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The autonomous statelessness of Transnistria

The autonomous statelessness of Transnistria

The separatist region of Transnistria has long been a disputed territory and as is the case with many other former constituents of the Soviet Union, such as Nagorno-Karabakh, it remains to this day a ‘frozen conflict’. Similarly to other enclaves formed after the fall of the Soviet Union, Transnistria’s status...
Nagorno-Karabakh - An(other) Invisible Conflict

Nagorno-Karabakh – An(other) Invisible Conflict

The Caucasus has a long history of political instability that for the most part has been disregarded by the West. The protracted nature of the conflict and the relatively small geopolitical significance of these countries have rendered the region almost invisible in the last decade. Since the 1990s, when separatist...
Syria: UN Condemnation but not intervention

Syria: UN Condemnation but not intervention

Since March 2011, Syria has seen the bloodiest demonstrations in the Arab world. The United Nations believe that more than 6,000 people have died at the hands of the authorities. The crackdown’s violence reached a new level earlier this month when the government carried out intense shelling in the city...
Tomahawks over Tehran? - Is the West already committed to war with Iran?

Tomahawks over Tehran? – Is the West already committed to war with Iran?

Iran enjoys the attention of Western media despite, or perhaps because of, its reclusive and disengaged nature. It seems that in the last couple of months Iran has made headlines on an almost weekly basis. At the end of November, William Hague joined foreign ministers at the European Union to...
Nepotism and the new oligarchs: Putin's Russia

Nepotism and the new oligarchs: Putin’s Russia

Following months of speculation, Dimitry Medvedev announced on September 24th that he will be supporting Vladimir Putin’s bid for presidency in 2012. Addressing a number of delegates after Medvedev’s statement, Putin called his support “a great honour” and went on to suggest that he would consider nominating Medvedev to replace...
Russia: Not at liberty to say

Russia: Not at liberty to say

A report by the International Federation of Journalists in 2009 revealed that an estimated 300 journalists have been killed or have disappeared in Russia since 1993. Almost two thirds of these incidents occurred since Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000. To date, according to The Committee to Protect Journalists,...
The Palestine statehood bid jeopardises peace

The Palestine statehood bid jeopardises peace

Mahmoud Abbas had no option but to demand statehood for Palestine at the UN General Assembly on September 23rd this year, following rounds of negotiations that the US has brokered for the past two decades between Israel and the occupied territories. In a calm but firm voice, he explained the...