This is how the blog starts – quietly, without fanfare or grandiose statements. The analysts from the Globsec Policy Institute will share with you their observations and research.

Let me tell you something about the title, to begin with. The Globsec organisation is situated just a couple of hundred meters from the Michalska Veža, part of the impressive Michalska Brana built around the year 1300. The Michael’s Gate is the only city gate in Bratislava that has been preserved of the medieval fortifications and ranks among the oldest town buildings. If you let your imagination run wild, you can almost see the drawdbridge over the moat and hear the wooden carts rolling on the cobblestones of this medieval city. The past is always with us when we deal with the presence and future – of Slovakia, Central Europe, the whole Old Continent and the world.

Our blog title is also an allusion to Bob Dylan’s famous song from 1967. “There must be some way out of here, said the joker to the thief. There is too much confusion, I can’t get no relief. Businessmen they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth. None of them along the line know of any of it is worth”. It happens we deal with confusion professionally, by trying to understand the world of international relations. And we are desperate to learn the truth about surrounding reality and we contribute a little to make the international environment more safe and more stable.

Jakub Wiśniewski