHALLENGES FOR ENERGY SECURITY. TRANSATLANTIC APPROACH. Our honourable guest, H.E. Ambassador Virginia E. Palmer, was interviewed by Tomasz Kijewski of Warsaw Institute.