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Understanding China’s Power and Its Abuse in Xinjiang

It is a lengthy conflict between Uyghurs and the modern Chinese state in settling Xinjiang, an area of importance for China’s both economic and ethnic policy. Using digital surveillance and placing Uyghurs in camps, the state is conducting a “slow genocide” in Xinjiang. However, the issue is not just a domestic one. China has been working to put psychological pressure on the large Uyghur diaspora in Turkey, and therefore the relations with Turkey are very important for China.

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A New World Order, According to Beijing

After seven decades of liberal order and three decades of American unipolarity, it may be difficult to imagine that the current rules-based international system, supported by liberal norms and values and organised around a set of multilateral institutions, could eventually give way to something radically different. But in Beijing, political and intellectual elites have engaged in intense discussions about building a new world order.

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Fresh Ideas to Revive Transatlantic Power

Close transatlantic cooperation remains of strategic importance at a time when Western democratic and economic systems are under increasing pressure and the list of international challenges that deeply affect our societies is growing. But fresh ideas are needed to revive the relationship that will not revert to the status quo ante after Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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The Covid-19 Crisis and Challenges to Estonia’s Foreign Policy

With the focus on March to end of May 2020, this study analyses the new challenges to Estonia’s foreign policy caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic and the opportunities to strengthen crisis management and post-crisis international cooperation, from which it is important to learn in preparation for future crises. The study covers the crisis management measures of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, cooperation with the Nordic-Baltic countries and Poland, the role of the European Union in crisis management, as well as global crisis management and the role of China.

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Competition and Cooperation: The Interests of China and Russia in the Arctic Region

The Arctic is a very fragile region. However, it is also an area of great power competition with Russia being an Arctic military superpower and China widening and deepening its role and seeking recognition as a Polar stakeholder. The implications of this competition but also Sino-Russia cooperation for the Nordic and Baltic countries was the focus of the first webinar/seminar of the new research project “Nordic-Baltic Connectivity with Asia via the Arctic” on 10 November 2020.

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