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Eva J. KOULOURIOTIS
While we are just a few hours before the final results of the US presidential election between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Republican nominee Donald Trump, observers can state views on the implications of the election of each of the candidates in the Middle East and which of its countries will be happy and which will be in trouble.
03/11/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
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
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
Eva J. KOULOURIOTIS
Military coups in Turkey are common for the Turkish citizen. But the one on July 16, 2016 was the first time that the Turkish people decided to play a role in determining the fate of this coup.
30/07/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
Cătălin GOMBOȘ
The Arab Spring that broke out ten years ago in Tunisia caused significant changes and keeps on affecting one of the hottest areas of the global political geography – the Middle East. On the other hand, this series of protests and traditional unrest in the region has been overshadowed, at least as far as the West is concerned, as a consequence of the current Coronavirus pandemic.
25/05/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
Munir SALAMEH
Contrary to some optimist commentators, Donald Trump’s administration has not given up, nor does it intend to give up implementing the initiative to solving the Palestinian dossier that the occupant of the presidential seat in the Oval Office himself labelled as “Deal of the Century”.
15/05/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
Since the beginning of this year, and even earlier, the world was taken over - with its values, frustrations, concerns and, most of all, with the frightening count of those defeated - by the poisoning stench of the killer COVID-19. The tale of this ailing world filled numerous bookshelves, and the obsessive leitmotif was whether “the world after” will ever be the same. Epidemics, which humanity had experienced throughout its long journey to civilization and survival have not been forgotten, nor have the nostalgic ludic moments with their beaches, the joy of exotic places and the customary normality threatened with extinction
15/05/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
Dinu COSTESCU
The last year’s Middle East political agenda was mainly dominated by the redundant paradigm called the “Deal of the Century”. A promising title for the latest initiative of president Donald Trump who, setting aside the US plans to building the “new” or “great” Middle East (that the former secretary of state Condoleeza Rice launched in 2000), came up with an objective of his own – equally “modest” and complex and difficult – to find a final and long-lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
06/04/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
H.E. The Ambassador of the Palestina State in Romania, Mr. Fuad KOKALY
In the beginning of the document which includes his peace plan, president Donald Trump states that throughout history there have been conceived several peace plans for the Palestinians and the Israelis, however, none of them took into account the actual situation. He claims his plan is different. Nothing could be further from the truth, though. Completely built from clichés and lies, the so called plan, just like the others before it, ignores the national aspirations and rights of the Palestinians. Even though Donald Trump claims the plan is realistic and achievable, it favours one side only - the Israeli.
19/02/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
After two years of wait, controversies, scenarios and contradicting hypotheses, on the 28th of January 2020 president Donald Trump revealed, at the White House, the contents of the long-awaited US plan regarding the achievement of a peace solution to the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis, which the US president emphatically called “the Deal of the Century”. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, White House officials, including the team (led by the son-in-law and presidential advisor Jared Kushner), who had been working for two years to develop and finish the massive dossier regarding the US peace initiative. Neither having been informed nor consulted when the US initiative was launched and – , developed, the Palestinians were not present when this “peace plan” was made official, a plan they had been contesting and rejecting since its inception.
30/01/2020 Free Readings Region: Middle East Topic: Geopolitics
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