Geopolitics

Culture stranded in Geopolitics :: The Eurovision Saga. Russia’s Envy, Ukraine’s Pride.

Culture stranded in Geopolitics :: The Eurovision Saga. Russia’s Envy, Ukraine’s Pride.

Ukrainian officials are thrilled and their Russian counterparts fuming at the results of the popular singing competition Eurovision which has always been meant to be a politics-free zone. Lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature are banned, according to the rules. But that doesn’t always happen. The Ukrainian and Russian rivalries have always been […]

Jobs, not geopolitics, biggest concern near Romanian missile base

Jobs, not geopolitics, biggest concern near Romanian missile base

CARACAL, Romania — When asked about the new American base in the nearby village of Deveselu, 59-year-old bakery employee Ilie Stoica mimicked the whistle of an incoming bomb and pantomimed an explosion. “Russia!” he laughed. Russia likely won’t bomb the U.S. missile interceptor site in Deveselu anytime soon, but its opposition to the base is […]

China’s Silk Geopolitics

China’s Silk Geopolitics

China is changing world geography, or at least trying to do so. Not in the sense of land and water like the Netherlands, but in the sense of weaving new infrastructures on land, on water, in the air, and on the web.  It is not surprising that a country with some Marxist orientation would focus […]

Moldova – Grappled between European Values & American Geopolitics

Moldova – Grappled between European Values & American Geopolitics

Located on the eastern periphery of Europe, Moldova is grappled between the geo-politics of US and the European Union. While the former legitimises the country’s pathologies of power, the latter is trying to address them. For Washington, geopolitics matters most and as long as Moldova keeps its pro-western course, the country’s political system will not be a matter […]