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uscongress17United States Department of the Treasury August 18, 2017

Copyright: https://www.treasury.gov/ - Publication date: (www.rieas.gr) on 10 September 2017

Introduction

This report provides an assessment of the likelihood that a precautionary International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan to Greece, approved in principle in July 2017, will be repaid in full. For the program to become effective – and thus for any potential disbursement of IMF financing to occur – the IMF Executive Board must take a second decision confirming that Greece remains on track with policy reforms under the program, and that there are credible and specific commitments from Greece’s European partners to provide requisite debt relief so that public debt becomes sustainable under the IMF’s analysis. Read more

balkan50Cameron Munter
(Board of Contributors)

Copyright:https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/crisis-brews-balkans-west-looks Publication date at RIEAS web site: 1 September 2017

Insight, analysis and commentary from Stratfor’s Board of Contributors and guest contributors who are distinguished leaders in their fields of expertise.
In the first six months of U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, five foreign policy challenges have dominated the national and international spotlight. China's expanding economic and military role, Russia's tenuous relations with Europe and the Middle East, ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Syria, threats stemming from North Korea and Venezuela, and Europe's future amid rising populist movements in the United Kingdom and France have taken center stage among the world's policymakers. .. Read more

chinagrflagsRoie Yellinek
(Doctoral student in the department of Middle East studies at Bar-Ilan University, Israel)BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 523, July 9, 2017

Copyright: https://besacenter.org/ - Publication date on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 10 July 2017.

China and Greece have an almost entirely one-sided economic relationship. China’s deep involvement in Greece is part of a long-term strategy to achieve control of the marine paths from China to the EU. This strategy means China is willing to invest and take part in the rehabilitation of Greece – but there will be a price to be paid for this. Read more

balkan65Pakistanisation as the Final Solution for the Balkans?

Zlatko Hadžidedić
(Assistant Professor at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He received his PhD from the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Political Science, his MPhil from the London School of Economics and Political Science and MA from the Central European University, Budapest. He served as political adviser to several Bosnian ministers and political leaders. His book Forced to be Free. The Paradoxes of Liberalism and Nationalism was published in 2012 by Deutscher Wissenschafts-Verlag (DWV).

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 7 May 2017

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

A few days ago Observer published a column under the title Putin-Proofing the Balkans: A How-To Guide, written by John Schindler. In this article the author advocates some new geopolitical redesigns of the Balkans which are actually far from being a novelty...Read more

balkan50Zlatko Hadžidedić
(Assistant Professor at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He received his PhD from the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Political Science, his MPhil from the London School of Economics and Political Science and MA from the Central European University, Budapest. He served as political adviser to several Bosnian ministers and political leaders. His book Forced to be Free. The Paradoxes of Liberalism and Nationalism was published in 2012 by Deutscher Wissenschafts-Verlag (DWV).

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 24 April 2017.

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Foreign Affairs, a respected American foreign policy magazine, published in December 2016 an article under the title Dysfunction in the Balkans, written by Timothy Less. In this article the author offers his advice to the new American Administration, suggesting it to abandon the policy of support to the territorial integrity of the states created in the process of dissolution of the former Yugoslavia. Timothy Less advocates a total redesign of the existing state boundaries in the Balkans, on the basis of a dubious assumption that the multiethnic states in the Balkans (such as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia) are to be regarded as inherently dysfunctional, whereas the ethnically homogenous states (such as Serbia, Albania and Croatia) are to be regarded as far more successful. Read more

acro15Peter Koenig
(an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a former World Bank staff and worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for Global Research, ICH, RT, Sputnik, PressTV, The 4th Media, TeleSUR, TruePublica, The Vineyard of The Saker Blog, and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe. He is also a co-author of The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance)

Copyright: http://www.globalresearch.ca/open-letter-to-the-people-of-greece-you-are-being-slaughtered-before-the-worlds-eyes/5579023

Dearest and Esteemed People of Greece,

You are being slaughtered right in front of the world’s eyes and nobody says beep. Least the Greek elite. Your Government. A few, but a few too many, allow the slaughter because it doesn’t concern them. They are blinded by the false glamour of the euro and of belonging to the ‘elite class’ of the noble Europeans (sic!)....Read more

kosovophoto76Dr. Shaul shay (Col Res)
(Director of research of the Institute for Policy and Strategy and a senior research fellow of the International Policy Institute for counter Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya (IDC), Israel. Dr. Shay was the deputy head of the National Security Council (NSC) of Israel.).

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publications date: 15 February 2017

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

The political solutions crafted by US and EU to the Kosovo crisis of the 1990s, were only temporary fixes that stopped the bloodshed but didn't solve the fundamental roots of the conflict. After 20 years the old hostilities and tensions are threatening again the stability of the region....Read more

romaniaflagRomania -Insider Analysis

Copyright: http://www.romania-insider.com/ Publication at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 5 February 2017.

Romania’s Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu announced on Saturday evening that the Government would revoke the emergency ordinance that changes the Criminal Code in an emergency meeting on Sunday. Some 140,000 people were protesting in front of the Government’s headquarters in downtown Bucharest when the PM made his statement. More people were going to the Victoriei Square. Read more

balkanmap(Who Needs Greater State Projects in the Balkans?)

Dr. Zlatko Hadžidedić

(Graduate of the London School of Economics )UK), a prominent thinker, prolific author of numerous books, and indispensable political figure of the former Yugoslav socio-political space in 1990s, 2000s and 2010s).

Note: Greece has not recognized “Macedonia” but only with its United Nations (UN) name as Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 2 January 2017

Ever since the end of the WWI, and especially since the end of the WWII, the UK official foreign policy line was nearly always the same, imperial - partition and division. Divide/atomize and rule (divide at impere)! Was it Asia, Latin America, Africa, Ukraine, Balkans or the Middle East – Pakistanization was the UK classical (colonial) concept, action and answer! With the Brexit at sight, seems that the Pakistanization (finally) came home...Read more

kos14Joseph Fitsanakis
(Senior Editor, IntelNews)

Copyright: https://intelnews.org Publication at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 10 December 2016

A German retiree living in Greece, who admitted in court that he was part of a network of German and other Western European residents of Greece recruited as spies by Turkish intelligence, has been jailed for 14 years. The 65-year-old man, who has not been named, was arrested two years ago in the southeastern Aegean island of Kos. He was born in Cold-War-era East Germany and worked as a locksmith before serving for 15 years in the East German National People’s Army. From 2009 to 2012, he lived in Turkey before moving permanently to Greece. Read more

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