Explaining Russian Alignment with Syria
Analysis

Explaining Russian Alignment with Syria

The following article originally appeared in The Antonian – a magazine published by St Antony’s College Oxford. Here, Dr Roy Allison, University Lecturer in the International Relations of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and GB Fellow at St Antony’s College, discusses topical issues of relations between Russia and Syria. The Syrian conflict is the world’s … Continue reading

“Yes, we can say No”- A new chapter in Albania’s protests
Analysis

“Yes, we can say No”- A new chapter in Albania’s protests

Great Power politics has isolated ordinary citizens in Albania. Mass protests pushing the government to refuse Syrian chemical weapons have so far gained little attention. Sashenka Lleshaj comments on this new phenomenon. After Bashar al-Assad decided to ratify the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention and subsequent Security Council resolution 2118, which set 30 July 2014 … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 26 August 2013 Belarus arrested the Russian Chief Executive of Ukrali, a potash producer. Vladislav Baumgertner was traveling to meet Belarus’ Prime Minister when detained. A video of him being searched later appeared on state television, suggesting that the arrest was revenge for the affront caused when Russia withdrew from a cartel … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 12 May 2013 A parliamentary election in Bulgaria marked by low turnout and widespread apathy has returned a hung parliament.  GERB, the governing party, remain the largest faction but suffered the loss of between ten and twenty seats. Coalition building is expected to be a laborious process. Source: Reuters The World Jewish … Continue reading