Politics

April 19, 2021

Changing Configuration of the Global Democracy: A Brief Analysis of the Democracy Index Report

Apart from the COVID-19 pandemic, the year 2020 has been marked by an unprecedented decline of democracy in the world. The latest issue of the Democracy Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit registers the lowest score of the global democracy (5.37) recorded since the index began in 2006. According to […]
March 20, 2021

Back to European Integration: Resetting the Foreign Policy Priorities of Moldova

The election of Maia Sandu as the President of Moldova on November 15, 2020, led to drastic changes in Moldovan politics and its foreign policy. As she had declared earlier, the new President of Moldova started to take actions aimed at intensification of the European integration of Moldova since she […]
March 19, 2021

Global Arms Trade and Implications for the Central Asian Region

A few weeks ago, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the leading international research institute on armed conflict, military expenditure and arms trade, presented its extensive annual Arms Industry Database for 2019 that elucidates the current state of affairs in the field of development and transfer of military technology […]
March 12, 2021

Impact of the Pandemic on democracy in the Central Asia Region

The pandemic has disrupted the usual course of life in many ways – some had to adapt to the new online lifestyle, others lost their jobs, some – even their lives. Most of the countries worldwide finished the year in a much worse socio-economic state than they had begun with […]
March 12, 2021

China’s post-pandemic Digital Silk Road

At the time when the pandemic has become an essential reminder of the undeniable role of digital technologies, China has shown itself as a leading technological power, which has been promoting its digital capabilities globally through a wide range of technological instruments, including using the pandemic for its own advantage. […]
March 12, 2021

Turkey’s Place in Mongolia’s “Third Neighbor” Policy

From Turkey’s perspective Mongolia is a very distant and little-known country with a small population. There is neither maritime connection between the two, because Mongolia is a landlocked country, nor direct active land transport route. In the pre-pandemic 2019 the bilateral trade between Turkey and Mongolia barely reached $43 million, […]
February 21, 2021

How Will the US-China Relations Develop In The Biden Era?

The Democrat candidate Joseph Biden officially took office as the 46th President of the United States of America (USA) on January 20th, 2021. Thus, 78-year-old Joe Biden be-came the oldest president of the United States. Kamala Harris made history as the first female Vice President in the US history. In […]
February 19, 2021

The Turkic Side of Ukraine’s Political Identity: The Role of Crimean Conflict in Ukraine’s Nation-Building

Since the outbreak of the Russo-Ukrainian war in February 2014, the two countries have lived in a constant confrontation mode. It can be said that the active phase of the conflict was a continuation of the previous long-lasting controversies regarding the underlying principles of the development models of the two […]
February 19, 2021

Elections in Kyrgyzstan: More Surprises, Less Hopes

On January 10, 2021, the people of the Kyrgyz Republic selected their sixth president at early presidential elections, which was urgently scheduled after the collapse of the previous government in October last year. According to the Central Election Commission, out of 16 candidates, Sadyr Japarov had won the elections with […]
February 4, 2021

Changes after the Parliamentary Elections for the Majilis in Kazakhstan

Along with the Majilis, the lower chamber of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the elections of deputies of regional, city and district local representative bodies, known as Maslikhats, were held simultaneously. In his address to the nation on October 21, 2020, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan […]