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The assassination of General Qassem Soleimani and Iran’s retaliatory strike against US bases in Iraq brought the situation in the region to a head with President Donald Trump initially urging NATO to participate more actively in Mideast affairs and later proposing to expand NATO's membership to include Middle Eastern nations, albeit without specifying any concrete candidates.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 15-01-2020, 13:05
  • Views: 188
In the fall of 2019, Democratic Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, went on record saying that competition for resources was turning ecology into a national security issue. A growing number of politicians and experts share her opinion. While most countries worldwide take a “mixed” picture of the consequences, upsides and downsides of global warming amid an ever-growing rivalry between states, the environmental idea is becoming a convenient and attractive tool to discredit opponents.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 9-01-2020, 12:12
  • Views: 224
The format of the next-generation cellular networks, which is commonly known as 5G, is considered by a vast majority of experts as one of the “key technologies in the decades to come." It is seen as a major element in ensuring the leading positions of a country at a new stage of the race for the most favorable national development status. What are the political features of this phase of technology rivalry?
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 25-12-2019, 11:15
  • Views: 282
NATO, the world's most important military alliance, is in its biggest identity crisis. Who would have thought that? NATO's task was to consolidate the West. But without a realistic enemy image, NATO cannot be upgraded for the future. At NATO's jubilee summit in London, a fierce battle for direction could ignite. The common fight against Islamic extremism was supposed to reunite NATO after the Cold War.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 19-12-2019, 10:49
  • Views: 247
With the export leg of the Turkish Stream (TurkStream) gas pipeline, designed to bring Russian natural gas along the Balkan route further to Europe, slated to go fully on-stream in late 2020 - early 2021, all transit countries need to timely fulfill their obligations to get their national gas transportation infrastructure prepared for this. Thus far, Serbia has moved closest to achieving this target, while Bulgaria’s position on this issue is causing a growing sense of bewilderment in Russia, which might be forced to change the pipeline’s route and replace its Bulgarian section with a Romanian one as a transit option.​
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 13-12-2019, 12:59
  • Views: 506
Would You tell us about Your institute in more detail? Some sources call it the most influential (or the most seen) institute of the Balkans. (We would like to know what it specializes in; What activities it is involved in; What does the Institute's special consultative status signifies; What projects associated with that consultative status of IFIMES at ECOSOS/UN are already under way and which are the forthcoming.)
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 12-12-2019, 11:49
  • Views: 712
At the end of September, the EU and Japan signed an agreement designed to add a new dimension to these two global economic powerhouses’ joint effort in the field of transport, energy and digital technology. This expansion of ties between the Old World and Japan is seen by Western media as a counterweight to, and even a pushback against China’s One Belt, One Road mega-project. What are the prospects of various projects dealing with the ongoing competition between transport corridors in Eurasia?
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 30-11-2019, 10:36
  • Views: 357
​The participants in the forthcoming summit of the Normandy Four, which  includes Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France, have approved the text of a final resolution in the run-up to the event, which is scheduled for December 9th. Reports to this effect have become an official confirmation of the meeting and have been made at the officloa and unofficial levels by both Moscow and Kiev.​
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 29-11-2019, 11:43
  • Views: 290
The European Union is set to radically re-consider its enlargement strategy. This could somewhat soften the criticism coming from the eurosceptics who are dissatisfied with the backlog of political and economic “gaps” within the EU. On the other hand, the Balkan states, which have become disillusioned over the prospective outcomes of their entry into the EU, could, in turn, re-direct their own policies towards strengthening cooperation with other globalplayers, including Russia.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 22-11-2019, 13:03
  • Views: 295
Presidents of the United States and Turkey Donald Trump and Recep Erdogan met for bilateral talks in Washington on November 13th . In the course of what Donald Trump described as “lengthy and productive” negotiations and during a series of one-on-one and enlarged meetings, the Turkish leader announced his country’s  determination to start a new chapter in relations with the United States, which has long been Turkey’s close partner, he said. In turn, President Trump made it clear that he is a genuine supporter of the Turkish leader, who does so many good things for his country and for his people.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 21-11-2019, 17:13
  • Views: 220