2019-11-13 - Bulletin

Kinga Raś

Prospects for Cooperation between the Baltic States and China

The Baltic States are increasing their trade with China and counting on investments from the Chinese side, which has intensified political relations and interest. Economic cooperation between Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia and China will become more dynamic as long as this development does not interfere with U.S. support for the Baltic States in countering the Russian threat. This factor will play a greater role in their cooperation with China than for most other countries in the “17+1” format.

2019-11-12 - Bulletin

Michał Wojnarowicz

Israel's Policy in the Eastern Mediterranean

The significance of the Eastern Mediterranean for Israel has increased in the last decade, an outcome of interlocking factors associated with the civil war in Syria, the deterioration of relations with Turkey, and discoveries of new gas fields. The effectiveness of Israeli policy, especially in energy issues, depends on strengthening relations with the states of the region, such as Egypt or Cyprus. Hence, regional cooperation will deepen, which may have a positive impact on Israel-EU relations. 

2019-11-12 - Comment

Szymon Zaręba

The ICJ Judgment on Preliminary Objections in Ukraine v. Russia

The significance of the Eastern Mediterranean for Israel has increased in the last decade, an outcome of interlocking factors associated with the civil war in Syria, the deterioration of relations with Turkey, and discoveries of new gas fields. The effectiveness of Israeli policy, especially in energy issues, depends on strengthening relations with the states of the region, such as Egypt or Cyprus. Hence, regional cooperation will deepen, which may have a positive impact on Israel-EU relations. 

2019-11-08 - Bulletin

Mateusz Piotrowski

The Trump Impeachment Inquiry and U.S.-Ukraine Relations

U.S.-Ukraine relations have become the subject of congressional investigations following a whistleblower’s complaint about the pressure President Donald Trump exerted on President Volodymyr Zelensky. The U.S. president appears to have made the provision of military assistance to Ukraine conditional on launching an investigation that would harm Joe Biden, Trump’s potential rival in the 2020 presidential election. With bilateral relations embedded in the American political dispute means that it will be difficult for Ukraine to pursue its U.S. policy. This situation, however, should not affect the essential elements of American assistance to Ukraine. 

2019-11-07 - Bulletin

Marek Wąsiński, Bartłomiej Znojek

Protecting the Amazon Rainforest: Regional and Global Perspectives

The Amazon rainforest has particular significance in preventing climate change, so initiatives to protect the area are becoming an important reference for forest conservation across the world. The international dispute over the protection of the Amazon, triggered by the extent of wildfires a few months ago, highlights the growing challenge to reconcile global climate goals with Amazon countries’ economic and social development concepts. The determination and effectiveness in protecting the rainforest by these governments will depend on close cooperation, not only financial support but also political and economic pressure from partners outside the region.