Issue 10:4

Richard R. Moeller

The Challenge from Merkel’s Right: Alternative for Germany and the Alliance for Progress and Renewal in Bavaria and Eastern Germany

Abstract: In the past three years two new political parties have been established in Germany and both approach recent economic, social and civil issues from the political Right. The Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) can indeed be viewed further to the right than the Alliance for Progress and Renewal (Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch, ALFA); yet each notably exists in spite of Angela Merkel’s (Chancellor of Germany) Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU). Moreover,…

Issue 10:4

Nino Kereselidze

Causes of Conflicts and Methods or Resolution in the Caucasus

Abstract: After the collapse of the USSR and the outbreak of armed conflicts in the Caucasus, international relations scholars and practitioners have sought explanations about causes of conflicts and ways to their resolution. This article poses why conflicts have erupted in the countries of the former USSR and what are the methods of their resolution. With an effort to establish causality of conflicts, this article compares common causes of conflicts in the former Soviet Union with those in the…

Issue 10:4

Vladimir Remmer

The Role of Internet Based Social Networks in Russian Protest Movement Mobilization

Abstract: One of the unmistakable characteristics of Russia’s “White House” uprising that led to regime change in August 1991 was its broad popular support. The political upheaval that initially found buttress in Muscovite urban middle classes soon transcended all social strata and geography ending dominance of the communist party in Russia. However, the mass protests in opposition to authoritarian rule that gained energy in 2011 failed to generate the same momentum necessary to unite diverse…

Issue 10:4

Pavlo Ignatiev

Overcoming the “Dutch Disease”: The Economic Modernisation of Gulf monarchies into the 21st Century

Abstract: This article deals with necessity of oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to move away from commodities export in favour of more diversified economies in times of low prices of crude oil. Issues, including the rise of alternative branches of industry, shifts in agriculture to developing countries in Asia and Africa, investments in shares of profitable enterprises and property in the West, development of the service economy are examined. Keywords: GCC countries,…

Issue 10:4

Zbyněk Dubský, Radka Havlová

The Role of European Security Organisations in the Conflict in Ukraine

Abstract: The present conflict in Ukraine is considered one of the most significant crises in Europe since the disintegration of Yugoslavia. And, it is taking place in a very specific area with special interests of external actors. The conflict, which has escalated into a war, has been regulated and, in fact, frozen, due to the participation of international organisations. This study focuses on the role of three European security organisations: the European Union (EU), the North Atlantic Treaty…

Issue 10:4

Lucie Švejdová

“Fraternal Countries”: The Bilateral Relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey

Abstract: Azerbaijan stands as a pillar of secularism and a zone of stability despite the turmoil unfolding in its proximate neighbourhood caused by the conflict in Syria. However, since one of Azerbaijan’s major partners amongst the Muslim states – Turkey – is directly involved in the conflict, the dynamics of the civil war in Syria might generate far reaching implications to Azerbaijan’s foreign policy. This study offers an analysis of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey and…

2016 - Volume 10, Issue 4