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Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been ruling Belarus with an iron hand since 1994. His dictatorial leadership, frequent violations of human rights in Belarus and repeated election rigging by Lukashenka’s regime pushed an increasingly desperate population over the edge. The last electoral fraud by Lukashenka’s regime - the August 9 presidential elections - triggered mass protests largely labelled as a “colour revolution”.
18/09/2020 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Various
From fierce post-World War One fighting in the 1920s to the Cyprus dispute that erupted in the 1970s, the Aegean Sea has always been a source of contention between Greece and Turkey.
Today, it has once again returned to the top of international headlines, with demagogic speeches in both Athens and Ankara reviving a long-standing conflict between both countries.
14/09/2020 Free Readings Region: Mediterranean Sea Topic: Conflicts
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
The national identity of Lebanon was created after World War I, when in 1918, the famous British-French agreements – named after their engineers, the Englishman, Mike Sykes and the Frenchman, Francis-Georges Picot – divided the Middle East between France and Great Britain, following the principle 'divide et impera'.
12/09/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
Vladimir SOCOR
What looks to the world as another “color revolution,” this time in Belarus after the August 9 presidential election, outgrew and overwhelmed an initial Russian operation against the disobedient President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
Regime change remains Moscow’s political objective in Belarus. This is defined as easing out President Alyaksandr Lukashenka with his assent, as part of an internal constitutional settlement.
12/09/2020 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Geopolitics
Jelena MILIĆ
According to recent research, 65 per cent of Serbian citizens support the strengthening of co-operation between Serbia and the United States in the fields of security, defence and economy.
03/09/2020 Free Readings Region: Western Balkans Topic: Geopolitics
Muhammad FAISAL
Over the past two decades, the hub of global economic prowess has shifted to Asia, and most importantly, East Asia. Consequently, to advance the policy objectives of international peace and security, prosperity, cooperation for climate change and most importantly, preserving multilateralism, engagement with East Asian nations is sine qua non for Europe. At regional and international levels interaction between Europe and East Asia are shaping the policies and outlook of countries in both regions.
25/08/2020 Free Readings Region: Global Topic: Geopolitics
For several decades, we have witnessed deep, rapid and often unexpected transformations in international relations. Emerging economies have gradually become the engine of the world economy, and in terms of international relations, they have reconfigured the balance of power, so that the triad made up of the United States, the European Union and Japan was joined by the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), but also other countries, such as Indonesia and Turkey, with ambitious foreign policy goals.
21/08/2020 Free Readings Region: Global Topic: Geopolitics
Siegfried MUREȘAN
Faced with the new challenge represented by the need to manage the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing pressure of the Eurosceptic populist movements, the European Union was forced to provide both an immediate response, which could reflect the ability of the Member States to act according to the principle of solidarity and a medium term solution as part of the Multiannual Financial Framework for the years 2021 to 2027, a solution reflecting the vision of the 27 member states on the future of the European construct.
18/08/2020 Free Readings Region: European Union Topic: Geopolitics
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
On the 13th of August President Donald Trump announced that, following a personal initiative, managed by the presidential advisor Jared Kushner, there have been negotiations between the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Bin Zayed, and that they have agreed the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.
16/08/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
In early August, the foreign ministers of Egypt and Greece signed an agreement in Cairo on a preliminary plan for maritime borders between the two countries in the Mediterranean.
The map, which was published at the time of the announcement, showed that the agreement was in fact only partial, and lacks key details.
13/08/2020 Free Readings Region: Mediterranean Sea Topic: Conflicts
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