Europe, relations with the world, and its indifference.

In the age of a raging pandemic, the last reminder we need is that of the US-EU relations. Especially, after the year the world has had and will continue to have, it is the last conversation anyone is willing to ponder. Yet, just as we did in 2008, we’re wondering what’s to come next. The…

Artsakh, or a right to self determination.

On Sunday, 27 September 2020, one state attacked a self determined state. To this day, it has now also attacked its neighbor to the west, in addition to surveillance. In July 2020, that same state attacked that same neighboring state to the west. By the end of the first week of bombings, reports from experts,…

The thing about Ethics…

A friend once described a social media action by a government as unethical. It had been to show mutual support in the commemoration of a shared grief. It made us think. Why would we call it “unethical” We thought harder: what is the real nature of bilateral relations? More to the point, when do they…

Armenia: a Small State in Four Points

Originally posted on Perspectives on Policy & Politics:
by Béatrice Chahine The first blog in the series of the small states introduced the concept and mapped the theoretical discussions around it. This blog discusses Armenia as a small state. Armenia is situated in a unique multipolar, multicultural, geopolitical and geostrategic location. It has a homogenous…

Small State Studies: An Introduction to a Broad Research Agenda

Originally posted on Perspectives on Policy & Politics:
by Béatrice Chahine, Robert Fullam, and Jenny Paturyan “Small states studies” is a collective term, used to denote a relatively new trans-disciplinary research agenda in social sciences. It encompasses political, economic, international, security, demographic and other areas of research focusing on states considered to be “small.” Those states…

Neutrality, when the world comes knocking.

Neutrality – a international law principle and a foreign policy mechanism. Many States in the global community choose to use albeit with numerous different mindsets and in very different strategies. However, there are a few questions, given the polarity today’s geopolitical society is experiencing. We wrote this a while back, haven been asked to brainstorm…

War and peace (no, not the book)

The funny thing is that a Greek and an Italian can easily become very imbued with himself. This is especially true when they are asked about their History. Or more specifically, when they are asked to comment on the architectural vestiges of ancient civilizations. But the first thing to know about history? No, it is…

Union. Division. Conflict. Resolution?

We have recently received intelligence, not that it is top secret of course, on the reasons behind the mismanagement of almost every crisis known to Man these last few years.. It seems that the UN is the cause of all problems. The world knew this long before and it hasn’t been easy understanding how the…