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Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog

Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog

Azerbaijan: Where Geopolitics Perpetually Trumps Democratization

June 29, 2015 - 11:08am

June 29, 2015

If you take just a little a glimpse at the June 12thOpening Ceremony of the inaugural European Games held in Baku, Azerbaijan, you will see it right away: Azerbaijanis know how to throw a great party; it is simply in their DNA. Not only that, the elegance and depth by which traditional elements of Azerbaijani culture were expressed via contemporary media during the event,... Read more... Tags: Azerbaijan, 2015 European Games, Baku, Heydar Aliyev, Ilham Aliyev, Democracy Promotion, Geopolitics, energy security, Geoeconomics, Trans-Anatolian Pipeline, OSCE, EU

Freedom House Reports Alarming Authoritarian Pushback in Eurasia's Nations in Transit

June 26, 2015 - 10:31am

June 26, 2015

On June 23rd Freedom House—an independent democracy and human rights watchdog organization—released its annual Nations in Transit report. Nations in Transit (NIT) studies the state of democratization in 29 countries from Central and Eastern Europe to Central Asia. The NIT is also one of the few highly respectable and reliable... Read more... Tags: Freedom House. Nations in Transit, Eurasia, Democracy, Authoritarianism, Democratic Backsliding, Russia, Visegrad Four, Georgia, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Cenral Asia, Baltic States

Romania and Moldova in Political Crises Yet Again

June 19, 2015 - 2:47pm

Continuous political stagnation is a part of everyday life in Europe's east it seems. But sometimes that stagnation gives way to a full on crisis: often having something to do with corruption and/or the lack of political compromise. Thus it comes as no surprise that Moldova and Romania are in the midst of political crises yet again.

It was less than a year ago that Moldova and Romania made important positive strides towards achieving greater... Read more... Tags: Romania, Moldova, Georgia, Political Crises, democratic transitions, Corruption, EU, Eurozone, Schengen area, Traian Basescu, Victor Ponta, Chiril Gaburici, Hungary, Viktor Orban, Russia

The Other 1815

June 17, 2015 - 4:37pm

June 17, 2015

Waterloo was but an episode in a maelstrom of conflict across much of the world in 1815. In defeating Napoleon, British-commanded and allied forces had a great impact, but in 1914 and 1940 invading German forces were anew to raise the Western Question.

In contrast... Read more... Tags: Waterloo, 1815, British Imperial History, Great Power Politics

Modi Flexes His Muscles: India’s Cross-Border Raid into Myanmar

June 16, 2015 - 1:46pm

June 16, 2015

Last Tuesday, India launched a punitive raid into Myanmar.  Seventy commandos from the Indian 21 Para (Special Forces) Battalion crossed India’s eastern border to strike two militant bases.  The commandos quickly overran the bases and killed between 20 and 40 militants.  The raid was prompted by the ambush of an Indian army patrol about 110 km south of Imphal five days earlier.  Eighteen Indian soldiers were killed and another 11 were wounded... Read more... Tags: India, Narendra Modi, Austalia, China, Japan, Myanmar, United States, Li Keqiang