Special Analysis

TITO’S THIRD WAY: TRYING TO BRIDGE THE FAULTLINES

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 …

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

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 …

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THE LEVANT: CHALLENGES TO THE POST-OTTOMAN ORDER

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 …

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

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 …

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

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, …

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

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 …

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THE SOUTH CAUCASUS: BATTLEGROUND OF GEOPOLITICAL AND ENERGY INTERESTS

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 …

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NORTH CAUCASUS: ENERGY HUB OR JIHADIST HOTBED ?

The Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013 abruptly brought to attention the situation in the North Caucasus where, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia faces the same threat of radical Islam as the West does elsewhere. Most observers, who label the North Caucasus “Russia’s southern underbelly”, agree that the …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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