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caucasusphoto(Game of Poker at best, Game of Chess at worst, and neither option should be celebrated)

Petra Posega
(Security Scholar with a Degree in Political Science. She prolifically writes for platforms and magazines on four continents (including the Canadian (Geopolitics of Energy, the US Addleton, and Far-Eastern Journal of Asia- Europe Relation).

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 22 May 2016

Nuclear security is seemingly in the vanguard of global attention, but the large framework of international provisions is increasingly perceived as a toothless tiger. In the contemporary age where asymmetric threats to security are one of the most dangerous ones, the time is high to mitigate the risk of rouge actors having potential access to materials, necessary to develop nuclear weapons....Read more

caspianAleksandra Krstić
(She studied in Belgrade (Political Science) and in Moscow (Plekhanov's IBS). She is currently, a post-doctoral researcher at the Kent University in Brussels (Intl. Relations). Specialist for the MENA-Balkans frozen and controlled conflicts)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 24 April 2016

The recent all-shoot out in Azerbaijan between the ethnic Armenians and Azerbaijani forces brought yet another round of casualties, psychological traumas and property destructions. Sudden and severe as it was, the event sent its shock waves all over Caucasus and well beyond. Is Caucasus receiving the 'residual heat' from the boiling MENA? Is this a next Syria? Is a grand accommodation pacific scenario possible? Or will it be more realistic that the South Caucasus ends up violently torn apart by the grand compensation that affects all from Afghanistan up to the EU-Turkey deal?.... Read more

ukraine25Georgios Siachamis
(PhD Candidate, University of Ghent, & Visiting Fellow at Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations, Belgium)

Copyright @: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication date: 28 December 2015

Note: The views expressed in the article reflect those of the Author and do not necessarily reflect the views of RIEAS.

The ongoing Crisis in Ukraine has attracted extensive news coverage and political analysis, both in the US and Europe. Reading the political analysis regarding the crisis in Ukraine, one often gets the impression that the conflict in Ukraine consists of a game changing that shape a new political reality in the relations between Russia and the West (Europe and US)....Read more

azerbaijangreeceJeyhun Ismayilov

(Summer Research Fellow at the RIEAS & Candidacy in Bachelor of Business Administration, concentration in Business Management -
Pace University Lubin School of Business in the City of New York, USA)

Copyright: Research Institute of European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 6 December 2015.

Alfred Nobel once said that, without exaggeration, the observation of and the search for similarities and differences are the basis of all human knowledge. In fact, it is as basic as that – sometimes it is exactly those differences that bring people together, while other times lack of similarities push them away. At the end of the day, it is a personal matter for every single human being, whether having the same taste and likes is what he/she needs to be happy, or trying everything new every day is.... Read more

usforeignpolicyZhyldyz Oskonbaeva
(RIEAS Senior Advisor & Eurasian Liaison)

Daniel Little
(RIEAS Senior Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) - Publication date: 2 August 2015

"Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power,
while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must".
(Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, 5:89)

Since the creation of the world, human existence can be summed up as alternating between the struggle for survival and the struggle for power. Throughout history, militarized clashes were the way to ensure markets hence political-diplomatic and economic leverage. In the modern world, the newer way of establishing markets or preserving comparative advantage is now financial hegemony. The 'dictatorship of the purse' controls not only countries but also regions, even superpowers, alliances and other unions... Read more

isis72Zhyldyz Oskonbaeva
(RIEAS Senior Advisor & Eurasian Liaison)

Daniel Little
(RIEAS Senior Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 25 July 2015

At first the concept of ISIS as a corporate entity appears strange, even unsettling yet a number of recent events lends itself to this analogy. While no one takes issue with ISIS' success in Syria and Iraq, their Grand Strategy has until now been treated as a conceptual construct rather than a practical roadmap. Not only is this Grand Strategy a realizable one, it is further along than imagined. This article ties together a two-month old video with events as fresh as last week, even yesterday (July 24th) morning to complete what has eluded many for some time - namely where all of this leads...Read more

georgia2Jason E. Strakes, PhD
(Associate Researcher, Ilia State University, Georgia)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 10 June 2015

In the years since the South Ossetia War of 8-13 August 2008, Western observers have produced much alarmist commentary regarding the imminent Russian threat to Georgia's continued existence as an independent state, and the imperative of greater Euro-Atlantic commitment to its deterrence.1 On one hand, this reflects the international public relations campaign launched by the former United National Movement (UNM) government to justify its unsuccessful strategy of reintegrating the disputed territories by force, which (in defiance of the 2009 EU Independent Fact Finding Mission Report) cast the conflict as a premeditated and expansionist gambit by Moscow.2 Yet, this narrative followed upon an existing unofficial domestic security doctrine during its incumbency from 2004-2012 that identified all major instances of organized political opposition or unrest as Kremlin-orchestrated actions, which both preceded and was reinforced by the five-day invasion.3 This essential credulity on the part of some U.S. and European representatives has encouraged the drawing of spurious associations between the August War and the Russian annexation of Crimea and involvement in the ensuing insurgency in the eastern oblasts of Ukraine since February 2014, in turn fueling the trope of entitlement to "shortcuts" to NATO membership among Georgian societal elites.4...Read more

eurasianunionAlesia Slizhava (PhD)
(Professor in UCM (Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, University Complutense in Madrid & Executive Director a Spanish Journal about History, Politics and International Relations)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 4 April 2015

In 2015 the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) was created as a regional organism with its own separate legal identity, composed of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia. It is based in Moscow, with a legal tribunal in Minsk and a financial tribunal in Almaty. Throughout the preceding two and a half years of negotiations, Moscow sought vainly to incorporate other members, in view of opposition from Belarus and Kazakhstan. The EEU plans further development that would create additional omissions and institutions whose ultimate goal would be to achieve a common fiscal, monetary and foreign policy. During 2015 the presidency is held by Belarus...Read more

azeri20Najiba Mustafayeva
(PhD Candidate at MGIMO University (Russia) &Expert at the Center for Strategic Studies (SAM) (Azerbaijan)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 26 February 2015

The sad experience of history shows that international crime invariably accompanies human society. Indigenous interests of states, as well as security and stability on the planet depend on the ability and commitment of the international community to combat international crimes....Read more

bseclogoClaudiu-Nicolae Sonda
(Postgraduate student in the M.A. Program - the International and European Relations- in the Linkoping University, Sweden)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 15 November 2014

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. These are the eleven original Founding Members who by signing on 25th June 1992 the Istanbul Summit Declaration and the Bosphorus Statement gave birth to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation . This project transformed into a fully-fledged international organization on May 1, 1999 with the entry into force of the BSEC Charter, and it reached the size it has today (12 members) in 2004 with the accession of Serbia .... Read more

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