Dovilė Jakniūnaitė
Opinion

No Good End in Sight: The Crumbling Iran Nuclear Deal

In May of 2018, United States President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), colloquially known as the Iran nuclear deal. This deal was one of Barack Obama’s biggest achievements in international politics, with many experts and policy actors widely endorsing and backing the agreement. Thus, Trump’s decision, although not totally unexpected, was met with disapproval not only in Iran, but also by other parties to the agreement, including Germany, U.K, France, Russia, and China. The U.S. withdrawal raises a lot of questions about the future of Iran, nuclear non-proliferation, as well as regional and international security. […]

Edward Lucas
Opinion

The Baltics in an era of transatlantic turbulence

Two easy stories—in effect, fairy-tales—commonly define the Baltic states’ position in the Euro-Atlantic security architecture. Both are bewitchingly simple. Both are wrong. They go like this. […]

Vladimir Putin
Opinion

Russian politics in Putin’s new term

Russian President Vladimir Putin is the great survivor of European politics. Western leaders come and go, but Putin has persisted. He has managed to hold on to power for nearly two decades, through three foreign wars, two economic crises, multiple presidential and parliamentary elections (of varying degrees of fairness), a series of leadership reshuffles, the rise and fall of oil prices, and successive waves of economic sanctions. […]

Alexander Vershbow
Opinion

European Defense: Time for a Higher Level of Ambition

President Donald Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly in September 2018 was a fresh reminder of the United States’ abdication of leadership and rejection of “globalism.” On more and more issues – trade, climate change, the International Criminal Court and, most recently, the Iran nuclear deal – the United States is becoming increasingly estranged from its traditional allies and partners. […]

Maidan Square 2014
CORPORATE

The forgotten case of Ukraine

Something happened on the 5th of January. Between worries about Brexit matters, the usual Trump business and other terrible matters, something changed on that day. Two days before Christian Orthodox Christmas, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople signed the tomos of autocephaly for the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine. This was not only a step toward the independence of Ukrainian Orthodox believers, but all of Ukraine. […]

Vytautas Landsbergis
CORPORATE

Vytautas Landsbergis’ wish for the Lithuanian government – less blood, more wisdom

“I hope that things will not be all bad in Lithuania, that we will avoid various collapses, violent actions, against the opposition for example. We are constantly beset by various scandals involving the government, the cabinet. While performing investigations on prior cabinets, it is time to prepare for investigations on this cabinet’s work and mistakes, which may or may not be malicious. There are things to investigate,” professor Vytautas Landsbergis says. On the starting year and what to expect in both domestic and foreign policy, a discussion on Delfi’s Dėmesio Centre with politician Vytautas Landsbergis. […]

Tomas Venclova
CORPORATE

Tomas Venclova warns of catastrophic precedents which will undermine Lithuania’s prestige for a long time to come

Talk that a girl with too dark-a-skin met the pope is a catastrophic precedent of which Pope Francis has warned. If examples like this surface again in Lithuania the country will be hit by another […]

Boxer IFV
Defence

Government asks MPs to allow it to borrow funds to meet 2 pct defense spending target

The Lithuanian government has asked the parliament to allow it to borrow funds to increase defense funding and thus meet NATO‘s 2 percent of GDP spending target. […]