Archive for the ‘Eurasia Press’ Category

IRGC Using ‘Mahan Air’ Civilian Airliners To Hide Transfer Of Weapons And Fighters To Syria, Yemen

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Comments Off

On February 25, 2017, the Iranian reformist website Amad News reported, citing a source in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), that the IRGC is using civilian passenger jets operated by the Iranian airline Mahan Air to transfer weapons to Syria and Yemen and also to bring back the bodies of fallen fighters as well […]

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THE MOJAHEDINE E-KHALQ (MKO) (CASE STUDY)

Sunday, February 19, 2017 Comments Off

Several events in the last few months, especially in the context of the process of re-examining some major topics of Washington’s foreign policy – including the relationship with Iran – brought to the attention the Mojahedine e-Khalq (MKO)[1], a controversial anti-Tehran regime group with a complex history dating from the ‘970s. Recent developments The annual […]

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THE EU ENLARGEMENT AFTER BREXIT Case Study: the Western Balkans

Monday, August 15, 2016 Comments Off

Among the complex consequences of United Kingdom’s recent decision to withdraw from the European Union (Brexit), one of the main problems for the Union’s leaders – indeed, a component of the EU’s future – is the EU enlargement process, notably the accession of the six countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, […]

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THE “INTERMARIUM”: A CENTURY-OLD SECURITY DOCTRINE REVISITED

Thursday, February 18, 2016 Comments Off

Recent developments a) On February 2, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter unveiled plans to add more heavy weapons and armored vehicles to prepositioned stocks in Eastern Europe in order to give the Pentagon two brigade sets worth of heavy equipment on NATO’s eastern frontier. The White House plans to pay for the additional weapons and […]

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FROM SYKES-PICOT TO OBAMA-PUTIN: POWER ACTORS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Saturday, October 31, 2015 Comments Off

Case Study: The migration wave and the Schengen agreement Most of the observers of the Middle East have become used to the talk about a new Middle East. They did so after the Camp David accords, the Oslo Agreements and most recently the Arab Spring. In the end, it resulted in the same old Middle […]

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“NEW” EUROPE(S?): FACING AN “OLD-STYLE” RUSSIA

Saturday, March 28, 2015 Comments Off

The recent evolutions in Europe are marked by the political crisis generated by the development in Ukraine, and by the economic crisis (itself turned into a political one) that affects most visibly Greece, but also other European states. Analysts see them as indicators of a geopolitical shift generated by what they call “the return of […]

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THE DIGITAL (COMING OF) AGE

Saturday, January 10, 2015 Comments Off

The growing number of political victories obtained with the help of the social media, as well as the revelations about the complex manipulation processes for which they might be used, the launching of the “digital citizenship” and the extending use of the Bitcoin, the year-end crisis generated by the cyber attack against Sony Pictures which […]

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THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: A NEW “VALEV PLAN”?

Saturday, December 15, 2012 Comments Off

Following last autumn’s “state of the Union” speech, that outlined a vision for a federal Europe[1], the “Blueprint for a deep and genuine economic and monetary union”, unveiled recently by José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, to be submitted at the December 2012 European Union Summit and debated until the European Parliament elections […]

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EUROSCEPTICISM: TRIGGERING EUROPE’S TRANSFORMATION

Monday, October 1, 2012 Comments Off

The recent violent manifestations in Greece, Spain and Portugal, as well as the developments of the Euro zone crisis indicate a clear increase of the Euroscepticism, as well as a disturbing trend towards the politisation of the economic problems that several European countries are currently facing. Analysts are currently assessing the possibilities that growing Euroscepticism […]

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EULEX Seeks Regional Help in Organ Trafficking Probe

Friday, September 21, 2012 Comments Off

During his visit to Montenegro, Clint Williamson, head of the EULEX task force in charge of the Kosovo organ trafficking case, has called for regional cooperation in the investigation.Williamson met the Montenegrin interior minister, Ivan Brajovic, on Thursday. He presented the efforts of his team, which was formed in October 2011, with the aim of […]

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Serbian Leader to Address UN This Month

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Comments Off

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will be among the first speakers to address the UN General Assembly at the opening ceremony later in September.President Nikolic is flying to New York at the end of September to address the United Nations General Assembly. Vuk Jeremic, the former foreign minister and the new chairman of the UN General […]

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“ANTI-SYSTEM” ON A RISING TREND – PERSPECTIVES FOR EUROPE

Monday, September 3, 2012 Comments Off

Recent developments in Europe, where the economic crisis continues to affect the political and social life, are showing a worrying rise of the “traditional” extreme – both right and left – parties, as well as of the newer “anti-system” or  “fringe” movements that oppose the existing institutions (especially the global and European ones), as well […]

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TRANSNATIONAL ACTORS VS. NATIONAL STATES: LOST BATTLE?!

