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No Laughing Matter: The Rise of Ukraine’s Comedian-President

On July 8, 2020, Posted by , In Europe, By ,, , With Comments Off on No Laughing Matter: The Rise of Ukraine’s Comedian-President

By Nate McGhie In the wake of the 2014 Euromaidan uprisings in Ukraine, comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy created, produced, and starred in “Servant of the People”, a TV series about an unknown history teacher winning the presidential elections. The show is a satirical take on the corruption and inefficiency…

Italy’s Counterterrorism Strategy – A Stroke of Fortune or an Example to Europe?

On December 12, 2019, Posted by , In Europe,Uncategorized, With Comments Off on Italy’s Counterterrorism Strategy – A Stroke of Fortune or an Example to Europe?

“Aside from a small number of low-level plots either thwarted or failed, there have not been any successful terrorist attacks on Italian soil since 9/11, a trend that has remained true since the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in 2014” (Vidino 2017). Why is this the case? Why has…

Tbilisi’s Political Woes Continue

On December 12, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tbilisi’s Political Woes Continue

Protests in Tbilisi ignited in Juneafter Russian lawmaker Sergei Gavrilov, deputy of the Russian State Duma, sat in the Georgian parliamentary speaker’s seat and addressed the audience in Russian. Protesters were not only angry about the Kremlin’s overreach into Georgia, but also with the Georgian Dream Party, which protesters claim…

Huawei and Russia: A Strategic Partnership

On November 18, 2019, Posted by , In Europe,Uncategorized, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Huawei and Russia: A Strategic Partnership

In recent months, Russia has been working with Chinese tech company Huawei to bolster its economy and infrastructure. Huawei has been able to leverage its joint venture with Russia to bolster their research and company goals. Huawei’s and Russia’s partnership is mutually beneficial, as Russia does not currently have a…

Reform Proves Difficult in Former Dictatorship Kazakhstan

On November 18, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Reform Proves Difficult in Former Dictatorship Kazakhstan

On October 9, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a presidential decree granting former president Nursultan Nazabayev power to veto appointees to a majority of government leadership positions (5). This decree forbade Tokayev from unilaterally appointing “cabinet ministers, heads of various security forces and regional governors.” Tokayev will still maintain control…