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bulturgrA snapshot of recent Bulgarian-Turkish Foreign Policy Exchanges and Security Dynamics

Dr. Kiril Avramov
(Assistant Professor of Political Science,
Department of Political Science, New Bulgarian University)

“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.”
― John Lydgate

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 26 July 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 bit of a background

Despite the turbulent events and constant internal and foreign policy tensions in Turkey prior and following the failed coup d’état in July 2016 the Bulgarian foreign policy has strived to maintain a so-called “pragmatic approach” in dealing with its large and restless neighbor. The Bulgarian foreign policy and security apparatus while acknowledging the trends and dynamics of Turkish foreign and security policy that has undergone a dramatic stage of transformation from “zero problems with neighbors policy” ( ) to almost “zero friends” in its immediate vicinity and beyond, has maintained a relatively stable line of steadily pragmatic strategic approach that excludes antagonism and harsh criticism of Erdogan’s regime and policies...Read more

gulf17Quentin de Pimodan

(Co-author of The Khaleeji Voice, six-part book series about each of the GCC nations and their respective urban art cultures)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 1 July 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).

Considering the supposed list of demands from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), handled to Qatar through Kuwait mediation and leaked to the press, one can objectively raises the question.
This famous list has been at the heart of the crisis between Qatar and its former GCC partners and neighbors which entered its third week since the cutting off diplomatic relations with the small peninsula at the beginning of June...Read more

intel12Q & A

Tassos Symeonides
(Academic Adviser, RIEAS)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 18 June 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).

Intelligence Studies academic programs are proliferating. Is this a “Renaissance” of Strategic Studies in modified, more “current” incarnation?
Intelligence Studies, as a distinct academic field, is a recent development going back to the first tentative steps of the 1950s as the Cold War took hold of superpower strategies. In contrast, Strategic Studies, is ancient by comparison, its first proponents as an organized academic endeavor appearing as early as the 18th century...Read more

warpeace81Tassos Symeonides
(Academic Adviser, RIEAS)

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

Forty two years ago this past April, the United States abandoned South Vietnam in great disarray. The images of the chaotic exodus from Saigon and other parts of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975 are indelibly printed upon the collective American memory. Ever since that fateful day, “the lessons of Vietnam” have been ..Read more

syrianatophotoQ&A

Tassos Symeonides
(Academic Adviser, RIEAS)

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

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced NATO is joining the Western anti-ISIL coalition in Syria. How exactly NATO will be “joining” the Western powers already involved militarily in that conflict?

The secretary emphasized NATO won’t be assuming combat roles in Syria. The formal “joining” of the anti-ISIL coalition is in reality a political gesture since all 28 NATO members are already involved in combating the caliphate in Syria and Iraq in one way or another. Diplomats in Brussels said NATO’s move is symbolic more than anything else....Read more

syriaisraelEhud Eilam
(Ph.D., analyst of Israel’s national security, is a former civilian researcher for the Israeli military. He resides in the United States)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 13 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).

On April 27 Israel bombed a military site inside Syria, near Damascus. It was a strike similar to those Israel carried out since 2013.
Israel and Syria have been enemies since 1948. They confronted each other in several high intensity wars and in numerous smaller clashes. The Israeli air strikes inside Syria in recent years are a war within a war, one of the many that have been going on in Syria. There is the major fight between those who support Assad and those who oppose him together with smaller confrontations such as between the Kurds and ISIS and Israel and Hezbollah. Read more

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