Meet the Ukrainian Ex-Prosecutor Behind the Impeachment Furor

KIEV, Ukraine — As soon as he got the invitation from Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, it was abundantly clear to him what Mr. Trump’s allies were after. “I understood very well what would interest them,” Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s recently fired prosecutor general, said in an extensive interview in London. “I have 23 […]

Steinmeier’s Formula: Its Background & Development In The Normandy & Minsk Processes

The Minsk One and Minsk Two “agreements” (September 2014 and February 2015) dictated to Ukraine to accept a constitutional special status for the Russian-controlled Donetsk-Luhansk territory; to amnesty those criminally involved in seizing local administrations there; and to authorize new local elections to be held in that territory “under Ukrainian law” (i.e., for the existing […]

To Counter China, Out-Invent It

Trump’s Trade War Ignores the Real Threat From Beijing China’s economic strategy is no secret. In the short term, Beijing will grow the country’s economy by manufacturing and exporting cheap, globally competitive goods. Over the longer term, it will build the capital, infrastructure, and expertise necessary to make the country an innovation powerhouse. China is […]

The Telegram Phenomenon

The tool used to sustain and coordinate protests is a young, encrypted messaging service called Telegram. Its unique privacy and security features and resistance to the state has made Telegram more popular than its larger rivals, WhatsApp and WeChat. What is this communication phenomenon? Since March 2019, residents of Hong Kong have been protesting the […]

James Bond is From Odessa

Everyone knows the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond. British author Ian Fleming’s hero has been a box office star for more than half a century. Bond is celebrated around the globe for his brilliant mind, wild adventures, and debonair charm. “Women want him, and men want to be him”. What most people don’t […]

Why did Trump fire his advisor Bolton?

The dismissal of US National Security Advisor John Bolton coincided with three seemingly little related events. Firstly, there was an information leak to journalists of Politico; it was connected with Trump’s decision to temporarily freeze financial assistance to Ukraine for defense needs. Bolton then flew to Kiev and tried to negotiate with the administration of […]

China’s Growing Interest In Ukraine: A Window Of Opportunity Or A Point Of Concern?

During his recent visit to Ukraine, on August 28, United States National Security Advisor John R. Bolton forcefully argued against Kyiv permitting the selling of a controlling stake in Motor Sich—one of the world’s largest manufacturers of advanced engines for civil and military airplanes and helicopters—to China’s Beijing Skyrizon Aviation. Such a decision would be […]

Geopolitical curtsy

Trades with the exchange of prisoners cannot testify to the unconditional implementation of the decision of the Maritime Tribunal. Going back down, Moscow is simply trying to make a good face on a bad game, having won time for itself on the eve of a decision by the Maritime Tribunal regarding the existence of jurisdiction […]

Hopes Reemerge For Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline, But Critical Obstacles Persist

On August 12, delegations led by the prime ministers of the five Caspian littoral states – Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan—came together at Turkmenistan’s coastal resort of Awaza to hold the first annual Caspian Economic Forum. The heads of government from two other countries, Uzbekistan and Bulgaria, both interested in the transport potential of […]