Category: Europe

Between the Bear and a New Rome: Ukraine’s Geopolitical Choice

On November 21st, the Ukrainian government announced it was halting negotiations over a free trade and economic development agreement with the European Union (EU). This was justified as necessary in the hopes of reestablishing normal political and economic relations with…

Resolved: This House Would Institute a Universal Basic Income

PROPOSITION Soon, Switzerland will have a referendum on a proposal to give a universal basic income (UBI) of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,800 dollars per month) to every working-age adult, regardless of income. That works out to $33,600 a year in…

Syria and Broader Trends in International Diplomacy: Part 2, Russia

The Obama administration’s drastic shift in US foreign policy in a post-Iraq War world order has already been evidenced by its handling of the Syrian Civil War. Although it took time, the United States is beginning to recognize that soft…

Zion on Ice: What is the Jewish Autonomous Oblast?

If asked to name the languages of northeast Asia, Yiddish probably wouldn’t be the first to come to mind. Yet in the Russian Far East, much closer to Beijing or Pyongyang than Moscow or Jerusalem, the miniscule Yiddish community of…

Welcome to Of Soldiers and Statesmen

The subfield of Civil-Military relations, a discipline under the broad umbrella of security studies, starts with somewhat of a paradox; namely, how can society effectively govern those with the guns? More explicitly, how do civilians maintain power over those who…

Welcome to Yugosphere

Is there anyone alive who can give a lucid, objective and unbiased account of Balkan history over the last 25 years? Does such a thing even exist? What is going on now? These are the questions that hang over the…