Eastern Mediterranean, the Return of History: Greece, Turkey, Italy and the Great Power Game

On December 7th, 2017, Turkish President Erdoğan visited Athens, where he shocked the Greek government by openly talking about the revision of the Treaty of Lausanne. This treaty had been signed in 1923 by Greece, Turkey, and the victorious Allies in World War One, where the boundaries between the former…

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The United States and China in the Mediterranean: New Great Power Conflicts in an Ancient World

As the Trump administration came into power after 2016, the United States found itself increasingly in conflict with Beijing on a variety of issues in the international system, ranging from trade, security in the Eastern-Pacific, intellectual property theft and economic competition. A confrontation that became even more pronounced as China…

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Will the Georgian Ajaria region follow the fate of Northern Cyprus?

Hamlet Chipashvili, a well-known Georgian political scientist and for long years senior advisor to late Eduard Shevardnadze (1928-2014) predicted last October the gradual loss of the autonomous region of Ajaria to Turkey. According to Chipashvili, the financial activity of Ankara on the Georgian Black Sea coast has gone far beyond…

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ISF Director Participates in 8th EU Disarmament Conference, Brussels

International Security Forum Director, Prof. Dr. Yiorghos Leventis, participated in the eighth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference held at Palais d’ Egmont, Brussels on the 13th and 14th December 2019. The EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference is the annual flagship event of the European network of independent non-proliferation and disarmament…

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Now What About Idlib?

If no solution is found, the troubled Syrian province could turn into an Al-Qaeda Caliphate Idlib is bleeding. Radical Islamists, who lost the war in Syria, are trying to retain power in the country's north-western province at the cost of civilian lives. This is the final obstacle to attaining peace…

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Cyprus-US: One Way?

Less than a few weeks after the announcement of the drilling results of the US company Exxon Mobil regarding Block 10 of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus, we witnessed exponential growth in Washington's attention to our small bedeviled island. Undoubtedly, the Cyprus government weighs the potential advantage.  Official statements…

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Ουκρανική Κρίση: Απρόβλεπτες Συνέπειες

Ένα ενδιαφέρον άρθρο του Χαράλαμπου Μερακλή δημοσιεύτηκε πρόσφατα στον Κυπριακό Τύπο υπό τον τίτλο Η Αντιπαράθεση Ρωσίας-Ουκρανίας στα Στενά του Κερτς (Πολίτης, 15 Ιανουαρίου 2019). Η ανάλυση του ΧΜ αρκετά εμβριθής, γι’ αυτό και θα θέλαμε να επισημάνουμε τα κύρια της σημεία προσθέτοντας και τις δικές μας κρίσεις κι απόψεις.…

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Terrorists in Idlib Should not Hope on the Help of Foreign Sponsors

There are about 10,000 terrorists linked with al-Qaeda on the territory of the Syrian province of Idlib. This statement was unexpectedly widely quoted in the Western media, contrary to the established tradition of representing members of illegal armed groups as "rebels" and "fighters for freedom". Perhaps the reason for the…

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