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Dr. Philip Dandolov

The Weaponization of Minority Rights and Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

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The Kremlin’s justification for invading Ukraine risks negative knock-on effects concerning minority rights in Europe and beyond.

Ukraine War: An End of History for Europe’s Populist Parties?

Orban and Putin in Hungary, 2015. cc kremlin.ru, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vladimir_Putin,_Viktor_Orb%C3%A1n_(Hungary,_February_2015)_03.jpeg

The Ukraine war is making it much harder to be an open admirer of Putin’s Russia, and this is already reverberating in the continent’s populist politics.

What’s Behind Vaccine Hesitancy in Bulgaria and Romania?

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Vaccine hesitancy is a complex and worrying phenomenon, and in Eastern Europe and elsewhere it could well stem from long-running political issues.

COVID-19: The Deglobalization Amplifier

North Terminal, Gatwick Airport, July 2020. Barely any passengers are visible in the check-in area during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, July 2020 ***NOTE***: If you wish to publish this photo under Creative Commons rules, I kindly request that you credit it with a dofollow link to www.101holidays.co.uk, cc Mark Hodson Photos, modified, Flickr, https://flickr.com/photos/20538653@N00/50148046817

COVID-19 didn’t start the recent deglobalization trend, but it’s certainly contributing to it.

COVID-19: A ‘Hot Potato’ for Nationalist-Populist Parties in Europe

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Europe’s populist parties haven’t thrived amid COVID-19 – but their ideas have.

The Inevitable Rise of Euroscepticism in the Wake of COVID-19

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While COVID-19 may not be an existential crisis for the EU, it does tick virtually all the boxes when it comes to hardening Eurosceptic attitudes throughout the bloc.

How Small States Are Setting the Bar in the Fight against COVID-19

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Small states seem better equipped to fight COVID-19 by design.

Unearthing the Secret to COVID-19 Successes in New Zealand and Taiwan

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These two island democracies share several features that allowed them to weather the COVID-19 storm better than their peers.

COVID-19: Impediment or Opportunity for Authoritarian Leaders?

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Exploring the motivations behind various authoritarian responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Counter-Protests: A Gamble for Beleaguered Governments

A protest at the end of July in Minsk, cc Homoatrox, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rally_in_support_of_Tsikhanouskaya_in_Minsk_(30_July_2020)_-_58.jpg

Counter-protests have been a risky proposition for beleaguered governments through the 2010s. Will Belarus be any different?

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