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The year 2020 was expected to be fraught with political turmoil. In preparation for the November general elections, America was warming up for a tense contest whose outcome was deemed decisive for the decade-long battle waged between populism and liberalism.
08/04/2020 Free Readings Region: Global Topic: Various
Brigadier General (ret) MEng Ciprian-Mircea RĂDULESCU
The occurrence and rapid spread of COVID-19 has shaken the entire world. Initially seen as a local phenomenon in Wuhan or, in the worst-case scenario only in China, it turned in less than two months in a global problem.
05/04/2020 Free Readings Region: Global Topic: Various
Alexandru PETRESCU
The Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Kosovo”, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and, sometimes, Croatia and Slovenia) is an area in Europe which tries (or so it says) to share European values and join the great “European family” represented by the EU, but it faces a series of challenges. This is not a first; just like the Balkans, the area of the Western Balkans is somewhat particular, an area which knew how to test the entire world, and not just once.
28/03/2020 Free Readings Region: Western Balkans Topic: Geopolitics
Mihnea MOTOC
In an unstable geopolitical environment, where the international landscape is marked by growing tensions, the reformation process of the European Union after Brexit cannot ignore the way the Member States seek to relate themselves to the security and defence dimension.
27/03/2020 Free Readings Region: European Union Topic: Geopolitics
Dr. Eugene KOGAN
The trilateral military cooperation, begun in November 2017, has all the necessary components to become decisive for the three countries in the eastern Mediterranean in the long-term. In addition, the US is fully behind the three countries, sending a clear signal to Ankara not to provoke conflict in the region.
25/03/2020 Free Readings Region: Mediterranean Sea Topic: Military
Dr. Sergiu MIȘCOIU
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland leaving the European Union and Euratom represents a major challenge to the EU member states and has complex economic, financial, social and political implications for the entire Community acquis.
Sergiu Mişcoiu, professor at the Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, offers us an overall picture regarding the perspectives and challenges related to the protection of the EU’s identity in the post-Brexit context, in the interview given to Vladimir Adrian Costea for the Geostrategic Pulse magazine.
23/03/2020 Free Readings Region: European Union Topic: Geopolitics
Vladimir-Adrian COSTEA
In this article, we set out to look at prisons as potential sources for the expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking into account the special status of prisons and the informal rules, which set the ground for life behind bars. We are referring to the dynamics of entries and exits from the penitentiary, in order to identify possible preventive and management measures, should a COVID-19 outbreak occurs.
18/03/2020 Free Readings Region: Global Topic: Various
Twice in the last decade, Orwell’s seminal dystopia 1984 topped best-sellers list. In 2013, after Edward Snowden leaked revelations about the NSA’s widespread surveillance operations, 1984 sales rose dramatically amid an explosion of references to the book’s totalitarian, tentacular entity, the “Big Brother” . It spiked again, by more than 9500%, in late 2017, when a White House aide casually evoked the existence of “alternative facts” when faced with her own previous erroneous statements.
15/03/2020 Free Readings Region: European Union Topic: Geopolitics
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
After 18 years of war, the USA and the Taliban insurgents decided to conclude an agreement that many analysts considered as having a historical dimension and significance. It is meant to pave the way for the withdrawal of the US and NATO troops, as well as for the start of a peace process between the insurgents and the government in Kabul led by the president Ashraf Ghani – who wasn’t present in Doha for the negotiations, as it is seen by the Islamist Taliban as a “US and Western puppet”.
11/03/2020 Free Readings Region: Central Asia Topic: Conflicts
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
In the history of wars – whether large or small – there is a stylistic and methodological tendency to overstate some of their episodes, most of the times subjectively chosen. Remembered as such either after the names of enemy commanders or the locations where confrontations took place, many of these martial actions were ennobled with epithets such as “historical” or “memorable”. Those labelled as “historical” especially, being scarcer, remained in the collective and historical memory as defining landmarks of the entire war.
Starting late 2019, we have been witnessing a new “historical episode” in Syria, where everybody is involved whether they want it or not, and if they want it they do it away from the spotlight and the public eye – whether Syrian, Arab, regional or international. And this episode is called Idlib, where for a few weeks now there has been a real war, which has already produced around one million refugees.
08/03/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Conflicts
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