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Epos converses with Fadi Elhusseini

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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What is happening in the Middle East? Why the MENA region is at the forefront of international politics now more than ever? EPOS has interviewed Fadi Elhusseini, Political and Media Counselor, and associate fellow researcher at the Institute for Middle East Studies Canada, asking him to analyse and comment the crisis in the region from a geopolitical point of view. In the following exclusive interview for EPOS, Elhusseini focuses on the focal factors of the Syrian Civil War and the responsabilities of the US in the sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shias; he examines the raising of the Islamic State and points out the Kurdish issue; he outlines the reasons of the Russian intervention in Syria, and he gives EPOS' readers a new perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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by Giuseppe Provenzano

EPOS Insights

On Saturday 19 September, US Secretary of State John Kerry finally announced that Assad could not go immediately, if a negotiation process would require him to stay in the medium term. Most significantly, he spelled out what was unutterable even a couple of weeks ago in the foreign policy corridors: "let's do it with Iran and Russia". Are times finally becoming ripe for dumping the whole architecture of current US and EU policies towards Syria and resetting our stances? In this exclusive article for EPOS, Giuseppe Provenzano, an MA student at the School of Government at LUISS University and expert in MENA affairs and "Shia Crescent" issues, focuses on the question giving our readers an interesting point of view



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by Gregorio Baggiani

EPOS Insights

Gazprom-European Commission relations have been in a state of ferment in recent months because of the investigation into Gazprom that began on 4 September 2012, with charges against it of abusing a dominant market position. This took place after the introduction of the so-called "Third Energy Package" by the European Commission. The package calls for an 'unbundling' between gas distributors and gas producers to allow access to energy transportation to other companies, the so-called 'third parties', and avoid problems regarding monopolies or abuse of dominant market positions and price-fixing collusions. In this exclusive article for EPOS Gregorio Baggiani investigates and focuses on the issue, depicting the scenario and analysing all the positions in the field



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by Gregorio Baggiani

EPOS Insights

Since the outbreak of the severe crisis in Ukraine at the end of 2013, Romania and Bulgaria have played a role of great importance as far as the control of the Western Black Sea in NATO is concerned. Romania is afraid of the destabilization of Moldova, due to the possible incorporation of Transnistria, Moldova's separatist republic with a majority of Russian or Slavic population into the Russian sphere of influence. In the following article, Gregorio Baggiani analyses all the political involvements and interests of the South-East European countries in the Ukrainian crisis, focusing on the relations among Russia, Europe and NATO, and highlighting the qualitative difference of the strategies compared to the past, until the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis



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by Gregorio Baggiani

EPOS Insights

Russia-Afghanistan relations date back to the 19th century. The Soviet-Afghan War of 1979-1989 still insistently projects its shadow between Russia and Afghanistan, making it quite difficult for the two countries to establish new relations. In the following article, Gregorio Baggiani analyses the current relations between the two countries, focusing on the interests of Moscow in Afghanistan and the attitude of Afghanistan towards the big Euro-asian country. The author points out and discuss clearly Russia's role in the great game in Central Asia



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The Strategic Meaning of Russia-Iran Relations

Saturday, 04 October 2014 08:14
by Gregorio Baggiani

EPOS Insights

Relations between Russia and Iran date back at least to the 18th century, and since then the southern Caucasus has represented a common area of interest between the two countries. To this days, good relations with Iran mean for Russia playing a central role in maintaining the balance in the region. In the following article, Gregorio Baggiani analyses all the relations between Russia and the Islamic Republic, focusing on the issue of Iranian nuclear capacity, and the issue of the legal status of the Caspian Sea and the Russia-Iran Alliance. The author discusses Russia-Iran relations and the international context in the light of the Ukrainian crisis, tracing all the elements of convergence and divergence in the relations between the two countries

 

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by Marya Rozanova

EPOS Notepad

Marya Rozanova is an expert in migration and integration policies. Since 2007 she heads St. Petersburg non-governmental organization STRATEGIA- Center for Civil, Social, Scientific and Cultural Initiatives. She took part as panelist in the discussion panel entitled "Immigration Policy of the EU– Experiences from Eastern and Southern Boarders" organized by EPOS at the XXIV World Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland. The following article is an abstract of her presentation, that was devoted to the EU immigration policy, focusing in particular on integration policies and practicies

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Migration: what challenges for Ukraine?

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 13:50

by Bohdan Ferens

EPOS Notepad

Bohdan Ferens is Board member of the Institute for Democracy and Social Progress in Ukraine. He took part as panelist in the discussion panel entitled "Immigration Policy of the EU– Experiences from Eastern and Southern Boarders" organized by EPOS at the XXIV World Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland. The following article is an abstract of his speech. Bohdan Ferens starts from the most overriding challenges facing Ukraine today and after that he focuses on the migration scenarios due to the current developments

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