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Monday, 22 August 2016 08:22

by Franz Gustincich (EPOS)

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Rush! This is what the Kosovans, both Albanian and Serbian, are asking the European Union. As most of the Balkan countries have already obtained concession from the EU, especially regarding the issue of Visa, Kosova is currently claiming to move freerly in the European Union, deleting the EU Visa Policy as already happened for Serbia. After "Brexit", the strongest supporters of the European Union are in the Balkans, and mainly in Kosovo. But all the problems of democracy, economy, law, justice, human rights, etc. should be solved after the association. In the following exclusive interviews for EPOS, the words of the Kosovan Minister of EU integration, Bekim Çollaku, and of Father Andrej, Vice-Dean of the Orthodox seminary in Prizren

From EPOS correspondent in Kosovo Franz Gustincich

 
Friday, 22 July 2016 17:39
by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

Recently, more than thirty people were killed in Kashmir in exchange of turmoils between Indian security forces and Kashmiri people. Unless it is contained, violence may escalate and plunge the whole region into deadly cycle of attacks with loss of civilian life and consequent economic destruction. India and Pakistan must revive the peace process. The more they procrastinate, the more the stalemate would be hardened. The more they dry the channels of bilateral communication, the more it will be opportune for the spoilers to exploit the volatile situation. EPOS analyst Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra analyses the situation from the ground, discussing the ongoing violence in Kahsmir and the challenges that all the actors are going to face, and he gives EPOS' readers an exclusive point of view on the issue 



 
Monday, 18 July 2016 07:14

Epos converses with PhD Federico Donelli

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

What happened in Turkey last Friday night? What went wrong? Who was behind the coup? What will be the political consequences? In the aftermah of the failed coup attempt, many questions raise and need to be answered, thus EPOS has interviewed PhD Federico Donelli, expert in Turkish affairs with particular focus to Davutoglu’s doctrine and Turkey’s opening to different regions such as Africa and Latin America. He is the author of many articles on ‘new’ Turkey’s pro-active and multi-tracks approach, focusing on the gradual involvement of civil society’ s organizations in the conduct of the foreign policy. In the following exclusive interview for EPOS he discusses the failed coup attempt in Turkey, exploring what he calls the Sultanate Presidentialism of Mr. Erdogan with which the executive power will be strengthened as a response to the military golpe

 
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 07:23
by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

Bangladesh has a long history of fringe extremist groups. Some of those are a legacy of the war in Afghanistan, in which some Bangladeshis fought; others are byproducts of the Wahhabi influence that Bangladeshi workers in the Persian Gulf brought back when they returned home; still others are ISIS-addicted. The Islamic State is recruiting supporters among that part of the population dissatisfied with the government's handling, and perhaps the attackers in Dhaka were some of them. Whatever its exact nature, however, according to the analysts it seems that terrorism is largely the result of the government’s repression against mainstream dissent



 
Thursday, 07 July 2016 12:49
by Valeria Sforzini (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

The second amendment of the U.S Constitution was created in order to allow citizens to protect themselves, their family and their nation but, after the recent slaughter in Orlando, and considering the hundreds of deaths that firearms cause in the USA every year, wouldn't it be safer for America to defend itself from second amendment consequences? In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Valeria Sforzini, EPOS new editor and contributor, discusses the issue of gun control in the United States, exploring the different interpretations and points of view on the second amendement of the federal Constitution in the aftermath of the tragic terrorist attack in Orlando and as one of the most debated topic of the Presidential election campaign



 
Thursday, 09 June 2016 15:28
by Idrees Mohammed

EPOS Insights

In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Idrees Mohammed argues that the struggle for Syria is largely related to the pipeline politics and gas geopolitics. The United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have supported the removal of Assad; however, Russia, Iran, and Iraq have supported Assad to remain in power. Both of those who are for and against the removal of Assad have opposite interests that are related to pipelines and gas market. The former group looks for a friendly post-Assad regime that will facilitate their objective; the latter group is just entirely against this scenario. Idrees Mohammed is an expert in International Relations and Kurdish affairs. His MA thesis was on Turkey's policy towards Kurdistan Region. He is a PhD candidate at University of Erfurt, Germany. He was a former lecturer in International Relations at University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region



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