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Russia with proxy and hybrid tensions in the Balkans!

By Selim Ibraimi -The Center for Security Studies and Development-Macedonia –Gas transit lines, profiles of governments, corridors that affect Macedonia and neighboring countries, are hot spots of the race between United States and Russia in the Balkans. 1.Ukraine and finally by all indicators including Macedonia, becomes the point of sourcing rivalry. The balance provided by the U.S. for more than ...

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Coal overshadows EU membership prospects of the Western Balkans

By Dragana Mileusnic-EUACTIV Dragana Mileusnic is energy policy coordinator for South East Europe at Climate Action Network Europe Countries of the Western Balkans seeking to join the EU have made almost no progress on aligning their environmental and climate policies with the EU principles. In fact, they are diminishing prospects of their EU membership by supporting environmentally and socially damaging ...

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Influencing the Pan- Eurasian security

By Selim Ibraimi -Center for Security Studies and Development-Macedonia (CSSD)  In geopolitical cycles since the break-up former USSR, most of the ex- republics and found themselves in a bad regional situation, not part of the Russia and not really part of any other group associated with Russo-American rivalry over Eurasian pan- security sphere of energy interests. But today the core ...

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Putin Sets His Eyes on the Balkans

By Stephen Blank-Newsweek While the Russian threat to Poland and the Baltic States has sparked justified anxiety, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s imperial adventure is just as much of a threat to the Balkans. Moscow is putting on a full-court press—using energy exports, information warfare, trade, arms sales and efforts to obtain military bases in Cyprus, Montenegro and Serbia—to subvert the ...

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The Westren Balkans become a playground for Russia

By:Judy Dempsey-(CE) After Angela Merkel delivered a trenchant foreign policy speech at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney on November 17, the German chancellor took part in a follow-up discussion. Her comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin were not only highly critical of his actions over recent months. Merkel also said she was not convinced that he would ...

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Afghanistan and Pakistan: Anatomy of a Proxy War

By Bob Churcher(Huff Post) Obama’s Afghan surge and new strategy attempt sophistication and nuance, but fail to grasp the terrible complexities of the Afghan war. In his speech the President noted two key issues: Afghanistan’s rampant corruption and the problematic role of Pakistan. But these problems are more vexing than he admits. I know the depth of these problems from ...

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Is geopolitics of codes comes back?

We all know that fragile Balkan states try to make themselves look strong in the Balkan arena and to become more attractive in the eyes of World Powers. But this form of exhibition in the domain of foreign policy is very dangerous.This must be embraced neither by our country, nor by others. By Selim Ibraimi During a speech at the ...

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