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Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

USA foreign policy in the Western Balkans: why they are taking the lead

Over the past years the Balkans have come back into the radar of the United States, and this renewed interest has been pushed by geopolitical balances. Since the end of the Cold War, passing by military intervention in the 1990s, the United States of America has been engaged in the Western Balkans, with the goal […]

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Russia and Caucasus Observatory

Caucasus Essentials Pt.3 – The Caucasus today: a region still on the cleavage

by Giovanni Zorra* Nowadays the Caucasus is one more time on the cleavage. Not anymore between culture, religions or languages. This time between past and future. Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia have a troubled past which still influences deeply their politics and self-perception of their peoples. Regional and ethnic issues are open wounds which do not stop […]

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Commentaries European integration Foreign Policy geopolitics Governance and Multilateralism

The EU’s new accession strategy: driving the enlargement process forward, for real?

After few months from the European Council’s decision to not open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, the European Commission has come up with a revised enlargement strategy, in order to convince skeptical Member States of the Union to rekindle the enlargement process. Even if the Commission’s purpose to re-establish a credible EU perspective […]

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geopolitics

Western Balkans Accession Assessment

The Western Balkans Labor Market Trends 2019 report, published by the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) and the World Bank Group, described the improving labor market and overall GDP growth of the Western Balkans. Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia reported the strongest job growth in the Western Balkans. Most jobs in this region, […]

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European integration geopolitics

Greece – Republic of North Macedonia: the end of 27-year-long dispute

On January 25, the Greek parliament approved the agreement signed with Macedonia concerning the new name of the latter. This allows Macedonia to be able to request access to NATO and also the EU. An historical dispute The dispute between the Hellenic Republic and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) started in 1991, when the […]

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Commentaries geopolitics

Il futuro incerto dell’INF Treaty: quali implicazioni per la sicurezza dell’Europa centro-orientale?

Una delle pietre miliari che contribuirono al disgelo tra le due superpotenze protagoniste della Guerra fredda rischia di andare in frantumi in seguito alle dichiarazioni del Presidente Trump di voler abbandonare il trattato INF. Si tratta di una presa di posizione che si inserisce nel contesto dei già complicati rapporti tra USA e Russia, ma […]

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geopolitics

La minaccia islamista per i Balcani e per l’Europa

Dopo gli sviluppi dell’ultimo anno sul territorio della Siria e dell’Iraq, dove il Daesh ha perso la maggior parte del terreno controllato alla sua massima espansione, la strategia dello stesso è cambiata radicalmente. Dovendo far fronte anche ad un calo di interesse da parte dei foreign fighters per raggiungere un fronte di guerra prossimo alla […]

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geopolitics

Military expenditure and geostrategic dilemmas in Central-Eastern Europe

A recent publishing made by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) sheds light on the world military expenditure during the past year. The report highlights two opposite trends (Table 1): while there has been a significant increase in military expenditure in Central Europe (which rose by 12% between 2016 and 2017), Eastern Europe experienced […]

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Domestic Policy

The Hybrid Neighbourhood: la complessa Europa centro-orientale.

Con questo primo articolo di presentazione nasce Hybrid Neighbourhood, una piattaforma di informazione e approfondimento che vuole analizzare un’area geografica vicina e al contempo distante, l’Europa centro-orientale. La scelta del nome del blog nasce, appunto, dalla ‘vicinanza’ della zona presa in analisi e dal caratterizzarsi di questa in quanto ‘ibrida’. Infatti, una molteplicità di attori […]