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Serbian Orthodox Church’s Influence in Western Balkans

The history of Europe has been shaped for many centuries by churches, whether Christian - Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, or Islamic religion. The national identities of many nations in Europe are at least partly based on or influenced by religious heritage. The Western Balkans region was and still is no...

Navigating Alliances: Armenia’s Strategic Cards in Western Engagement

IntroductionIn a significant upheaval of regional dynamics, Azerbaijan's successful offensive on September 20, 2023, targeting the de-facto Republic of Artsakh and culminating in the re-annexation of Nagorno-Karabakh under Azerbaijani authority, inflicted a profound shock on Armenia's geopolitical landscape. The exodus of approximately 100,000 ethnic Armenians fleeing towards Armenia underscored...

Can China Forge a Neo-Gramscian Counter-Hegemony?

Introduction In the contemporary global power structure, China's role has surged in significance, driven by its economic ascendancy with a GDP exceeding $14.7 trillion (IMF, 2023), which is dynamically reconfiguring global economies and geopolitics. The evolving interplay between the U.S. and China, a complex tapestry of interdependence, rivalry, and...

What has NATO Gained from the Accession of Sweden and Finland?

IntroductionIn response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, both Finland and Sweden submitted their applications to join NATO on May 18, 2022, supported by significant societal debates and strong parliamentary majorities. Subsequently, at the Madrid Summit on June 29, 2022, NATO Heads of State and Government extended invitations to both...

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How the Serbian Far-Right Commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia

March 2024 marks 25 years since the launch of Operation Allied Force, or Operation Noble Anvil, in which NATO air forces bombed Yugoslavia's military...

North Macedonia Modernizes its Armed Forces after the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The small Balkan country of North Macedonia is usually not a focus of interest in the foreign information space. Yet in the context of...