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Dr Aris Petasis
(Member of the Board of Trustees, International Fund, Moscow State Aviation University)

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The Cyprus Chamber of Commerce (CCC) inaugurated a campaign to inform us of the economic benefits of a «just and lasting solution.” The campaign is supported by the Development Programme of the United Nations (UNDP-ACT) and by the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.  For the sake of brevity I will refer to the above three as CCC/TCCC/UNDP.  

Matteo Quattrocchi

(Researcher at the European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels. He holds an Italian Master’s Degree in Law and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from the Georgetown University Law Center, specializing in International and National Security and the Law of the Sea.)

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As the media attention on the October tragedy off the coast of Lampedusa subsides, the European Union’s (EU) consideration of the Southern Mediterranean (SouthMed) immigration crisis seems to follow suit. Despite the repeated calls for help by Southern European leaders, and the repeated reports of an increasingly dire situation on the southern border of the Union, the institution as a whole seems unable or unwilling to reconsider its stance on immigration and asylum policies.

The current European Union framework

The EU has established a border agency, FRONTEX, with the purpose of “[supporting], [coordinating] and [developing] European border management in line with the EU fundamental rights charter”,  hoping to pool together capabilities and resources in an improved monitoring of its boundaries. However, border control is an integral part of a State’s national security,  which is among the most “protected” interests for EU Member States. In other words, many Member States would rather just formally participate to FRONTEX, while retaining much of their own resources and capabilities at the national level, for better control of their own national security......  Read more

Sofia Tzamarelou
(Postgraduate Researcher in the Center for Intelligence Studies, University of Brunel, UK)

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The performance of the United States Intelligence Community (USIC), as to if and to what extent there was an intelligence failure regarding the 1974 Greek coup that led to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, is not a very researched case study which is worth looking at....  Read more

Argyro-Maria Vourgidi
(RIEAS Internship,  Senior Student in the  Department of Asian and Turkish Studies, University of Athens, Greece)

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Introduction

  The Balkans (or Southeast Europe), is the cultural and historical bridge between East and West. It is a region where many civilizations have been emerged and developed, as well as a land that has witnessed endless wars fought to enhance different visions of history. It is the geographical boundary between two worlds; Europe and Asia. Historically and strategically, the Balkans are today as important for the future of Europe as they had always been. The collapse of the Soviet Communism in the late 1980s triggered a series of significant political, social and cultural transformations in the Balkans. In former Yugoslavia, as elsewhere, this transformative process brought about the re-emergence of nationalism and the reappearance of religion in social and political life.......  Read more

Simon Black
(International investor, entrepreneur, permanent traveler)

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My friend Illias took a drag of his cigarette as he contemplated my question.

“Our government tells us that this will be a better year. No one really believes them. But all we can do is be optimistic. Too many people are committing suicide.”

His statement probably best sums up the situation in Greece right now. It’s as if the hopelessness has gone stale, and the only thing they have to replace it with is desperate, misguided, faux-optimism. And anger.

 

Angelos Kostopoulos
(Former US Army Foreign Area Officer, Graduate of the Hellenic Army Supreme War College, and former General Manager of GE Wind in SE Europe,  and President of Blue White Capital LLC)

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As the fog of the post Iran and Afghanistan wars dissipates, it is clear that the state of Hellenism as personified by Greece and Cyprus has declined in the face of the emerging hegemony of Turkey in the region.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Neo-Ottoman Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey has reinforced its regional claims in the Aegean Sea and in Cyprus through its’ new-found strategy of “Strategic Depth.” Davutoglu’s views, “Turkey as the epicenter of the Balkans, Middle East, and the Caucasus, the center of Eurasia in general and is the Rimland Belt (1) cutting across the Mediterranean to the Pacific.”...  Read more:  English version and   Greek version

Prof. Marios Evriviades
(Department of International and European Studies, Panteio University, Greece)

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Note: Prof. Marios Evriviades permitted us to repost his analysis.

The Australian Alexander Downer is busy these days making the rounds as a UN envoy to bring peace to Cyprus. He can’t. He is uniquely unqualified for the job and for such a high mission.

Here is why. To begin with the man is blatantly disrespectful of the ideals and principles of the United Nations, the organization he represents at the bequest of its Secretary General.  The latter has been mandated by the Security Council to use his “good offices” to bring an end to the Cyprus conflict, in line with pertinent UN Resolutions.

Mary Bossis
(Assistant Professor of International Security, University of Piraeus)

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The Riots of December 2008 and the emerge of new Terrorist Groups

Following the arrest of a number of 17N’s members in summer 2002, new terrorist groups made their appearance influenced by the spreading anti-globalization phenomenon. Using names like: ‘The Popular Revolutionary Action’, ‘Armed Revolutionary Action’ and ‘Revolutionary Struggle’, they applied their terror activity directly against targets associated with the state and its institutions. As the era of 17N was reaching its end the new trends of domestic political violence emerged following the events of December 2008, and the implications of the financial crisis. (Mary Bosis, 2011.) 

George N. Tzogopoulos
(Political and Media Analyst, Author of the Books: US Foreign Policy in the European Media: Framing the Rise and Fall of Neoconservatism (I.B.TAURIS, 2012) and The Greek Crisis in the Media (Ashgate, 2013).

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A lot of research has already been conducted on the media landscape in South-East Europe. Within this context the case of Greece has been naturally examined. In the most recent example Freedom House has published a report which is not particularly honouring for the county. The main conclusion drawn is that Greece has declined from ‘free’ to ‘partly free’. There are two specific reasons which explain this relegation. The first is the increasingly hostile legal, political and economic environment for the press.  And the second is the closure of media outlets as a consequence of the continuing financial crisis often influencing accurate reporting about the country’s political and economic situation.

Naomi Klein tells EnetEnglish how her bestseller The Shock Doctrine relates to Greece

Naomi Klein
(Author, The Shock Doctrine)

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Lynn Edmonds
According to bestselling author Naomi Klein, the systemic use of shock and fear by the power elites to undermine vulnerable communities is very much evident in post-bailout Greece. From the rise of racism to the sell-off of the country's oil and natural gas resources – much of what will shape Greece's immediate future are, she argues, predictable consequences of the politics of austerity.... Read more:   English version   &   Greek version

 

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