Special Analysis

Is the Decline of the West Inevitable?

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 …

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Was Imperialism the “Belle Epoque” of Globalization?

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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TURKEY’S NEW GEOPOLITICAL DIMENSIONS

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 …

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GOLD RELOADED: ISLAMIC OR POSSIBLE NEW WORLD CURRENCY

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 …

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EURASIA: NOSTALGIC GEOPOLITICAL IDEA OR TREND FOR THE FUTURE

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 …

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EUROPE VS. EURABIA

“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 …

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Surging extremism in Europe – trend and threat analysis

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 …

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