ISSUE 1-2019
Roman Temnikov
Roman Temnikov Nurlan Aliyev Volodymyr Solovian Stepan Grigoryan
Victor Zamyatin
Jiří Maňák
Pavel Venzera

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At the end of April 2019, three Central European countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland - commemorated the 20th anniversary of joining NATO. After their accession, the Alliance gradually expanded to include more countries from the former so-called socialist bloc and they became part of the prosperous democratic world. This move, together with joining the European Union, has fundamentally changed their modern history.

In today's turbulent times, it is in fact mainly their accession to NATO that provides them all - particularly the countries bordering on Putin's aggressive Russia – with sufficient assurance that they will not become the object of Russia's aggressive policy ever again. Putin's Russia has often unscrupulously, and often brutally, intruded into the internal affairs of its closest neighbours. This is also the topic of the introductory interview.

In this issue, we have attempted to define relations between the South Caucasus countries and NATO, which vary considerably from country to country due to their history, current political development and relations with Russia. The editorial board invited contributions from authors living in the countries that are tragically divided as a result of territorial conflicts. This approach has paid off as the authors have done their job with sine ira et studio.

The next contribution is devoted to the results of the Ukrainian presidential elections. Another subject we shed light on is the election of a comedian to a position that is endowed with considerable powers at a time when - from a longterm perspective - the country is going through a difficult time as it finds itself at war - albeit undeclared - with neighbouring Russia. The Ukrainian people's choice has confirmed the trend that has been observed in a number of other countries, i.e. voters' distrust of traditional politics and the search for "unconventional", often dangerous solutions. Time will show what this expression of dissatisfaction with Peter Poroshenko's presidency (in many cases unjustified) will bring to Ukraine. The new president may have one advantage at the beginning of his mandate: he can pleasantly surprise because nothing positive is expected from him.

We hope that these or some of the other materials will bring new insights to our readers.


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