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the next few years China will be opening an investment bridgehead in the
Balkans. As other powers such as Russia and Turkey have increased their
geopolitical presence in the region, China’s expansion will be even stronger –
but different in kind because it will be a “soft,” mostly economic penetration.
The push will be all the more powerful if the European Union neglects the
region, as seems probable with its decision to delay the next round of
accession until 2025.
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
In 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower officially severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, shuttering the United States embassy in Havana. The move marked the beginning of half a century of diplomatic hibernation, a sleep so deep that it survived the thawing of the Cold War by a full generation. Then, on December 17, 2014, those relations were roused from their slumbe...
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...