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OSW Studies | | Agata Dubas

In late August and early September 2006, Kondopoga, a town of 40,000 inhabitants in Russia's Republic of Karelia, became the scene of ethnic riots. The pretext for the outbreak was one specific incident - a fight in a café between the…

OSW Studies | | Wojciech Konończuk

Belarus holds a special position in Russian policy due to its geopolitical, military and transit significance. Russia's influence and position in the entire Eastern European region largely depend on how strong Russian influence in…

Point of View | | Maciej Falkowski, Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

The rise of a new leader of the state of Turkmenistan – President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, who became ruler of the central Asian state after the 21-year rule of Saparmurad Niyazov, the self-proclaimed Turkmenbashi, who died on…

OSW Report | | Wojciech Bartuzi, Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, Krzysztof Strachota

The Southern Caucasus is the site of three armed conflicts with separatist backgrounds, which have remained unsolved for years: the conflicts in Georgia's Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and…

Point of View | | Marcin Kaczmarski

Under Vladimir Putin's rule, Russia consistently and systematically expanded its activity in Asia, establishing closer political contacts with key countries in the region, rebuilding relations with former allies…

Point of View | | Wojciech Bartuzi, Krzysztof Strachota

The conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia have been Georgia's main security problem since the beginning of the 1990s, and, along with the Armenian-Azeri conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, have made up the main security problems in the…

OSW Report | | Agata Łoskot-Strachota, Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz

The energy sector, especially with regard to natural gas trade, is one of the key areas of co-operation between the EU and Russia. However, the character of this co-operation has given rise to increasing doubts both in Brussels and…

OSW Report | | Adam Balcer, Wojciech Konończuk, Marek Menkiszak, Marcin Andrzej Piotrowski, Jerzy Rohoziński, Rafał Sadowski, Wojciech Tworkowski

The evaluation of Turkey's standpoint and potential regarding the aforementioned issues is especially important, considering the tensions existing in Turkey's relations with the EU and the USA, as well as the West's increasing…

OSW Studies | | Marcin Kaczmarski, Wojciech Stanisławski, Adam Balcer

The question of Kosovo's status is currently one of the most important issues in international politics. Since 1999, Kosovo has been an international protectorate which was created in the aftermath of the NATO intervention to stop the…