Kosovo Celebrates A Decade Of Sovereignty: Check. Normal Life: Yet To Come. Part 2.

By Aleksandra Hiltmann – 10 years of independence naturally seems to be a reason to celebrate for Kosovo. However, after all these years of huge international intervention and state building efforts, many people are still waiting to live normal lives. I asked some of Kosovo’s citizens about life in Europe’s youngest country - on the political normalization dialogues, on progress reports of international organizations or […]

Kosovo Celebrates A Decade Of Sovereignty: Check. Normal Life: Yet To Come. Part 1.

By Aleksandra Hiltmann – 10 years of independence naturally seems to be a reason to celebrate for Kosovo. However, after all these years of huge international intervention and state building efforts, many people are still waiting to live normal lives. I asked some of Kosovo’s citizens about life in Europe’s youngest country - on the political normalization dialogues, on progress reports of international organizations or […]

Why the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea Matters for Europe’s Energy Security

By Monika Ertl – For years, the delimitation of the Caspian Sea has been subject to disputes between the littoral states. A planned convention on the Sea’s legal status would not only serve to settle this issue once and for all, it could also clear the way for exports of Central Asian gas to Europe. The Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea […]

Die hohen Kosten eines unabhängigen Kurdistans

Rafael Widmer  – Am 25. September dieses Jahres stimmt die Autonome Region Kurdistan über eine Loslösung vom Irak ab, womit die Errichtung eines kurdischen Staates realistischer ist als je zuvor. Das Unabhängigkeitsreferendum ist jedoch vor allem ein Versuch, die Macht des quasiautoritär regierenden Präsidenten Masud Barzani zu festigen. 

Mikrostaat Liberland – Klein, aber oho!

Daniel Högger & Katharina Kramer - Sich einen eigenen Staat erschaffen, scheint utopisch. Doch mit originellen Ideen und der Hilfe von Social Media scheint der Tscheche Vit Jedlicka erfolgreich seinen Traum des eigenen Staates zu verwirklichen.