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M. Kolaszyński - Secret meetings of the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs
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M. Kolaszyński - Secret meetings of the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs

31.05.2021
The Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs has recently joined secret political bodies. More than six months of practice have shown that the body chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński adopted the principle of closed sessions. It is connected with many limitations, which have not been dealt with so far by other bodies composed of politicians: the Board for Special Services and the parliamentary Committee for Special Services.
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M. Czajkowski - The Cold War 2.0 – a New Phase?
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M. Czajkowski - The Cold War 2.0 – a New Phase?

24.05.2021
The current Russian foreign policy posture is based on fear which is deeply embedded among the elites. However, we do not know if the present threat is perceived as existential, somehow ultimate, or not. Whatever it is, we are at the inflexion point at the moment because the new administration in the White House will probably try to establish a new coherent, consequent, and transparent strategy vis-à-vis Russia. This is why the Kremlin has recently upped the ante in the ongoing game with Washington. Now the United States must formulate an answer which, in turn, will determine the future course of the Cold War 2.0, at least for the time being.
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B. Kosowski - Information overload as a source of destruction and secondary threats causing further crisis situations
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B. Kosowski - Information overload as a source of destruction and secondary threats causing further crisis situations

10.03.2021
An ideal of safe society, free from fear and poverty, is postulated with great intensity by politicians and the adovcates of human rights covenants. At the same time, everyone is aware of the fact that no country is able to protect all its citizens from risks associated with human performance in the increasingly complex conditions of modern civilization and with the emerging threats of the modern world. Nowadays growing concerns about the complexity and pace of life have marked human existence. On the one hand, we are dealing with the uniformization of lifestyle, knowledge and culture, driven by the development of telecommunications technologies, competition and proneness to risk. On the other hand, there is a tendency to defend and preserve local distinctiveness, a sense of social ties, shared resources and life ideals.
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J. Niemiec - “Blue Homeland – The New Doctrine of the Turkish Foreign Policy”
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J. Niemiec - “Blue Homeland – The New Doctrine of the Turkish Foreign Policy”

04.03.2021
The Mavi Vatan ("Blue Homeland") concept, which has dominated Turkish public debate in the past years, assumes that Turkey will increase its activities in the adjacent seas. In line with determinants of this strategic vision, the main goal of Turkey is to significantly expand its exclusive economic zones in the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The authorities in Ankara argue that the current delimitation of maritime boundaries is highly unjust and disregards historical and geographical conditions. Although the idea of the "Blue Homeland" was formulated in military circles at the beginning of the 21st century, it was only recently adopted as an important element of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's new foreign policy doctrine. In this context, it should be noted that the popularity of Mavi Vatan in Turkey results from the discovery of huge deposits of natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean. In an attempt to justify their rights to take control over this resource, the Turks employ a whole range of diplomatic, military and propagandistic measures. Politicians of the ruling Justice and Development Party are aware that a possible access to gas deposits leads directly to a gradual independence of Turkey from the expensive imports of energy resources, which would be a huge great incentive for the economic development of the country.
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M. Czajkowski - The Nagorno-Karabakh War of 2020 – Its Consequences for Russia
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M. Czajkowski - The Nagorno-Karabakh War of 2020 – Its Consequences for Russia

02.02.2021
Even before the official dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation had become an active international player, at least in its closest neighbourhood. After December 1991 Moscow did not possess instruments to conduct global strategies, but it was able to preserve a sphere of influence consisting of the former Soviet republics in South Caucasus (Закавказье), and part of Central Asia (Средняя Азия). Russia used several vehicles to exert its control: economic dependence, the interdependence of political elites, and the so-called frozen conflict strategy. These instruments formed an effective, flexibly implemented mix of policies which the Kremlin had been executing until its influence was stabilized in the early 1990s.
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