Europe

Putin’s interest in Ukraine (some could call it paranoia) has a theoretical background in one of the most famous American foreign policy books: “The Grand Chessboard” by Zbigniew Brzezinski. The author specifically pointed out that Russia without Ukraine would stop being a major Eurasian power, hence Putin does have enough reason to oppose the westernization...

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Over the past decades, one of the hallmarks of the European Union’s success story was overcoming differences of interests and viewpoints, managing to develop within its diverse profile. Why did the EU find this task so difficult in the case of the refugee challenge? The Schengen system of open borders, similar to EU’s monetary system,...

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Even if sometimes only for symbolic purposes, and therefore mainly declaratory, but most often aimed at exercising a form of civilian deterrence by other means, EU sanctions have recently increased in frequency and intensity. Every time Western countries are confronted with an international security crisis in which they want to follow a non-aggressive approach, considering...

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Five years ago, as Prime Minister (he became President in 2014), Erdogan`s way to combine Islam and democracy appealed to many in countries as Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, countries emerging from the Arab Spring. He was much appreciated in all of these countries. Turkey`s economy started to be successful and to grow healthy; its politics...

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The events in Ukraine switched from the Euromaidan protests of 2013 to an unprecedented event since the Cold War: the annexation of a part of a sovereign state by another country. The crisis raised complicated issues, both diplomatic and geopolitical.  By focusing both on the context (social, political, economic), the root causes and the actors...

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Discussions about the events in Ukraine, especially the eastern and southern part of the country, are of regular occurrence, without many eyes left to impress. Still, there is one issue that the main stream media does no talk about so often: what happens to the other countries which were controlled by the Soviets? Both Europe...

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The future of Transnistria could be badly influenced by the consequences of the recent Ukranian events. Starting in November 2013,  apparently,  as a natural reaction of democratic people to the refusal of Kiev authorities, headed by Viktor Yanukovych, regarding the act of signing the Vilnius Agreement in order to open negotiations for European Union accession,...

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Currently known as the Moldavian Transnistrian Republic, the internationally unrecognized entity was proclaimed in Tiraspol on 2nd of September 1990 and it is situated between the East bank of the Nistru River (including also the Bender city) and the border of Moldova with Ukraine. The five districts (Cameneca, Dubasari, Grigoriopol, Ranbinta and Slobozia) consist of...

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In an extraordinary turn of events, United States decided not to wait any longer for a Turkish intervention in Syria to save Kobane and took the matter in its own hands. On the early hours of October 19th, US cargo planes started aerial......

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In the last days it became clear that the international US-led campaign of airstrikes to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State (IS) is having no discernible positive effect upon the battlefields of Iraq and Syria......

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