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Vladimir SOCOR
A ticking clock and a shutting trap seem appropriate metaphors for the predicament of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his team hoping against hope for “peace” with Russia.
18/01/2020 Free Readings Region: Black Sea Topic: Geopolitics
Vladimir SOCOR
In his annual press conference, summing up the year just past (Kremlin.ru, December 19, 2019), Russian President Vladimir Putin questioned Ukraine’s title to the territory that Russian nationalists reference as Novorossiya; and he cast an irredentist glance at central Ukraine as well. Putin himself had launched a short-lived Novorossiya project in 2014, aiming at that time to create a Russian protectorate out of eight Ukrainian provinces, six of them along the Black Sea coast.
17/01/2020 Free Readings Region: Black Sea Topic: Geopolitics
Vladimir-Adrian COSTEA
In this article we aim to explain the main concepts regarding the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union related to the operation of the European arrest warrant (EAW). We referred to the exceptions that place in the background the principles of mutual trust and recognition, which diminish the level of judicial cooperation between nations, in criminal matters. We are mainly interested in identifying the perspectives that redefine the area of freedom, security and justice in the light of Brexit, simultaneously with the redefinition of the internal and external borders of the EU.
16/01/2020 Free Readings Region: European Union Topic: Various
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
At a late hour in the night between the 2nd and the 3rd of January, close to Baghdad International Airport, on the road connecting the airport to the city, and following President Trump’s direct orders, an US drone hit the convoy transporting the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. He had been, ever 1999, the commander of the “Al-Quds Force” - a special unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (“Pasdaran”) responsible for foreign operations.
06/01/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
On the 12th of December 2019, the day when 45 million British were expected at the polls, The Guardian headlined: “polls open in most important general election in a generation”. For its part, the conservative publication The Spectator headlined, on 12th of December 2019: “the most important election in modern history”. According to The Financial Times the voters were facing “an impossible choice” in a crucial election that could carve the future of Great Britain for generations to come. The foreign press had a similar approach.
30/12/2019 Free Readings Region: European Union Topic: Geopolitics
Brigadier General (ret) Mircea MÎNDRESCU
Quo vadis NATO? An equally natural, suitable and, at the same time, difficult question. Natural, because one of the golden rules of managing any organization is the one which imposes the permanent monitoring of its standing, status, and direction of evolution. Suitable, since the organization just celebrated 70 years since the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty, and difficult because we are living interesting times both outside NATO as well as inside the Alliance.
30/12/2019 Free Readings Region: International Organizations Topic: NATO