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On January 31, the United Kingdom left the European Union, after three years of exhausting negotiations in which the terms of the "divorce" were postponed several times. Now, Britain is setting sail free. A staunch supporter of the exit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson claims that breaking away from the EU will “liberate the country from a terrible" yoke "." Johnson promises the British "a decade of prosperity and opportunity." A major advantage to the breakaway is believed to be the prospect of a new rapprochement between Britain and the United States. How realistic are these expectations?
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 6-02-2020, 15:50
  • Views: 342
While pushing its NATO allies in Europe to increase their spending on joint defense, the United States is simultaneously moving its own troops to Europe. According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, there are a record number of US troops, not seen there since the start of this century, currently stationed on the continent. Moreover, an additional 20,000 GIs are expected to arrive shortly to take part in several exercises.​
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 31-01-2020, 12:35
  • Views: 312
The leaders of Serbia and the Bosnian Republika Srpska have signaled their intention to maintain military neutrality and refrain from joining NATO. A statement to this effect was made amid the aggravation of the political crisis in Montenegro following the coming into force of the law on the freedom of religion, which provides for the possibility of reinstating the state ownership of church facilities which belonged to the state until 1918 (currently de facto administered by the Serbian Orthodox Church).
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 27-01-2020, 17:40
  • Views: 307
On January 14, Russia’s BRICS Sherpa and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov held a news briefing in Moscow on the start of Russia’s presidency in the five-nation association in 2020. During the news conference, Sergey Ryabkov outlined the key priorities of Russia’s BRICS presidency and the roadmap of BRICS events in the coming period.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 24-01-2020, 11:39
  • Views: 209
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: 335
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: 360
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: 429
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: 334
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: 633
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: 839