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Norway on the front line of tensions with Russia

Norway is a country with a strong Arctic identity and a NATO “listening post” in this strategically important region of the world. For decades, the basis of Norway's defence policy in the Far North has been a paradigm of, on the one hand, maintaining extensive defence capabilities in close cooperation within the North Atlantic Alliance, and on the other hand, “appeasing” Russia through close bilateral cooperation in the Arctic, especially in the economic sphere. As with other Nordic states, the perception of the threats coming from the world's largest state has definitely changed in the country after February 24th 2022. Norwegians are taking the possibility of an attack on their territory by the Russian Federation more and more seriously.

July 10, 2024 - Karolina Zub-Lewińska

Belgrade hosts the first All-Serb Assembly

Ethnonationalist politics are once again on the rise in the Western Balkans. The leaderships of both Serbia and Republika Srpska recently organized a rally for Serbs of the region, to provide a platform for ethnocratic and irredentist ambitions. This development cast an eye on the concerning erosion of EU leverage in the last years, which has consequences for the whole region.

July 8, 2024 - Grégoire Soria-Metais

Against all odds: finding hope amidst the fire in north-eastern Ukraine

In the heart of north-eastern Ukraine, the liberated communities of the Sumy region continue to be ravaged by Russia’s aerial assaults. The need for resolute military support amidst the shortage of long-range air defence systems and ammunition is felt especially sharply by the border communities, where recent attacks have wiped out entire villages. Yet amidst the devastation, the stark realities of war have encouraged locals to unite to rebuild their homes stronger than before.

July 5, 2024 - Anna Harmash

Our Serbian friend, the genocide glorifier-in-chief

The West continues to view Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić as a key partner in the region despite his long history of denying that acts of genocide were committed throughout the Balkans, and that his ongoing actions threaten regional stability. It is imperative that western governments reconsider their relationship with Serbia’s authoritarian leader.

July 1, 2024 - Leon Hartwell

A UN resolution on genocide reaffirms truth – and angers the Serbian government

A recent resolution from the United Nations has exposed long-running tensions concerning genocide and the Bosnian War. While this document laid the blame with individual Serbs and Bosnian Serbs, Belgrade continues to view such language as an attack on the whole Serbian nation.

June 28, 2024 - Arta Haxhixhemajli

Ukrainian women leaders, as the new civil elite of Ukraine, in the face of the challenges of the Russo-Ukrainian War

All of Ukrainian society has been engaged in resisting Russia’s ongoing invasion for over two years. This includes various women leaders, whose skills and experience have allowed them to become vocal advocates for the war-torn country.

June 26, 2024 - Andrii Kutsyk

What will Ukraine’s path to the EU look like?

Ukraine's accession to the European Union undoubtedly has a lot of positive aspects, including economic development, strengthening of democracy, access to common markets, and exchange in all spheres of social relations. In the future, Ukraine will open up new opportunities for the European Union. However, both the experience of previous waves of EU enlargement and the analysis of Ukraine's relations with the EU show that there are many challenges and potential problems on the way to full membership.

June 25, 2024 - Viktoriia Melnyk

A parallel world of co-existence in Montenegro

The beautiful country of Montenegro caught me by surprise during a recent weeks-long research trip. But it was not just the natural beauty and historical sites, but also another picture which astounds in times of war in Ukraine: a large Russian and Ukrainian diaspora which settled mainly on the Montenegrin coast. living together peacefully by an overwhelming majority. This lasting experience led me to write this article, analysing the lives of the two diasporas belonging to two states waging a brutal war against each other.

Already before the outbreak of the full-scale war in Ukraine in 2022, Montenegro was always a country of longing and emigration equally among Russian and Ukrainian citizens. Linguistic similarities and the common Orthodox faith serve as the basis of this attraction. Yet, linguistic and religious interplays were by far not the only reason for Russian and Ukrainian emigration to Montenegro.

June 22, 2024 - Svenja Petersen

Amid war, Nova Post’s growth connects Ukraine’s large diaspora

Europe’s Ukrainian communities, vastly increased by forced displacement due to the Russian invasion, seek connections to home. The foreign expansion of Ukraine’s Nova Post stands at this crossroads, offering communication channels while fostering timely economic internationalization during a costly conflict. In Berlin, inputs from refugees and Serhii Symonov, the CEO of Nova Post Deutschland, shed light on this two-way affair.

June 21, 2024 - Paul Mazet

Countdown to war – how populism grew while democracy fell silent

The year 2024 was never supposed to look like this. Europe at war. Its cities in the east reduced to rubble. Russian occupiers committing daily, medieval atrocities. And an assortment of radicalized populists, mobsters and extremists of all persuasions salivating over the prospect of Ukraine’s demise. Just how did we get to this point? How did fascism make such a comeback? And what have been the Free World’s biggest blunders that have brought us to the brink of a Third World War?

June 19, 2024 - Dominik Jun

Another populist threat to NATO stability?

Romania now finds itself on the front line of NATO's defence against Russian aggression. Despite this, recent European Parliament elections reveal a persistent threat from radical right-wing parties which should not be underestimated. Addressing the grievances attracting people to such forces will help strengthen not only Romania but NATO as a whole.

June 17, 2024 - Maria Branea

Recovery, reforms, or reconstruction? Results of the Ukraine Recovery Conference 2024

A competition of ideas, not of key stakeholders, is the formula for successful recovery. Scepticism within the country about the recovery process and reforms, as well as the germs of distrust, can only be overcome by the voices of the government and civil society.

June 12, 2024 - Olga Lymar Yurii Mykytiuk


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