EST’s ambassador to Lithuania, Edvardas Pocius, takes a look at the upcoming parliamentary elections in Lithuania and explains if any foreign policy changes should be expected, and if so, which obstacles might need to be overcome first.
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Historically, China has strictly stuck to the non-interference principle. But, this sacred principle as interpreted in the Chinese foreign policy may appear quite ambiguous. It has been during a long time pushed by the Chinese diplomacy to its limits but appears somewhat flexible, depending on what it is at stake.
Nowadays, this principle seems to be sometimes overworked. So much so the concept is losing its substance. Therefore, let’s go back to the origins…
December’s topic of the month invites your contributions! “Chinese invest ments in Africa – how to compete with the dragon?” is what we ask this time. Submit your concrete topic proposal!
The trial against medical staff that treated protesters in Bahrain is now in full swing. The lack of any significant reaction from Europe against the Bahraini regime amidst continuous human rights violations stands in stark contrast to the reaction against other Arab dictators. It is a shame that political and economic interests prevent the West from severely sanctioning the tiny Gulf state.
Tensions in the Eastern–Mediterranean area are escalating: A short time ago, Cyprus begun to conduct drilling for oil and gas in its exclusive economic area, facing the contradiction of Turkey. Turkey claims a share in the “controversial” Block 12.
US President Barack Obama has undertaken a six-day trip of ‘the old continent’. In the wake of his journey, what can we tell about the relationship with Europe in the current American administration? What will be the future of the transatlantic relation between Europe and the United States?
The death of Osama Bin Laden is a great victory for the free West. Almost ten years after the devastating attacks on September 11th 2001, the circle of the thousands of deaths on that fateful day is now complete. What does this mean for the security of the world? Is the ‘war on terror’ about to be concluded?
France’s bombs on Gbagbo and Italy’s bombs on Khadafi show that Europe’s countries dare to act in their former colonies. Accusations of neocolonialism by evildoers should be accepted as compliments, as it means standing up for human rights, even in countries where acting militarily is sensitive.
The disturbances in the Middle-East and North Africa have now truly reached Europe. The past weekend, Italy started distributing humanitarian visas to refugees from Tunisia, who had started arriving at the small Italian island of Lampedusa after the revolt in their home country. Around 25.000 visas will be handed out, which gives them full travel possibilities throughout Europe. What will be the impact on the other member states?
The western world has begun its third military intervention in a Muslim country since the attacks on September 11th. After previous conflicts, what lessons have been learned? What is the most desirable outcome in the Libyan conflict? And what can be said about the role of the international coalition?