azeri20Najiba Mustafayeva
(PhD Candidate at MGIMO University (Russia) &Expert at the Center for Strategic Studies (SAM) (Azerbaijan)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies ( Publication date: 26 February 2015

The sad experience of history shows that international crime invariably accompanies human society. Indigenous interests of states, as well as security and stability on the planet depend on the ability and commitment of the international community to combat international crimes....Read more

bseclogoClaudiu-Nicolae Sonda
(Postgraduate student in the M.A. Program - the International and European Relations- in the Linkoping University, Sweden)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies ( Publication Date: 15 November 2014

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. These are the eleven original Founding Members who by signing on 25th June 1992 the Istanbul Summit Declaration and the Bosphorus Statement gave birth to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation . This project transformed into a fully-fledged international organization on May 1, 1999 with the entry into force of the BSEC Charter, and it reached the size it has today (12 members) in 2004 with the accession of Serbia .... Read more

eurasia14Zhyldyz Oskonbaeva
(RIEAS Senior Advisor & Eurasian Liaison)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies ( Publication Date: 26 October 2014

As with any agreement, there are the key or main points we focus on yet buried further down is something universally known as the 'fine print.' This is the case for example when we buy a house and choose the neighborhood. In international politics however, we don't necessarily choose our neighbors so when any regional agreement is reached, one has to ask, 'What are the key points?' 'What's in the fine print?'...  Read more

ukraine16Zhyldyz Oskonbaeva
(RIEAS Senior Advisor & Eurasian Liaison)

Daniel Little
(RIES Senior Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies ( Publication Date: 6 September 2014

Achieving 'Harmony in the World' through international cooperation or scourging those 'Disrupting the Peace' are simple enough themes for short media segments but for pragmatists these are neither explanatory nor accurate. Instead realists argue that harmony and peace are illusory ideals which never existed. In world affairs the analogy of 'balancing' or more commonly the 'Balance of Power' appears more apt. Such is the case of Russia's relationship with the Ukraine. Not all that long ago Russia literally had its say in affairs in each of the regions it bordered. Whether it was Eurasia, the Caucasus or particularly in Eastern Europe, everyone looked to Moscow's reaction first before deciding anything on their own. When the Soviet Union fell apart, the rest of the world believed that it was the end of "Russian Hegemony."..... Read more

azeri14Garanfil Hasanova
(RIEAS post-graduate internship fellow and Master of Public Administration Candidate of Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs in the city of New York)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (, Publication date: 27 August 2014

All countries in the world differ from one another at some level, however, they still share similarities in many spheres, sometimes more, sometimes a few. Practices show that having more similarities in traditions and customs or life styles of people from different countries situated in various distances, is the result of political, diplomatic, businesslike relations and friendships that exist between those countries. Contemporary relationship existing between Azerbaijan and Greece is a solid example to this... Read more

Apostolos Skourtas
(RIEAS Research Associate)

Copyright: (Publication Date: 27 April 2014)
The importance of the maritime domain is beyond any comparison. It is of almost no use to start throwing numbers about the worth of the merchandise transported through the world’s oceans nor the volume or worth of the cargo in which oil and natural gas are transported globally. The problem is that in the high seas the environment is enormous and complex. High seas are an unregulated and complex space, thus extremely vulnerable to maritime threats. In the case of the Mediterranean, maritime security is too vague of a definition and has to be further defined. Is it maritime security in the terms of the European Union? Is it in the frame of NATO? Or is exclusively a responsibility of the coastal states?.... Read more

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