Economics

Russian Economic Footprint and the Impact on Democratic Institutions in Georgia

Dzebisashvili, Shalva, Suzana Kalashiani, Irakli Gabriadze, Rezo Beradze, and Mirian Ejibia. "Russian Economic Footprint and the Impact on Democratic Institutions in Georgia." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 19, no. 4 (2020): 39-58.

Introduction

In its effort to restore itself into a global power center and secure dominance in the post-Soviet area, the concept of the “near abroad” or the exclusive sphere of influence found a broad recognition in Russian political and economic elites long before the Putin regime, at the very beginning of its rule, played with the idea of friendly relationships with the West.[1]

Serbia’s Orientation Challenge and Ways to Overcome It

Pavičić, Vesna. "Serbia’s Orientation Challenge and Ways to Overcome It." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 18, no. 1 (2019): 111-127.

Introduction

This article aims to address the historical challenge and dilemma that Serbia has been facing for some time and will face for the years to come. It has to complete its democratic transition as one of the complex challenges. Domestic democratization must go hand in hand with the continuation of modernization as well as continuing alignment with the West and integration in institutions that would further contribute to the consolidation of Serbia’s transformation.

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Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Mouritz, Frank. "Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on China’s Belt and Road Initiative." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 19, no. 2 (2020): 115-124.

Introduction

There is widespread agreement among scientists that one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, the plague or black death, originated in China and spread along the old silk road to Europe.[1] It demonstrated a pattern that is as old as human history: when people and goods travel, so do bacteria and viruses.

COVID 19 and No One’s World: What Impact for the European Union?

Roloff, Ralf. "COVID 19 and No One’s World: What Impact for the European Union?" Connections: The Quarterly Journal 19, no. 2 (2020): 25-36.

Introduction

A lot is at stake for the European Union. Germany takes over the EU Presidency from Croatia on July 1st, 2020. How Germany manages the EU Presidency will be of utmost importance for the future of the European Union.[1] The challenge for the German EU Presidency is versatile as COVID-19 puts the European Union under pressure from an internal and external perspective.

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