ISSDM~ INTERVIEWS~FORECASTS

Energizing Balkan Development and Integration

Remarks:Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Dubrovnik, Croatia   Thanks, Lara, it’s great to be back. Thanks to Minister Vesna Pusic and all our Croatian hosts for gathering us in this beautiful, historic place. Croatia has come so far since this forum began ten years ago – now a member of both NATO and the EU, ...

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The Panama Canal: A Century of Operation and the Impact of the Expansion Project

By Professor Thomas Shannon Stiles  Part 3- The Expansion and the Current Crisis In October 2006, over 78% of Panamanians voted in support of the $5.25 billion Canal expansion which was to include: two new sets of single-lane, three-step locks (one set at the Atlantic entrance and one at the Pacific); two new channels to connect the new locks to ...

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Putin is looking for client state in the Balkans!

By Selim Ibraimi- Center for Security Studies and Development (CSSD) The state security dilemma for the Balkan states lies in the tendency of governments to go back in history. Alliances have an important and center role in Balkan politics. States and governments seems that don’t want progress, membership on NATO and the EU has been forgotten. -Strategic agreements with Russia, ...

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Critical Geopolitics

Book recommendation:Critical Geopolitics

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Tug of War in Macedonia

  Will Skopje’s Wiretap Scandal Drive It Closer to Russia?  By Besir Ceka Macedonia is embroiled in a deep political crisis. Since February of this year, over 500 wiretapped recordings of alleged conversations of various officials, including the sitting Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and some of his cabinet members, have been released in 36 installments by Zoran Zaev, the leader ...

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Macedonia a new crisis for EU

  By Selim Ibraimi- Founder of Security Studies and Development, Macedonia The last military and police intervention in the city of Kumanovo have brought the memories of the Balkan Wars. What is going on in Macedonia? Finally by all indicators Macedonia, becomes a flashpoint in the region. The ethnic and political balance is being tested again in Macedonia. Last political ...

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Security report: A ‘Cold War’ era in Macedonia!

By Selim Ibraimi-Founder of Center for Security Studies and Development- Macedonia According to the latest reports, political forces in Serbia and Macedonia are turning the region into a ‘battlefield’ and military polygon. However, due to Russian expansion, States of Eastern Europe and the Balkans could ”construct” new zones of “Cold War”. Serbian balancing act between East and West is well ...

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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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