Can Serbia Let Go of Kosovo?

The Key Question for Balkan Stability

13 years after the Kosovo War, the conflict between Belgrade and Priština has re-ignited due to clashes over the control of border crossings and territory. But this time the conflict has not spiralled into violence, largely thanks to the EU’s South East Europe integration process. The desire to join the EU that has been evinced by all the Western Balkan states, but particularly Serbia, sends a signal that Belgrade is keen to find a peaceful resolution to its quarrels with Priština.


The Asia-Pacific region is a hub of power politics and uncertainty. For years, there have been tensions due to the ongoing rivalry between India and Pakistan, and the rise of China has also been unnerving for other countries in the region. All this has led to a build-up of conventional and nuclear weapons, with the resulting threat of an arms race.

Georgia and its Breakaway Regions: No Progress in Sight

Almost four years after the war between Russia and Georgia there is still no sign of a practical solution to the secessionist conflicts involving Abkhazia and South Ossetia. For the Georgian government Russia is the biggest obstacle to finding a solution to the secessionist conflicts.

India’s Arms Race

Challenges for Foreign, Security and Defence Policy

India is arming and is now the world’s most lucrative market for military hardware. Since 2007 no other country has imported more arms and military equipment than the subcontinent. In view of India’s present and future arms deals and the military build-up in the neighbouring states of China and Pakistan there are now fears of an Asian arms race.

Military build-up Dynamics and Conflict Management in East and Southeast Asia

The greater region of East and Southeast Asia is not only the region with the highest rate of economic growth worldwide. The majority of the region’s states have also been increasing the spending on their military forces at above-average rates for years. Can these dynamics be mitigated through better regional cooperation?

Partisan Media in the U.S.

Danger or Opportunity for the Political Culture?

In the United States, the political debate is starkly divided into two opposing camps. This applies not only to party politics, where last summer the ideological differences between Republicans and Democrats brought the country to the brink of insolvency, but also to the media, which is becoming increasingly partisan.

A country on the brink of a region? Germany’s Baltic Sea policies

What is Germany’s interest in the Baltic Sea region (BSR) and regional cooperation? What are the country’s motivesand incentives? It seems that it is not that easy to answer these questions as certain contradictions in the German stance as well as contradictions in the perspectives on the region of the different actors and observers in Germany have been evident throughout the years.


In a few weeks time, Germany’s presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) will draw to a close. On 1 July, at the conclusion of the country’s twelve-month term of office, Germany’s foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, will pass the baton to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, who will take over the rotating presidency on behalf of the Russian Federation.

Foreign-Policy Discussions in Sweden after 1990

From Neutrality to NATO?

Sweden’s foreign policy has undergone fundamental changes since 1990. Whilst having relied on neutrality both in foreign and security policy for almost two centuries, the country has actually been sending troops to NATO missions for quite some time. Nevertheless, Sweden has not become a full member of the military alliance to this day. The rapprochement with the West in the area of security policy has been progressing relatively steadily and smoothly since 1990. However, in public political discussion the change has been neither fast nor smooth.

Iceland – a reluctant EU candidate

Iceland submitted an application for membership to the European Union in a letter dated 16 July 2009, the same day the Icelandic Parliament, Althingi, passed a resolution empowering the Government to submit application, and, upon the completion of negotiations with the Union, to hold a national referendum on a prospective Treaty of Accession. But the Icelandic Government is split on the membership issue.

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