Archive for the ‘Special Analysis’ Category

IDEOLOGICAL TENSIONS IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD: A NOT SO COLD WAR

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Comments Off

Not earlier than 2011, the Arab world appeared to undergo a historic revolution that was supposed to define Islam in the 21st century, an Islam compatible and at ease with the democratic values of free speech and tolerance. With Osama bin Laden dead and al-Qaeda in disarray, moderate Muslims were set to reclaim the much-maligned […]

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TERRORISM IN THE SAHEL AND THE SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: MORE THAN A REGIONAL THREAT

Monday, May 5, 2014 Comments Off

At the beginning of 2014, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee[1] that he “can’t say the threat from the terror network is any less than it was a decade ago”. He further added: “Al-Qaeda probably poses an even bigger challenge today, because its franchises are much more globally dispersed”. […]

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BEHIND THE BALKANS’ HISTORY: THE WEST’S SHADOW

Friday, January 17, 2014 Comments Off

After Croatia’s accession to the European Union in July 2013 and the “Enlargement Report” for 2014 of the European Commission – which recommended granting the EU candidate status to Albania and the Western Balkans’ countries including, for the fifth time in a row, the opening of accession negotiations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia […]

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TITO’S THIRD WAY: TRYING TO BRIDGE THE FAULTLINES

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

1. The Western Balkans area is situated along the main fault line of the Huntington-type “clash of civilizations” in Europe: a) Between Christianity and Islam – resulted in the main Muslim enclave in Europe (Albania + Kosovo) b) Between Western Christianity (Catholic/Protestant) and Orthodoxy – resulting in splitting the Slavic people

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Special Analysis

SHIFTING SPHERES OF INFLUENCE: GEOPOLITICAL CONSEQUENCES FOR THE BALKANS – Synopsis

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

In the Balkan region, new geopolitical forces are playing an increasingly role and old actors seem to be losing their influence. The gradual decline of U.S. leadership coincides with the Eurozone recession that makes the EU to be perceived as less disposed to offer to the Balkan states a form of pan-European integration. The process […]

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THE LEVANT: CHALLENGES TO THE POST-OTTOMAN ORDER

Friday, October 11, 2013 Comments Off

The evolution of the Syrian crisis and its influence upon the neighboring states and the major world actors, the regional consequences of the “Arab Spring” and, not least, the recent announcements about the beginning of the exploitation of the gas resources of the Leviathan offshore deposits are only a few of the reasons to consider […]

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POLITICAL ISLAM VS. THE MILITARY CASE STUDIES: EGYPT, PAKISTAN, TURKEY

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Comments Off

The recent developments in Egypt and Turkey, as well as the May 11, 2013 general election in Pakistan, that marked the first transition between civilian governments in a country ruled by the military for more than half of its history, brought to the attention the complex phenomena resulting from the influence of two co-existing and […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Pakistan, Special Analysis, Turkey

From Regional Influence to Diplomatic Isolation: Turkey’s Failing Foreign Policy

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Comments Off

As recently as March 2013, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu, invoked the legacy of the Ottoman Empire and nostalgically spoke of the time when Yemen and Skopje were part of the same country.[i]This denoted a feeling of power and influence which the Turkish government was experiencing at the time, in spite of the recent […]

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CONCEPTE GEOPOLITICE PRIVIND EURASIA REFLECTATE ÎN RELAŢIILE RUSIEI CU PUTERILE OCCIDENTALE.

Friday, July 26, 2013 Comments Off

Introducere Politica externă a Federaţiei Ruse a fost întotdeauna structurată pe cinci mari linii directoare de acţiune, dintre care două, de altfel şi cele mai vizibile în ultimii douăzeci de ani, vizează relaţia cu Occidentul: Statele Unite ale Americii şi Uniunea Europeană. Celelalte trei direcţii au ca ţintă Asia de Est/Orientul Îndepărtat, în principal China, […]

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THE SOUTH CAUCASUS: BATTLEGROUND OF GEOPOLITICAL AND ENERGY INTERESTS

Thursday, July 25, 2013 Comments Off

The consequences of the recent decision regarding the Shah Deniz (Caspian Sea) natural gas’ supply route to Europe, as well as the evolution of the war in Syria and the Iran developments brought to attention the even more complex realities of countries in the South Caucasus, an area that always was situated at the crossroads […]

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VATICAN: FROM RELIGIOUS POWER TO ACTOR IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER

Saturday, May 18, 2013 Comments Off

The recent election of Pope Francis I (Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Argentine of Italian origin), who comes from the Jesuit order, to become the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the State of Vatican, as well as the circumstances that triggered the unusual decision of his predecessor Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) to quit his […]

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THE “MAHDI GOVERNMENT”: SHI’A EXTREMISM AND THE NEW EXPORT OF ISLAMIC REVOLUTION

Saturday, May 18, 2013 Comments Off

The current developments in Syria and the evolution of the Iran-inspired Shi’a movements in the region brought to the attention the Shi’a extremism’s expansion, seen by the analysts as a possible new “export of the Islamic Revolution”, or an effort to impose so-called “Mahdi governments” controlled by the Shiite religious authorities in Qom, thus maintaining […]

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THE TAKFIRI MOVEMENT: ISLAM’S REFORMERS OR HERETICS — THE POST AL-QAEDA TERRORISM: SALAFI AND TAKFIRI ROOTS

Saturday, May 18, 2013 Comments Off

I. General Aspects The developments following the Arab spring upheavals that brought political instability in most of the countries involved, as well as the growing number of terrorist incidents brought to the attention the process of radicalization that is taking place not only in the Arab countries but is frequently seen in the young generations […]

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When the Appointed Overrules the Elected: an Overview of the Decline of Democracy within the European Union.

