Security

The Critical Black Sea Zone

Blank, Stephen. "The Critical Black Sea Zone." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 21, no. 4 (2022): 115-128.
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The Case for an Economic NATO

Matthews, Ron. "The Case for an Economic NATO." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 21, no. 2 (2022): 25-39.

Introduction

The Russia-Ukraine war is, first and foremost, a military catastrophe, but it has also generated seismic economic impacts that have had global consequences. Aside from the huge costs of the war, estimated at up to US $ 600bn for Ukraine alone,[1] there are the indirect effects, such as surging energy, fuel, and food prices, created by knock-on disruptions of global supply chains

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Putin’s Last War: Narratives, Counternarratives, and Early Lessons Learned

Tagarev, Todor, Lada Roslycky, and Philipp Fluri. "Putin’s Last War: Narratives, Counternarratives, and Early Lessons Learned." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 21, no. 3 (2022): 5-8.

In the turmoil in the spring of 2014, immediately following the Revolution of Dignity, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered an attack on Crimea and instigated and supported the separatist activities in Donbas. Encouraged by Russia’s early successes in its war on Ukraine and the lukewarm approach of some Western countries to imposing sanctions, Putin ordered the massive February 2022 invasion, initially focused on Ukraine’s capital and leadership.

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Social Media – Hate Speech – Hate Crime

Vilím, Lukáš. "Social Media – Hate Speech – Hate Crime." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 20, no. 2 (2021): 57-73.

Introduction

Nowadays, it is not uncommon for social media to include manifestations of hatred, misleading information, and elements of extremism or terrorism. We already observe that political and religious extremist groups use social media and networks to promote their ideology, recruit new members, demonstrate their power, and shock society with videos of wars as something commonplace and unavoidable. Society is already able to act against such use of social networks and its negative consequences. There are many ways to do so.

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Russian Economic Footprint and the Impact on Democratic Institutions in Georgia

Dzebisashvili, Shalva, Suzana Kalashiani, Irakli Gabriadze, Rezo Beradze, and Mirian Ejibia. "Russian Economic Footprint and the Impact on Democratic Institutions in Georgia." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 19, no. 4 (2020): 39-58.

Introduction

In its effort to restore itself into a global power center and secure dominance in the post-Soviet area, the concept of the “near abroad” or the exclusive sphere of influence found a broad recognition in Russian political and economic elites long before the Putin regime, at the very beginning of its rule, played with the idea of friendly relationships with the West.[1]

Evolving Concept of Resilience: Soft Measures of Flood Risk Management in Japan

Ishiwatari, Mikio. "Evolving Concept of Resilience: Soft Measures of Flood Risk Management in Japan." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 19, no. 3 (2020): 99-107.

Introduction

The concept of resilience is evolving in reflection of various changes in climate, socio-economy, technology, and other factors. Each country attempts to strengthen its resilience to disasters according to its local condition.

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Behind Blue Lights: Exploring Police Officers’ Resilience after the Terrorist Attack at Brussels Airport on March 22, 2016

Easton, Marleen, and Vanessa Laureys. "Behind Blue Lights: Exploring Police Officers’ Resilience after the Terrorist Attack at Brussels Airport on March 22, 2016." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 19, no. 3 (2020): 77-97.

Introduction

The terrorist attack at Brussels Airport on March 22, 2016 (22/3), when terrorists committed a suicide bombing, caused 12 deaths and injured nearly 100 people. Police officers (PO) rushed to the scene within minutes, searching for survivors, evacuating victims, guarding the perimeter of the disaster site and eventually seeking for bodies and body parts.

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Institutional Resilience and Building Integrity in the Defence and Security Sector

Milanova, Nadja. "Institutional Resilience and Building Integrity in the Defence and Security Sector." Connections: The Quarterly Journal 19, no. 3 (2020): 67-75.

Introduction

Resilience is one of those newly coined concepts that is witnessing an exponential increase in use across a wide range of areas and international organizations. The ubiquity of the concept is at once promising as it focuses on the causal effect of a host of factors and their interlinkages but is also exposed to the danger of being overused—and thus misused—without the development of its solid foundation and conceptual framework.

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