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Mediterranean Sea-Energy-Geopolitical Stability

Mediterranean Sea-Energy-Geopolitical Stability

The current energy and geopolitical environment is southeastern Mediterranean area is very crucial and sensitive. Greece, Cyprus, and Israel try to create an economic alliance and explore the natural gas resources. In addition, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Libya want to be part of that energy chessboard game. The Aegean dispute and the Cyprus question create serious problems to establish a well develop economic relation and partnership among Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus. Moreover, Turkey has to … Read entire article »

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Afghanistan’s New National Security Challenges

Afghanistan’s New National Security Challenges

Afghanistan’s national security has serious and huge challenges due to significant anthropological, sociological, economic, demographic, geographic, political, and cultural impediments that dominate the Afghan society. Recently, the U.S. government tries to create a coherent national security structure and policy for Afghanistan and to stop disunified efforts and mismatched resources. The focus on U.S. policy to create a strong security, governance, … Read entire article »

Greece: A Cradle of Socio-Political and Economic Instability

Greece: A Cradle of Socio-Political and Economic Instability

Greece faces her worst socio-political and economic crisis since her independence in 1832 from the Ottoman Empire.  A long period of socialist rule created a corrupt welfare state. The socialist Prime Ministers Andreas Papandreou, Costas Simitis, and George Papandreou main policy was to sustain statism. The main cause for this complicated and serious problem is a corrupt socio-economic and political … Read entire article »

The Two Faces of Qatar

The Two Faces of Qatar

by Chryssooula Katsikoudi Middle East Expert   Smaller than the state of Connecticut, with a native population of less than 300,000 and occupying a small peninsula on the coast of the Arabian Peninsula, this small Persian Gulf State called Qatar has been a significant international player in the recent years. Currently ranking amongst the highest in oil and gas reserves, as well as the … Read entire article »

Greece and the Financial Crisis of the 21st Century and its Global Implications

Greece and the Financial Crisis of the 21st Century and its Global Implications

Greece faces the most severe financial crisis since her independence in 1832 from the then powerful Ottoman Empire. The main cause for this complicated and serious problem is a corrupt socio-economic and political system. Greece has a huge public sector with an uncontrollable spending. Between the years 1981 to 1991, public-sector debt in Greece rose at about 5 percent per … Read entire article »

GCC Forces Move Into Bahrain

GCC Forces Move Into Bahrain

STRATFOR analyst Reva Bhalla examines the Iranian dilemma with the Gulf Cooperation Council’s decision to deploy forces to Bahrain. … Read entire article »

U.S.A. and the Battle for a Biological, Chemical, and Nuclear Free World

U.S.A. and the Battle for a Biological, Chemical, and Nuclear Free World

In the post Cold War epoch, the United States of America started an extensive and a very expensive program to reduce or even eliminate the dangerous menace of biological warfare, chemical development, and nuclear proliferation. At least three main and important factors underlie this renewed emphasis on proliferation policy and strategy. First, the reduced military menace from the former Soviet … Read entire article »

Greek-Israeli Geostrategic Rapprochement

Greek-Israeli Geostrategic Rapprochement

Greece and Israel are very old nations with extremely rich and complicated history. Specifically, since the Ulysses and Moses periods these two Mediterranean nations have been associated with all the crucial historical developments and ethnic and biblical struggles in the eastern Mediterranean region and the wider Balkan and the Middle East regions. Thus, both Greek and Israelis feel very proud … Read entire article »

Toυρκικό το υποβρύχιο που εγκλώβισαν τα ελικόπτερα του Π.Ν. στην Κέα

Toυρκικό το υποβρύχιο που εγκλώβισαν τα ελικόπτερα του Π.Ν. στην Κέα

Τουρκικό ήταν τελικά το υποβρύχιο που εντόπισαν και κυνήγησαν επί ώρες τα δύο ελικόπτερα S-70 B-6 Aegean Hawk την Πέμπτη το πρωί βόρειοδυτικά της Κέας, 8,5 μίλια από την νήσο Μαντιλού και 11,5 μίλια νότια της Καρύστου, σε μία κορυφαία επιθετική κίνηση που όμοιά της δεν έχει υπάρξει στο παρελθόν! Το defencenet.gr μετά από έρευνα τριών ημερών φέρνει στην … Read entire article »

The Democratic Peace Hypothesis and Greek Foreign Policy: The 1974 Cyprus Conflict

The Democratic Peace Hypothesis and Greek Foreign Policy: The 1974 Cyprus Conflict

Genesis The “democratic peace” hypothesis encourages hope for a new age of international peace among nation-states that adopt democratic values and beliefs. It argues that democracies are more likely than non-democracies to resolve disputes among themselves in a peaceful manner. Its core assumption–that democracies do not fight wars with each other–constitutes the closet one can get to an “iron-clad law” in … Read entire article »