Monday, September 3, 2012 Comments Off

The worldwide economic evolution and many political developments in Europe and the world are showing to most analysts a worrying trend consisting in a balance of power shifting from national states towards transnational economic actors, corporate (the big multinational and transnational companies) as well as institutional (the international financial institutions such as the International Monetary […]

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“ANTI-SYSTEM” ON A RISING TREND – PERSPECTIVES FOR EUROPE

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

Recent developments in Europe, where the economic crisis continues to affect the political and social life, are showing a worrying rise of the “traditional” extreme – both right and left – parties, as well as of the newer “anti-system” or  “fringe” movements that oppose the existing institutions (especially the global and European ones), as well […]

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Bulgaria PM Urges Greens to Shift Protest

Friday, June 15, 2012 Comments Off

Opponents of changes to Bulgaria’s Forestry Act, which make life easier for developers, are gearing up for a third mass rally on Friday.Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has asked the protesters to refrain from blocking a key road junction in Sofia and to choose another place for their rallies.

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EU investments and grants for the Western Balkan countries (Talking points)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Comments Off

The EU policies in favor of the Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo) began to develop in 2000, when the European Union established for the first time exceptional unlimited duty-free access to the EU market for nearly all products originating in the Western Balkans, in Regulation (EC) No […]

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Bosnia: Still no government, no progress, no EU softening of stance

Monday, July 25, 2011 Comments Off

Author: Anes Alic for ISA Intel. Six Bosnian political parties who won the majority of votes in October 2010 elections and are eligible to form the new government issued a total of 1,373 campaign promises, most of which will remained unfulfilled and forgotten. With 432 elections promises, the main Bosniak Party of Democratic Action (SDA) […]

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Bosnia: Republika Srpska Vows to Hold Referendum on War Crimes Cooperation; How will the International Community Respond?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Comments Off

by Anes Alic The parliament of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska decided on Wednesday to call for a referendum on whether Bosnian Serbs should continue to cooperate with the country’s war crimes court, citing the court’s alleged anti-Serb bias. Out of the 75 lawmakers present, 66 voted for the proposal presented by Bosnian Serb […]

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Trends in Balkan Organized Crime Activities

Monday, April 11, 2011 Comments Off

written by: Ioannis Michaletos The perennial issue of the existence of strong organized crime structures in the Balkan region is of great concern for the whole of Europe, due to the importance of this region as a main geo-economic hub between the European Union, Turkey and the Middle East, and Russia. The United Nations International […]

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Bosnia’s Federation Entity Names New Government, But Instability Will Govern

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Comments Off

By Anes Alic After five months of back-and-forth negotiations following October 2010 general elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the new parliament and government have been named in the Bosniak and Croat-dominated Federation entity. There has been an inability to reach a consensus at the highest levels for the distribution of ministries and key posts, and the appointment […]

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Serbia: An outlook of Regional Cooperation and Border Issues Networks

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Comments Off

written by: Ioannis Michaletos, Source: worldsecuritynetwork.com The outlook of Serbia in the field of regional cooperation and border issues, reveals that the country seem eager to implement regional cooperation policies aimed at the so-called “asymmetrical threats” of organized crime, international terrorism, illegal immigration, environmental pollution, money laundering and extremism. Most of its structures can be […]

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Albania: The Wider Implications of a Political Crisis-Turned Violent

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Comments Off

By IsaIntel A fourth protester has died as a result of a gunshot wound during 21 January protest rallies outside the Albanian Prime Minister’s Office, bringing the death toll to four. At the same time, protesters, led by Socialist Party leader Edi Rama, have vowed to stage another round of demonstrations this Friday, and continue […]

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Kosovo: The View of the Serbian Minority

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Comments Off

written by: Ioannis Michaletos Source: worldsecuritynetwork.com Ioannis Michaletos: How can the present day situation, as far as, the Serbian population is concerned can be described? Oilver Ivanovic: The situation of the Serbian people in Kosovo is in some respects better than it used to be some years ago, meaning that the attacks against them havedecreased. […]

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Italy May Reopen Smuggling Indictment Against Former Montenegrin Prime Minister

