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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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