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Geopolitics / Europe

The EU’s Growing Impotence

Jun 06, 2010 at 04:05 | Ahto Lobjakas

At one level, the proposal by the EU high representative for foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, to abolish EU special representatives for the South Caucasus and Moldova is no more than…

Russia Supports New UN Sanctions Against Iran

Jun 05, 2010 at 10:31 | Charles Kennedy

INCIDENT: Iran has disputed a recent report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) claiming that it intends to use depleted fuel rods for pyroprocessing experiments, as a proposed round…

Peace and Stability in the Balkans

May 24, 2010 at 09:09 | ISN Security Watch

The Istanbul Declaration, signed by Turkey, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, calls for peace and economic development in a bid for regional stability and EU integration. But there are always spoilers. The…

European Single Currency Reaches a Turning Point

May 22, 2010 at 09:32 | Breffni O'Rourke

There have always been doubts about whether the euro could succeed. It presently binds together 16 European Union members, from top world economies like Germany, to stumbling, mismanaged economies like…

After 30 Years Thatcherism Comes to an End

May 15, 2010 at 08:51 | ISN Security Watch

This week's creation of a Conservative led coalition with the Liberal Democrats has brought the period associated with Margaret Thatcher after her election in 1979 to an end. The UK…

Kyrgyzstan Today: The New Administration’s Pressing Problems

May 05, 2010 at 11:09 | John Daly

KYRGYZSTAN TODAY Kyrgyzstan’s interim government, having toppled the corrupt regime of former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in Bishkek on April 7-8, faces many daunting challenges, from the economy gutted by Bakiyev’s…

Nazarbayev's Successful Diplomacy in Kyrgyzstan Signals Deeper Strategic Shifts

Apr 19, 2010 at 19:00 | Roger N. McDermott

The recent crisis and instability in Kyrgyzstan, highlighted the fragility of security and the potential weakness of the political systems throughout the region and exposed new dimensions in the conduct…

Moscow Ascending: How Turkey's New Axis With Russia Affects US Interests

Apr 16, 2010 at 19:00 | Gregory R. Copley

We have, in the past year, entered an entirely new dynamic in Eastern Mediterranean and South-East European strategic affairs. We are in a period and a region in which Russia,…

Floating Alternative to Nabucco Pipeline Moving Toward Implementation

Apr 06, 2010 at 19:00 | Yossef Bodansky

Romania, Azerbaijan, and Georgia on April 13, 2010, took a major step toward the implementation of a substitute energy distribution network to substitute for the US-backed Nabucco strategic gas pipeline…

Kyrgyzstan: Business, Corruption and the Manas Airbase

Dec 31, 1969 at 18:00 | John Daly

Kyrgyzstan’s mass anti-government protests last week were essentially the culmination of more than a decade of disillusionment and dissatisfaction that accumulated in the nation’s political, economic and social spheres from…

The Aftermath of the Kyrgyz Revolution - The Lesser Players

Apr 13, 2010 at 19:00 | John Daly

(Part 2 in a three-part series) The recent unrest in Kyrgyzstan has largely been portrayed as an epic clash between U.S. and Russian interests. That said, interest in events in…

The Truth Behind The Recent Unrest in Kyrgyzstan

Apr 12, 2010 at 19:00 | John Daly

The following article is the first of three examining the recent unrest in Kyrgyzstan and its implications.  Part 2 tomorrow will deal with the regional fallout from the “Tulip Revolution…

Europe's Latest Tinder Box and Global Mega Trends - Russia's pre-eminence in the EU Energy Market (Part 3)

Apr 09, 2010 at 19:00 | Yossef Bodansky

Russia’s preeminence in the EU energy market also became clear during 2009. The EU was smarting from the Russian-Ukrainian “gas war” of the previous winter when Ukraine held Europe’s heating…

Europe's Latest Tinder Box and Global Mega Trends - The US Support for Violence in Chechenya (Part 2)

Apr 09, 2010 at 19:00 | Yossef Bodansky

In Spring 1997, the US capitalized on the brewing crisis between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The most significant development in the crisis took place somewhat away from the Nagorno-Karabakh front line.…

Europe's Latest Tinder Box and Global Mega Trends - The EU's Failure (Part 1)

Apr 09, 2010 at 19:00 | Yossef Bodansky

The Greater Black Sea Basin (GBSB) – the region between the middle of the Adriatic Sea in the west and the middle of the Caspian Sea in the east,…

A Floating Alternative to Nabucco Undercuts Potential Disruptions to EU Energy Supplies

Apr 06, 2010 at 19:00 | Yossef Bodansky

In late February 2010, Romania, Azerbaijan, and Georgia finalized an agreement on the direct export of Azerbaijani natural gas to Romania. This has profound ramifications for halting Turkey’s ability to…

The Moscow Bombing: An Inevitable Victory for Moscow, But a Hard Struggle Ahead

Apr 04, 2010 at 19:00 | Yossef Bodansky

The March 29, 2010, martyr-bombings in the two Moscow Metro stations served as a reminder of the escalating and evolving jihadist surge into Russia’s soft underbelly. The bombing took place…

The True Causes Underlying the Moscow Metro Bombings

Mar 30, 2010 at 17:11 | John Daly

The tragic news of the 29 March twin suicide bombings of two Moscow Metro stations during the morning rush hour has produced outrage worldwide, with the Kremlin quickly adding that…

Renewed Battle for the Falkland Islands Suits the Embattled British, Argentine Leaders, and Others

Mar 01, 2010 at 17:30 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The artificially-engendered revival of the dispute, which began in February 2010 between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, has been…

Gazprom: Angel or Demon?

Jan 29, 2010 at 02:55 | Philip H. de Leon

Gazprom faces regular opprobrium for its bullying ways of using energy as a pressure and political tool. Seen by some, mostly Russians, as the symbol of a successful and strong…

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