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Epos converses with Dr. Pierre Berthelot

by Eleonora Lamio (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

EPOS has discussed with Pierre Berthelot, expert in geopolitics and professor of cultures and societies of the Middle East, the challeges that the newly elected President Macron is going to face in the next years. In the following exclusive interview realized by Eleonora Lamio, Dr. Berthelot analyses the issues of terrorism, the economic and strategic relations with the North Africa and the Middle East, the war in Syria, the situation in Libya and the European policy on the Mediterranean. Dr. Pierre Berthelot has a Phd in Arabic and Islamic studies from the University of Bordeaux III (France) and he is specialised in international relations in the Middle East. He is Professor at HORIZONS UNIVERSITY/FACO PARIS and Associate Researcher in Middle East Issues at IPSE

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Russia-US Relations in the Trump Era

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 07:45
by Gregorio Baggiani

EPOS Insights

With the Trump presidency, relations between Russia and the US have become a great unknown for Europe and the world, but a huge opportunity too. Europe and the world await the results of the Trump-Putin meeting that is supposed to take place in the months to come. There are plenty of challenges on the table, and perhaps Trump’s hyper-realist attitude will contribute to making some sort of settlement between the United States and Russia possible, resulting in a substantial improvement in relations between the two countries and of international relations in Europe and in the world as a whole. In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Gregorio Baggiani points out and discusses the actual possibilities of finding a difficult compromise between the parties and the obstacles that could come in the way of a possible agreement. The article focuses on the various regional scenarios that characterize bilateral relations between the US and Russia.



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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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EU enlargement: Moscow-Belgrade relations

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:13

by Franz Gustincich (EPOS)

EPOS Notepad

Michael Davenport, Head of EU delegation in Serbia, talks about the delicate issue of the relations between Moscow and Belgrade in the perspective of Serbia's EU membership

From EPOS correspondent in Belgrade Franz Gustincich

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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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Why Turkey Allowed Peshmarga Passage to Kobane

Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:01
by Idrees Mohammed

EPOS Insights

In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Idrees Mohammed discusses Turkey's attitude towards Kobane, the Syria's Kurdish town attacked by the jihadists of the Islamic State in the last weeks. He analyses the reasons why Turkey, although had refused to act in Kobane directly, has allowed Peshmarga passage to the town. He focuses on all the political relations between Turkish-Kurdish party and Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish parties, and the relations between Turkey and its neighboring countries and between Ankara and the West. Idrees Mohammed is an expert in International Relations and Kurdish affairs. His MA thesis was on Turkey's policy towards Kurdistan Region. He is now focusing on Turkey's policy towards Kurds, including Syria's Kurdish. He teaches International Relations in University of Duhok’s department of Political Science



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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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