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Editors: Sławomir Dębski (PISM Director), Bartosz Wiśniewski (Head of Research Office), Rafał Tarnogórski (Managing Editor), Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka, Anna Maria Dyner, Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk, Sebastian Płóciennik, Patrycja Sasnal, Justyna Szczudlik, Marcin Terlikowski, Tomasz Żornaczuk

26 May 2017
PISM Spotlight: NATO Special Meeting in Brussels

A special meeting of NATO heads of state and government on 25 May was the first opportunity for discussion as a group with new U.S. President Donald Trump. The meeting did not dispel concerns about the U.S. commitment to Europe but confirmed the new administration’s priority is to push the European Allies into sharing more of the financial burden.

22 May 2017
no. 15/2017
PISM Spotlight: President Trump's Visit to Israel
On 22-23 May, U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Israel. His visit is meant to portray his administration as more willing to consider Israel's strategic interests than did President Barack Obama's.

Michał Wojnarowicz
22 May 2017
no. 14/2017
PISM Spotlight: Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia
U.S. President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip began in Saudi Arabia. The trip is intended to project a change in U.S. policy in the Middle East. 

Patrycja Sasnal
18 May 2017
no. 13/2017
PISM Spotlight: Iranian Presidential Elections
Presidential elections in Iran will be held on 19 May. The strongest candidates are Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s current president, and Ebrahim Raisi, who is said to be a favourite of Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei.

Karol Wasilewski
16 May 2017
no. 12/2017
PISM Spotlight: Campaign for the Bundestag after the Local Elections in North Rhine-Westphalia
The North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) election saw CDU win with 33% support, ahead of the now-ruling SPD, which took 31.5% of the vote. The third force in the local parliament will be the liberals from FDP, who received 12.5%. Because of the importance of this state, the outcome sets the stage for the Bundestag elections in September.

Miłosława Fijałkowska
13 May 2017
no. 11/2017
PISM Spotlight: “Belt and Road” Forum: China’s Political Offensive
The “Belt and Road” forum will take place on 14–15 May in Beijing. Twenty-nine world leaders will attend, including Poland Prime Minister Beata Szydło. China has focused enormous attention on this event.

Marcin Przychodniak
11 May 2017
no. 10/2017
PISM Spotlight: South Korea’s Foreign Policy under New President

South Korea’s centre-left candidate from the Democratic Party, Moon Jae-in, won the presidential elections on 9 May, ending a political crisis that had lasted several months and culminated in the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Moon proposes greater openness to North Korea, firmness in relations with the U.S., and better ties with China. 

Justyna Szczudlik
07 May 2017
no. 9/2017
PISM Spotlight: Emmanuel Macron is France’s Next President

Emmanuel Macron won the race for the French presidency on Sunday, collecting 66.06% of the popular vote. Macron’s rival, the leader of the far-right National Front (FN), Marine Le Pen, picked up 33.94% of the vote. The turnout exceeded 74%.

Łukasz Jurczyszyn
02 May 2017
no. 8/2017
PISM Spotlight: Chancellor Merkel Goes to Russia

On May 2, German chancellor Angela Merkel will be paying a working visit to the Russian town of Sochi. It is the first such visit to Russia by the head of the German federal government since 2013.

Anna Dyner
29 April 2017
no. 7/2017
PISM Spotlight: Pope Francis Visits Egypt

On 28–29 April, Pope Francis paid a visit to Egypt, the most populous Arab country. The visit is significant for the Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Patrycja Sasnal
24 April 2017
no. 6/2017
PISM Spotlight: Macron Leads in French Presidential Election
Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French presidential election, gaining 23.86% of the vote. In the second round, he will face Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front party (21.43%). With a surprisingly high electoral turnout (76.2%), conservative candidate François Fillon took 19.9% of vote, and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon got 19.6%. Only the top two go through to the second round.

Łukasz Jurczyszyn
21 April 2017
no. 5/2017
PISM Spotlight: ICJ Order on Provisional Measures against Russia
On 19 April, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its first Order in a case submitted by Ukraine concerning the application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Rafał Tarnogórski
20 April 2017
no. 4/2017
PISM Spotlight: UK Snap General Election
On 18 April, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap parliamentary election and a day later, the House of Commons approved the proposal. The British go to the polls on 8 June.

Jolanta Szymańska
18 April 2017
no. 3/2017
PISM Spotlight: Constitutional Referendum in Turkey
On 16 April, Turks in favour of a constitutional change to a strong-president system carried 51.4% of the announced vote. The opposition is demanding the annulment of the referendum result, claiming it was rigged.

Karol Wasilewski
11 April 2017
no. 2/2017
PISM Spotlight: Increasing Support for the Far-Left Candidate in the Presidential Election in France

According to the latest polls, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the far-left candidate of the party Unsubmissive France (La France insoumise), has a chance of reaching the second round of the elections, where he would face either far-right candidate Marine Le Pen or more centrist Emmanuel Macron. Mélenchon recorded the largest increase in support in the period, from 12% to 18% in one month.

Łukasz Jurczyszyn
07 April 2017
no. 1/2017
PISM Spotlight: The U.S. Strike on the Syrian Base in Al-Shayrat
On 7 April, the United States attacked the Syrian air base in Al-Shayrat. Fifty-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles targeted military installations presumably used in the chemical attack on Khan Shaykhoun on 4 April.

Patrycja Sasnal



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