Issue 2010 - Volume 4, Issue 2

Two international Ukrainian passport with handcuffs on US dollars background

Issue 4:2

Yuliya Zabyelina

Unpacking Pandora’s Box: Defining Transnational Crime and Outlining Emerging Criminal Trends

Transnational crime has been accepted as a working concept in most related disciplines. Yet, regardless of its wide recognition by academicand policy making communities, the term has remained amorphous. In order to provide greater precision, this article engages in a bold effort to conceptualise transnational crime by gauging its extent and diversity. It explores the conceptual richness of the term transnational crime by establishing the spatial relationship between its transnational,…

Russia and Iran

Issue 4:2

Thowhidul Islam

Iran’s Nuclear Policy: Russia’s Perspective

Abstract: Despite Iran’s claim that its nuclear intentions are based strictly on developing the technology for peaceful purposes, the regime is constantly criticised – notably by the US and EU – and has come under immense pressure, resulting in debilitating international sanctions to prod the regime to be more transparent in its nuclear activities. Despite this, Russia continues to support Iran’s nuclear goals. This work sheds some light on how Russia views Iran’s nuclear ambitions and provides…

Father and daughter with a flag on Lithuanian independence day

Issue 4:2

Hanna Vasilevich

National Minorities and Diasporas in Lithuania

Having evolved from a Soviet republic to an EU member-state, Lithuania is viewed as an established democracy. Officially Lithuania is considered a ‘success story’ in handling minority issues. This work analyses the scope of national minority rights in Lithuania and is based on the country’s domestic legislation, international legal mechanisms which Lithuania is a party to as well as works of Lithuanian and international scholarship. The text reveals considerable shortcomings regarding the…

Democratic Republic of the Congo Flag painted on old wood plank background

Issue 4:2

Adrien Jahier

ESDP Operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A Realist Analysis

Whereas most interpretations of European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) operations are either normative or functionalist, this article argues that what motivated the European Union member-states to launch military operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is nothing less than a classic struggle for power in order to project power in Africa and counterbalance the United States. Therefore, realism and its theoretical offspring are relevant for analysing ESDP operations as they…

Russian money

Issue 4:2

Irina Valko

EU-Russian Economic Integration: Gridlocked by the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement?

EU-Russian economic integration and the growing institutionalisation of bilateral relations is, partially, the way out of global recession. Dueto political obstacles the pace of economic integration is rather slow. Unable to overcome the ‘lowest common denominator’ attitude towards each other, the EU and Russia are gridlocked by existing agreements. In times of global economic recession a new cooperation agreement is crucial for intensifying trade, which positively affects national welfare in…

Missiles in the abandoned military base

Issue 4:2

Daria W. Dylla

The Polish Missile Defence Decision: Reviewing the ‘Scrapping’ of the Bush-Era Missile Defence Plan

Although the decisions of the Polish government to deploy the US missile defence base in 2008 and 2010 was regarded by many commentators as taken against the domestic majority opinion, this article presents some arguments to support the assumption that those decisions were compatible both with the improvement of Polish security, and with the attitudes of Polish society. This line of argument is based on the theory of double survival.  

Coal mine Michal in Ostrava region in Czech Republic, nowadays a museum

Issue 4:2

Senka Neuman-Stanivukovic and Marek Neuman

From Preference Formation at Home to Preference Promotion Abroad: The Role of Czech Intrastate Actors

Building on the governance turn in EU studies, this work examines the emergence of polycentric interest structures among new member states and looks at the extent EU governance structures contribute to decentralisation and deconcentration of power with the state eventually losing its traditional monopoly over decision-making vis-à-vis EU processes. The analysis is based on an empirical study of decision-making processes in the Czech Republic contrasted to EU regional and foreign policy. In…

Dawn scenery of Shanghai financial district,China

Issue 4:2

Askhat Safiullin

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia

Tracing the debate on the importance and influence of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on regional security integration in Central Asia, this work assesses the degree of its integration. It mainly addresses the interplay between individual state security needs, norms and identities. My proposed perspective is based on constructivism, informed by the English school. The paper concludes that security cooperation between SCO member states in the security environment is impacted by three…

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