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On March 1, with all due pomp and circumstance, Poland marked the National Remembrance Day of Cursed Soldiers (Żołnierze wyklęci) with the president, prime-minister and other top officials attending a ceremony commemorating members of the anti-Communist underground that existed between 1946 and 1953. Introduced in 2011, the Remembrance Day exacerbates tensions already existing between Poland and its neighbors and stemming from the controversial image of the "cursed soldiers" painted by official propaganda.
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic recently stated that the demarcation with Kosovo was an official proposal by Serbia to resolve the Kosovo issue in a dialogue with the Albanian side, but that it was not yet determined where the line of demarcation would be. The Albanian side has not yet responded, since there is currently no dialogue. Serbian Foreign Minister also said that the United States are deeply concerned to find a compromise and a lasting solution in Kosovo.
The 55th Munich Conference on security issues featured no separate panel on Ukraine. The statement by NATO’s former Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen that “from the strategic point of view, Ukraine plays a very big role” was an attempt to make the pot sweeter. What did they say about security at the Munich Conference? In 2018, this issue, which was key for Ukraine’s leadership, was supported by the report of the former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussentitled "Will the UN be able to unite Ukraine?" which was prepared by the American Hudson Institute in tandem with the Rasmussen Global Foundation.
The 2019 Security Conference in Munich attracted so much attention not only due to the top-notch lineup of participants, but also to the keynote report released by the organizers as a curtain-raiser for the high-profile gathering. Titled “The Great Puzzle: Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?" the Munich Security Report (MSR) was pitched as a recipe for preserving and strengthening the “liberal world order,” which, according to the authors, is becoming increasingly fragmented and chaotic.
The Italian Cabinet of Ministers came under severe criticism and rough pressure at the recent meeting of the European Parliament (EP) on February 12, 2019. The European parliamentarians who spoke at the meeting described Rome’s policy as “idiotic” saying that it has been following orders from the Kremlin. In addition, they dubbed Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti the “wooden doll” (il burratino in Italian) of non-systemic party leaders Matteo Salvini and Luigi di Mayo.
ALBANIA is quite a small country with a population of about 2.5 million. While being a member of NATO with a key position on the map of the Balkans, it seeks to become a regional transit center and an energy hub for the region as it takes part in the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline running through its territory. Albania today acts as a Western outpost, positioning itself as the leading pro-American and pro-European state in the Balkans, the core and curator of the so-called "Albanian political factor" in neighboring countries.

It is an honor to present to our readers our esteemed alumni colleague and friend Professor Anis Bajrektarević and his newly released book From WWI to www. 1919-2019 – Less Explored aspects of Geopolitics, Technology, Energy and Geoeconomics. This is his 7th authored book (4th for the US publishers and the second for the New York-based Addleton Academic Publishers). He is both teaching and research professor on subjects such as the Geopolitics, International and EU Law, Sustainable Development (institutions and instruments), and Political systems.
On January 29, 1942, an estimated 2,000 Italians resident in Kerch were ordered out of their homes and sent out to Kazakhstan in what essentially was an ethnic deportation authorized by Josef Stalin in retribution for the Italian military joining the German invasion of the Soviet Union. Kerch was occupied by Nazi Germany on November 16, 1941 and liberated by the Red Army on December 30.
According to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, the EU’s updated Blocking Statute mechanism of maintaining financial, economic and trade relations with Iran, aimed at mitigating the impact of Washington’s sanctions on EU companies doing business with Tehran, will take effect within the next few days.
The coming into use of the term “Indo-Pacific Region” suggests the growing economic and strategic role of India on the changing geopolitical landscape. Such a concept places India at the center of this landscape, while India’s peripheral presence in the Asia-Pacific region is now a thing of the past.