The Tian-Shan Gambit: Europe’s Ambitions in Central Asia 

Central Asia is a vast and resource-rich region situated between three major centers of influence. Formerly part of both the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union, its nations have only recently gained independence following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. They continue to be influenced by Moscow, although they have made some significant strides towards autonomy in their own right. The Russian military’s actions in Ukraine have continuously eroded the credibility of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a Russian-led military alliance. This, coupled with a significant loss of soft power in the countries of the post- Soviet space, which traditionally formed part of its sphere of influence, could create an opening for other influential actors to emerge as real alternative partners. The European Union wishes to consider an even more proactive role in Central Asia, given the young nations’ of Central Asia newfound pragmatism in foreign policy and its potential to enhance EU interests.

Let’s Tune In To The EU’s Periphery: Slovak Democracy At Risk, Assassination Attempt of PM

Slovak Prime Minister survived an assassination attempt, yet Slovak democracy is still on life support.

Let’s Tune In To The EU’s Periphery: Donald Tusk To Fortify Nation Against Illegal Immigration

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk plans to fortify Poland’s eastern border to prevent illegal immigration.

(Analysis) China’s push for influence in Central Asia

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Central Asia has fallen largely under Russia’s sphere of influence. However, China has had its eye on the region in recent years and is increasing efforts to dominate the land mass as part of its narrative of rebuilding its historic glory as the “Middle Kingdom”.

Let’s Tune In To The EU’s Periphery: Slovakia Elects Pro-Putin Left-Wing President

Slovak voters chose a pro-Russian President and risk their standing within the European Union and the West.

(Analysis) Finland Finds its Footing in NATO

Finland has long pursued neutrality as the order of the day. This has been done especially considering its neighbor Russia. Now that it is a new NATO member, it faces a large number of challenges.

Ambushing the Environment: The Russo-Ukrainian War

When it comes to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the major focus of masses is understandably on the immediate atrocities against civilians and war crimes, it is exceptionally essential to throw light and bring the issue of environmental degradation and climate change associated with the military to the mainstream discourse.

Let’s Tune In To The EU’s Periphery: Italian Foreign Minister Proposes EU Army

Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani calls for the creation for an EU army. This is not a novel proposal, yet it remains an elusive goal of the EU.