Warm Waters: 70 Hot Days Ahead

Exactly three years ago, in October 2011, my phone rang at my antique maps gallery-cum-office. At the other end of the line was Dr Gregory Reichberg, an American seasoned researcher, a dear colleague then Director of the PRIO Cyprus Centre. Already at my time at the UN University HQ Tokyo…

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Ukraine: Dire Need for Consolidating the Inescapable Political Process

Four weeks after the Ukrainian presidential election that was meant to normalize the situation in the country, the pacification of troubled Ukraine is still a far cry. Sadly, in the eastern parts of the country violence is rife and the region is plunging further into civil strife. The military approach…

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Rouhani’s Progress & Promises

Co-author: Justin Lehmann   According to the “Rouhani Meter”(www.rouhanimeter.com), an online tool to monitor President Rouhani’s progress in office, Iran’s newly elected, moderate President has taken a clear cut route to improving Iran’s detrimental foreign policy above all else. He has then focused on economic policies followed by improvements to…

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Regional Energy & Security Cooperation: Is Turkey a Trustful Partner?

'Turkey is neither Occident nor Orient' a Turkish colleague of mixed extraction with substantial Western exposure remarked poignantly in a recent private conversation in Istanbul. 'Turkey is Turkey and no other power can put it in a single box'. This poignant remark encapsulates much of current Turkish foreign, security, energy…

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Angry Turkey

Written by Dr Yiorghos Leventis* SPECIAL ISF ANNIVERSARY FEATURE ARTICLE The latest incident authored last Sunday (17 April 2011) in Berlin by an excessive and arrogant Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish Foreign Minister, serves as a cool reminder of the troublemaking policies of his country. Turkey, a staunch NATO ally, sporting…

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Searching for Global Security Architecture: Five Reasons Why 2010 is Crucial Turning Point

The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and the subsequent reunification of Germany were followed by the quick dissolution of the Warsaw Pact. Mikhail Gorbachev timely withdrew his support from the collapsing GDR. In June 1989, the former Soviet leader stated in Bonn, where he received a rapturous…

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