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Members of the Visegrad Group (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia) are set on expanding cooperation with India. That such cooperation is of mutual interest was confirmed by Indian Foreign Minister Subramaniam Jaishankar’s visit to Hungary and Poland in August. Hungary and Poland pursue the most active foreign policy within the Visegrad Four.​
Members of underground anti-Soviet organizations, active at the end of the Second World War and the first two post-war decades, occupy a significant place in the pantheon of modern-day Polish heroes. The Armia Krajowa (Home Army), which brought together a host of various small groups, was the dominant Polish resistance movement of that period. In Poland’s current patriotic discourse, members of the Home Army and their ideological allies are usually referred to as “cursed soldiers” (żołnierze wyklęci), whose number is estimated by modern Polish historians at between 120,000 and 180,000.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 2-10-2019, 12:03
  • Views: 112
In 2007, the Polish authorities for the first time adopted a government program to promote cooperation with the Polish diaspora (Polonia) and Poles abroad. In 2002, they introduced May 2 as Day of Polonia and Poles Abroad. The strategic objectives of this program for 2015-2020 include support for the development of Polish language and culture among Poles abroad, strengthening Polish national identity among representatives of Polonia, contributing to the popularity of Polonian organizations abroad and the return of Poles living abroad to their homeland, establishing economic, scientific and cultural contacts between Poland and Polonia.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 9-07-2019, 10:51
  • Views: 302
The results of the May 12, 2019 parliamentary elections in New Caledonia reflect a lingering political split in this French territory, comprising dozens of islands in the South Pacific. French loyalists won 28 seats in the 54-strong local legislature, just two seats more than the advocates of the region’s greater autonomy and even complete independence from Paris.
Cambodia, which is located between Thailand and Vietnam and has a 440-kilometer coastal zone which is separated from the rest of the country by a mountain ridge, is in need of a “third neighbor” in order to survive economically and politically, and for improving its export opportunities. Pnomh Penh’s hopes for partnership with the United States fell through. After Washington passed the Cambodia  Democracy Act in 2018 in support of the Cambodian opposition, it became clear that the US was ready to use legal instruments against Pnomh Penh to pursue its interests in the region.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 14-05-2019, 12:23
  • Views: 376
Portugal is a major geographical link in the European leg of China’s New Silk Road project (NSR). A visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Lisbon on December 4-5, 2018 produced seventeen cooperation agreements thereby reaffirming the two parties' readiness to expand economic partnership. China is Portugal’s top trading partner in Asia, with bilateral trade steadily on the rise amounting to $5.6 billion in 2017.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 9-04-2019, 13:08
  • Views: 321
On March 1, with all due pomp and circumstance, Poland marked the National Remembrance Day of Cursed Soldiers (Żołnierze wyklęci) with the president, prime-minister and other top officials attending a ceremony commemorating members of the anti-Communist underground that existed between 1946 and 1953. Introduced in 2011, the Remembrance Day exacerbates tensions already existing between Poland and its neighbors and stemming from the controversial image of the "cursed soldiers" painted by official propaganda.
The countries of the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia) have recently been the focus of attention of Italian diplomacy, with the need to find political partners in Africa to resolve the migrant crisis, the signing of a long-awaited peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2018, China’s rapidly expanding influence in neighboring Djibouti amid the French and US military presence there making the region a strategically important hub.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 6-02-2019, 12:34
  • Views: 662
The coming into use of the term “Indo-Pacific Region” suggests the growing economic and strategic role of India on the changing geopolitical landscape. Such a concept places India at the center of this landscape, while India’s peripheral presence in the Asia-Pacific region is now a thing of the past.
The geographical location of Laos, a small landlocked state surrounded by China, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia, has made it imperative for this country to pursue a well-balanced multi-faceted foreign policy that hinges on the development of a mobile system of economic and political counterbalances.