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May 15 2015

Why is Klaus Iohannis outsourcing Romania’s foreign policy?

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Klaus Iohannis’ election was seen by many to signal a shift from the ‘old’ corrupt ways of doing politics in Romania and a historical moment that would mark the start of deep processes of transformation in Romanian politics and society. … Continue reading

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Dec 4 2014

Putin and Erdogan: Partnership of convenience?

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Though Putin’s visit will be remembered for the South Stream announcement, what is most remarkable about it is the continued development of Russian-Turkish relations amid mounting tensions between Putin and the West, writes LSEE’s Dimitar Bechev in a post that … Continue reading

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Nov 26 2014

LSE Cities: ‘Reconstructing Sarajevo’ report

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The challenge of reconstructing a city after the devastation of war far surpasses the act of bringing together its pieces. Never has this been truer than in the ethno-cultural complexity and geo-political density of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s (BiH) capital city of Sarajevo. … Continue reading

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Sep 16 2014

Gazprom’s gas deal in Republika Srpska provides South Stream stop-gap

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Gazprom’s announcement of a deal to supply the Republika Srpska with gas imports from mid-2015 should be seen within the context of Russian moves to push forward the South Stream gas pipeline, currently under review by the European Commission and … Continue reading

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Jul 21 2014

Lessons from Bosnia: what is the real impact of peacekeeping?

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The conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine have been accompanied by calls for intervention from foreign countries. One possibility for this form of intervention would be a peacekeeping mission of the kind conducted by the UN in Bosnia during the … Continue reading

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Jun 30 2014

Serbia, Sarajevo and the outbreak of the First World War

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 The assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Habsburg throne, and, by accident, duchess Sophie, by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 triggered the First World War, the causes of which are deeply complex. Disagreements regarding the … Continue reading

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Jun 19 2014

Power politics on the outskirts of the EU: why Transnistria matters

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In September this year, Transnistria, the separatist region located in the Eastern part of Moldova, is set to celebrate the 24th anniversary of its de-facto independence. And yet there is little scope for celebrations – as only the contested states … Continue reading

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