Monthly archives: July 2018

Policy paper: Presidential elections in Russian Federation: a competition without competitors

In the Russian Federation, electoral ballots are organized as a “celebration of democracy”. On March 18, 2018, the Russian Federation held presidential elections. Eight candidates met with the voters in front of the ballot boxes. Did they succeed or not to make a demonstration of the pluralism of the political opinion in Russia and how honest was the public debate? Have the necessary premises been provided for a fair and […]

Guest post: Gas transit via Ukraine after 2019

On July 17, 2018, in Berlin the tripartite talks on gas transit through the territory of Ukraine for the period after 2019, were held by Ukraine, Russia and European Commission. Although this time the Russian side, was not to able to participate fruitfully in drawing up a framework concept for a new contract on gas transit through the territory of Ukraine, the consultations laid the grounds for the future negotiations […]


Anton BARBASHIN, editorial director at Riddle, political analyst. Between 2015-2018 he held the position of Managing editor at Intersection. Also, between 2014-2018 he was Analyst at Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding. Specialist in International Relations, Novosibirsk State University of Economics and Management. Visiting Expert at Kennan Institute in 2017. This interview was realized by Dr. Angela Gramada in Bucharest on June 18th, 2018, during the participation of Anton Barbashin […]

2018 - A turning Year for Armenia?

In this commentary, I will present the causes and the importance of the protests that took place in Armenia after the 2018 presidential elections on its domestic politics. It is not my intention to predict a certain outcome but to highlight the fact large and important parts of Armenian society have become more accepting of protests. PDF version Author: Mihaela-Adriana Pădureanu

ESGA Q&A. Guest: Alexander Golts

The guest speaker of the event was Alexander Golts, journalist, deputy editor for website EJ.RU (Yezhenedelny Zhurnal), Moscow, Russian Federation. This interview was realized by Iulia Joja, consultant for Euro-Atlantic security and defence, in Bucharest on September 04, 2017, during the participation of Alexander Golts at one of the events that are part of the “Dialogues with Russia for a new generation of experts” implemented by ESGA with the support of […]

ESGA Q&A. Guest: Adrian Gheorghe

ESGA had the chance to have Dr. Adrian Gheorghe as a guest during the event dedicated to the energy policies. Dr. Adrian Gheorghe is the Vice President of the World Security Forum (WSF), Switzerland. Dr. Gheorghe currently is Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, and Batten Endowed Chair on System of Systems Engineering with the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA (starting March […]