Friday, February 8, 2013 Comments Off

Towards the end of 2012, the Constitutional Court of Slovenia issued a decision in regard to a referendum meant to consult the population on the establishment of a so-called “bad bank”. The bad bank was to be a state-owned institution meant to take over bad loans made by private banks and basically use public funds […]

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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 […]

This was posted under category: Balkan Press, Eurasia Press, Special Analysis

“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 […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia Press, Special Analysis

ISLAMISM IN CENTRAL ASIA AND THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Comments Off

Overview The Arab 2011 upheavals and the follow-up developments, as well as the Western and regional political actors’ renewed efforts aimed to end the Afghan armed conflict, are bringing to the analysts’ attention the evolution of Islamism in Central Asia and the Indian sub-continent. Most analysts followed closely the contacts between the Afghan Taliban insurgents […]

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THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: FROM NATIONALIST NGO TO WORLD FORCE

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Comments Off

I. General aspects The outcome of the 2011 so-called “Arab Revolutions” that in most of the countries paved the way for the Islamist movements and groups to enter the political arena with real chances of getting the power brought to the analysts’ attention the spectacular rising of the Muslim Brotherhood (Hizb al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun)[1], an Islamist […]

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EUROPE: ISLAMOPHOBIA vs. ISLAMISM

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Comments Off

One of the most worrying trends generated by the economic crisis that broke in Europe several years ago – and that still shows little signs of ending – is the gradual radicalization of the traditional societies, in both directions (left and right), a process that matches the growing trend of radicalization at the level of […]

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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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Demographic Challenges in the Balkans

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Comments Off

Context Following the collapse of communism throughout Eastern Europe and the subsequent breakup of Yugoslavia, the countries in the Balkan area have experienced changes in their demographics, usually in the form of an abrupt decrease in birth rates and population.

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Is the Decline of the West Inevitable?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Comments Off

Abstract: This essay was written as part of an examination for an MA course in International Relations and Organizations. The assignment came with two supporting articles, that of Andrew Moravcsik, (Europe: Rising Superpower in a Bipolar World) and that of Cynthia Roberts, (Polity Forum: Challengers or Stakeholders? BRICs and the Liberal World Order) which were […]

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Was Imperialism the “Belle Epoque” of Globalization?

Monday, February 27, 2012 Comments Off

General Notions The imperialistic ideas of the 19th century might in many ways be interpreted as Universalist, from the notion of the civilizing mission of the white man to the “transplantation” of political systems to the colonized areas. But was imperialism truly globalizing and was the age of imperialism really the beautiful era – the […]

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The Wilsonian Moment and Socialist Alternative. Influence Over Anti-Colonial Movements.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Comments Off

Historical background It is without a doubt that the attitude of the President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, towards the First World War had global consequences, many of them unintended, according to his own words. His infamous Address to the Congress, made in January 1918, stirred up the hopes of many peoples under foreign […]

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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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TURKEY’S NEW GEOPOLITICAL DIMENSIONS

Monday, January 23, 2012 Comments Off

General elections and Muslim upheavals The recent general elections in Turkey, as well as the regional context marked by the 2011 upheavals in several Muslim countries in the Mediterranean basin have brought into the light the evolutions in Turkey, a country seen by most of the analysts as a future important geopolitical actor. Portrayed either […]

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GOLD RELOADED: ISLAMIC OR POSSIBLE NEW WORLD CURRENCY

Monday, January 23, 2012 Comments Off

Recent figures The most recent World Gold Council (WGC) Quarterly Report indicates a gold demand of 1053.9 tonnes for the third quarter of 2011, that is an increase of 6% compared to the same period last year. This equates to US$ 57.7bn, an all-time high in value terms. According to the World Gold Council’s Gold […]

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EURASIA: NOSTALGIC GEOPOLITICAL IDEA OR TREND FOR THE FUTURE

Monday, January 23, 2012 Comments Off

The recent call of Vladimir Putin – who practically faces no obstacle in becoming Russia’s future president – for an “Eurasian Union” sparked not only concerns about Russia’s possible attempt to restore Kremlin’s domination over other former Soviet states, in what analysts have called an “authoritarian consolidation”, but also fears of the influence it may […]

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EUROPE VS. EURABIA

Monday, January 23, 2012 Comments Off

“Eurabia”: the concept and the phenomenon The recent upheavals in the Arab world, as well as the demographic phenomena in Europe have brought into the lights the idea of “Eurabia”, a concept far more complex than what it was considered several years ago, when it was launched by researcher Bat Ye’or[1]. Most analysts of the […]

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Surging extremism in Europe – trend and threat analysis

Monday, January 23, 2012 Comments Off

Extremism in modern and post modern times is characteristic for all societies and areas of thinking/belief. There have always been people attracted by the extreme (or, as they put it, the “pure”) expression of a religion/theory. So far, the so-called “fringe” movements of all kind were not considered a considerable threat to well-established societies. However, […]

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Separatism in Europe: current and medium term assessment

Monday, January 23, 2012 Comments Off

1. Overview The separatist phenomenon and the corresponding autonomist and secessionist parties and movements in Europe, as in the rest of the continents, is a result of long historic processes and, as such, they are a constant challenge for the nation-state authorities, as well as for the supra-national ones (the European Union’s governing and legislative […]

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