How has the Ukrainian issue reshaped the NATO alliance?

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The aim of this article is primarily to explain how the Russia-Ukraine conflict has uncovered quite interesting trends in Euro-Atlantic security, including trends in NATO governance, and to conceptualise the strategic autonomy debate in Euro-Atlantic relations. (PDF) Bjørn Olav Knutsen

Ukraine’s Dangerous Drive to Decentralize

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Ukraine might benefit from decentralization, but only after the main anticorruption reforms are put into place, its economy is stabilized, and the threat to its very existence is removed. Under the present conditions, decentralization will weaken the central government and make Ukraine more vulnerable to Russian threats without de-escalating the conflict. (PDF) Maksym Khylko

Future German OSCE Chairmanship in handling Russia-Ukraine conflict: better small steps than no steps

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This article provides an initial overlook on the upcoming German OSCE Chairmanship’s priorities in 2016 in terms of handling the Russia-Ukraine conflict in so-called post-Minsk II environment. Berlin firmly believes that the OSCE is an irreplaceable international institution and the only one practically proved its capabilities in solving above conflict. Nevertheless, it remains unclear, whether Berlin has a kind of strategic emergency planning in case of the Minsk II peace accords failure. (PDF) Oleksandr Tytarchuk

Yerevan Electricity Protests Reach Climax

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Protesters in Armenia deny any political agenda, and political parties abstain from attempts to lead the protest movement, but Russian politicians and media comment ‘ElectricYerevan’ protests with conspiracy-laden messages, linking the protests to the U.S. and Ukraine. (PDF) Armen Grigoryan This piece was originally published by the Jamestown Foundation in the Eurasia Daily Monitor Vol.12 issue 121, June 29, 2015, and reprinted here with permission of the author.

Rethinking conflict transformation and the role of the third party

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Presentation of statement delivered by Mr. Marko Lehti (Tampere Peace Research Institute, University of Tampere, Finland) at the Advanced Research Workshop “Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Conflict Management: NATO, OSCE, EU and Civil Society.” Panel II. Analyzing NATO, OSCE and EU toolbox for conflict management. Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 9 June 2015. (PDF) Marko Lehti