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More than the United States, China and certainly Europe, Russia pins its ambitions on diplomacy. The government needs diplomatic successes to bolster its position at home as much as its standing abroad. Over the past 25 years, foreign policy has served Russia’s bid to become again a great European power – commensurate with its size, resources and tradition – and ev...
Dr. Uwe Nerlich
Ukrainian leaders have claimed that Europe and its values are at stake in Donbass, and, more recently, that their country has been drawn into a ‘real’ interstate war with Russia. This rhetoric is harmful. It aims at extorting Western military support, which both United States' President Barack Obama and Nato at large have ruled out. It also makes the positions of R...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
A different model of political development and organisation is needed in the Middle East to avoid endless cycles of war and chaos. The conflicts have increased in intensity since the so-called Arab Spring of 2010. One way forward would be to develop ‘cantons’ in Iraq, Syria and Libya to achieve the peaceful coexistence of different minorities.