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EU is a mature, powerful bloc of nations that has vital interests outside its
borders, especially in the Mediterranean and Baltic regions, in the Middle East
and Africa. Unless the bloc drops its pretense of inwardness and moves to
define, articulate and defend its spheres of influence, the multiple strategic
challenges that have been dogging Europe are bound to become insurmountable.
The western Balkans is at a geopolitical crossroads. Which way should it go for funding for major infrastructure projects in roads, railways and harbours – the European Union, Russia, Turkey or China? This choice has come into sharper focus since the EU announced in 2014 that there would be no further enlargement until 2020. While the Balkans countries want to inte...
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
Three river projects in the Balkans have geopolitical importance for the region, its ecosystems, economy, politics and Russia’s role. Serbia remains Russia’s main ally, surrounded by Nato neighbours. But Russian support comes at a price and soon Serbia must choose between the European Union or Russia and between a source of income from the South Stream gas pipeline...
Dr. Carole Nakhle
The US change of focus towards Asia is hugely significant but appears to have been overlooked by Middle East countries. US troops are being pulled out of Europe as US defence spending is cut and the US priority tilts towards containing the Chinese. Israel and Middle East countries need to understand where the new priorities lie.
The civil war in Syria has wide and complex knock-on effects for the region and world politics. One area which will come under severe strain is the Eastern Mediterranean where Russia, in particular, has a strong stake in maintaining maritime trade and giving its navy access to a warm water port.
THE FAILURE of the Unite...