Thursday, January 20, 2011 Comments Off

Italy’s anti-mafia prosecutor has announced that the indictment against recently resigned Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic could now be reopened due to his loss of diplomatic immunity. Prosecutor Giuseppe Scelsi from the Italian city of Bari told local media that even though the crime of which Djukanovic is accused took place 10 years ago, the […]

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Recipe for Radicalisation: The Campaign Against Islam in Tajikistan

Thursday, January 20, 2011 Comments Off

A government campaign against Islamic education and political movements in Tajikistan, prompted by an armed conflict with ’mujaheds’ in the Rasht valley, risks creating the very militancy it aims to prevent, write Sophie Roche and John Heathershaw for openDemocracy. In earlier articles for opendemocracy, we wrote of the armed conflict between government and rebel factions […]

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Dutch to Quit Bosnia Mission by November at the Latest

Monday, January 17, 2011 Comments Off

The Dutch government will end its mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina in mid-November this year at the latest, bringing to a conclusion the Netherland’s participation in Operation Althea since December 2004. Initially, 530 Dutch soldiers were stationed in Bosnia which was ravaged by a civil war between 1992 and 1995, but today there remain only 85, that […]

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A New Generation of Extremists Threaten Bosnia

Friday, January 14, 2011 Comments Off

By Anes Alic in Sarajevo Five people were indicted on terrorism charges following the June 2010 bombing of a police station in the Bosnian city of Bugojno, but today, prosecutors are focusing more on the international aspect of the case, as leads in the investigation show that the attack may have been organized abroad. The […]

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EU: Controversial Population Census a Top Priority for New Bosnian Government

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Comments Off

The European Union is urging Bosnian political leaders to speed up the creation the ruling coalition following October 2010 general elections, saying that the adoption of a national census law should be the new government’s top priority. EU officials have repeatedly warned Bosnia that the failure to hold a national census in 2011, at the […]

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Kosovo: The View of the Serbian Minority

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Comments Off

Written by: Ioannis Michaletos Ioannis Michaletos: How can the present day situation, as far as, the Serbian population is concerned can be described? Oilver Ivanovic: The situation of the Serbian people in Kosovo is in some respects better than it used to be some years ago, meaning that the attacks against them havedecreased. Nevertheless, there […]

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Bosnia Diminishes UNSC Presidency by Sending Low-Ranking Official to Chair Topic Session

Thursday, January 6, 2011 Comments Off

The decision of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina to have its UN ambassador chair an upcoming topic session of the UN Security Council is perhaps inappropriate, but not unexpected. Traditionally, these topic sessions are led by a country’s foreign minister (or an official of a similar ranking), and the Bosnian Presidency’s decision to have its […]

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Bosniaks in Republika Srpska Veto New Cabinet for Lack of Proper Representation

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Comments Off

The Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) parliamentary group in the Council of Peoples of the Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska has raised a question about the protection of their vital national interest in the formation of the entity’s new cabinet. The Bosniak parliamentary group has vetoed a decision to appoint the new RS government of Prime Minister […]

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Bosnians to be Hit Hard by Response to Financial Crisis as Price Rises and Tax Hikes Eat Away at Meager Salaries

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Comments Off

Bosnian officials are keen to impress upon the public that the financial crisis is in receding; however, statistics tell a different story for 2011 – a new year that is likely to be a more financially trying one for the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina. As of first day of the year, food and utilities prices rose […]

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Dodik Threatens to Sue Ashdown in Another Political Opportunity Trick Meant for the Stage (Members Only)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 Comments Off

Milorad Dodik, president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, has announced that he will begin legal proceedings against former High Representative to Bosnia, British diplomat Paddy Ashdown. According to the outspoken Dodik, who enjoys the spotlight, Ashdown will be sued before the UK court by early February for his “arrogant behavior and violations of the […]

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Bosnia’s Post-Election Future Bleaker Than Ever

Monday, December 6, 2010 Comments Off

Bosnia’s multi-ethnic moderate party was the big winner in October elections, but the lack of viable coalition partners has left the playing field open once again to ethno-nationalist parties who are bent on maintaining politically opportunistic instability. By Anes Alic for ISN Insights. Three ethno-nationalist parties and one moderate, multi-ethnic party are likely to form […]

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Terrorist organizations are adaptable and flexible

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Comments Off

Charles S. Faddis, expert on international terrorism: “Terrorist organizations are adaptable and flexible” Interview conducted by Ioannis Micheletos, WSN Editor South East Europe, Coordinator of Southeastern European Office The continuous assymetrical warfare against international terrorism seems to be far from over, and it spans through the entire globe with terror incidents happening almost on a […]

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