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Cyprus talks: the EU offers all the guarantees Cyprus needs – OPINION

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The seemingly intractable Cyprus problem has been dubbed the ‘graveyard of diplomats’, an unforgiving label alluding to the failed attempts of the international community over the past decades to successfully assemble the puzzle that is, admittedly, the… Nikos Christodoulides, Cyprus government spokesman Euronews And yet, the latest efforts in the… Cyprus talks: the… Read More »

The Arab Spring is far from over

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Like the French Revolution, it could play out over decades and reshape the… KOERT DEBEUF Politico My friend Ahmed Maher was released from prison on January 5. Ahmed was the leader of the April 6 Youth Movement that organized the Egyptian revolution against the then… The Arab Spring… Read More »

Perspective for ‘Turkish Stream’ Project: Possible Scenarios and Challenges

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Following the cancellation of South Stream, Russia announced its plans to reroute the pipeline to Turkey, instead of… Ilgar Gurbanov * Natural Gas World The new pipeline was dubbed “Turkish Stream”, with same capacity of South Stream, but less vulnerable to EU competition… “Turkish Stream” has also experienced… Perspective for ‘Turkish… Read More »

Putin-Trump alliance against ISIS and Al-Qaeda on the way?

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US President Trump’s emphasis on defeating ISIS and Jihadi terrorism finds an echo in the words of Russian President Putin, creating the possibility of an alliance between the two to combat ISIS and… ALEXANDER MERCOURIS The Duran Both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have repeatedly made clear their utter… Putin-Trump alliance… Read More »

Venezuela Is Falling off the Map

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Beset by relentless hyperinflation, collapsing public services and increasingly dictatorial rule, Venezuela is at risk of becoming a failed… Phil Gunson ICG The best hope for change lies with neighbouring countries, which must sustain pressure to find a… Venezuela Is Falling… Read More »

The Cruise Missile Could Be Mattis’s Nuclear Crisis

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The new defense secretary should be skeptical about acquiring nuclear… Tom Z. Collina The National Interest During his January 12 Senate confirmation hearing, new Defense Secretary James Mattis was asked if he would support the Obama administration’s trillion-dollar plan to rebuild the… The Cruise Missile… Read More »

The Geopolitics of 2017 in 4 Maps

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International relations and geopolitics are not synonymous… at least, not the way we understand them at Geopolitical… By George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro Mauldin Economics “International relations” is a descriptive phrase that encompasses all the ways countries behave toward one… “Geopolitics” is the supposition that all… The Geopolitics of… Read More »

Can Iran and India Turn the Page?

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From security to energy, the two rising powers have many interests in… Bharath Gopalaswamy, Amir Handjani The National Interest Iran and India have long had historical, cultural, and commercial… Tracing back a millennium, both countries have framed their shared roots as a… Can Iran and… Read More »

The Real Culprit in Defense Spending: Strategic Hubris

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Fighting waste, fraud and abuse, while popular, distracts from the real debate: U.S. grand… Christopher A. Preble The National Interest There is a wide and growing gap between what officials in Washington demand of the military and the resources made available to execute its… Fixing this… The Real Culprit… Read More »

How Donald Trump Could Save EU Foreign Policy

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Rather than fall into despondency, Europeans should see the presidency of Donald Trump as a salutary… Stefan Lehne,  Heather Grabbe Carnegie Europe Finally there is real urgency for Europe to get its act… The EU should take Donald Trump’s arrival as U.S. president as a major wake-up call to upgrade its foreign and… How Donald Trump… Read More »

Total’s Cyprus Block 11 could rival Egypt’s Zohr discovery, IHS Markit says

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HOUSTON — Driven by the success of Eni’s major Zohr field gas discovery offshore Egypt in 2015, companies are rethinking the Eastern Mediterranean region’s gas potential, according to new analysis from IHS Markit. Total’s announcement that… World Oil “The Zohr gas discovery in… Total’s Cyprus Block… Read More »

An Open Letter to a Minister of the Crown

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OPEN LETTER For the immediate attention of The Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, London By email to: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk 11 January 2017 Dear Sir Alan Re: The Republic of Cyprus, the ‘talks’ in Geneva, the role of Parliament in Westminster & other related matters I have written this open letter in connection with the above matters.  I have done so in my capacity as a citizen of the United Kingdom and as a citizen of the ... Read More »

Turkish foreign minister: Turkey deserves better from the United States

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America’s friends and allies are watching closely to gauge how America will reposition itself globally once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on… By Mevlut Cavusoglu The Washington Post And for good reason. Mevlut Cavusoglu is the Turkish foreign minister. Our collective security is,,, Turkish foreign minister… Read More »

The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region

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An excerpt from Michael Auslin’s new book I am hunched over, almost on my hands and knees, nearly 250 feet below ground. Michael Auslin The National Interest Behind me is close to a mile of tunnel, hewn through solid rock. In front of me is a steel door set into a… The End of… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

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In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

How Exxon, under Rex Tillerson, won Iraqi oil fields and nearly lost Iraq

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When Ashti Hawrami, the oil minister from Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdistan region, unfurled a map of untapped oil fields for a team of ExxonMobil officials in the spring of 2011, they saw possibility and profit. By Missy Ryan and Steven Mufson The Washington Post The minister pointed to the blocks that had already been taken by other foreign firms as… How Exxon, under… Read More »