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There are rising problems in the Western Balkans. Serbia’s role in fostering region stability is growing as tensions increase in the traditionally problematic Balkan triangle of Croatia-Serbia-Bosnia. Serbia’s balancing act between Washington and the European Union on one side and Russia on the other has gained visibility since late 2014. Russia lost ground when the… » read more

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This is an excerpt of an essay on the topic, published here. Digital power embraces and enhances the three dimensions that traditionally define national power — political, economic, and military. In order to establish how nation-states build digital power, it is essential to understand the developing factors for the digital environment and the way states… » read more

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The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU, the first extensive trade and investment deal that the EU has negotiated with a third party may not become reality. On July 5, the EU Commission has given in to calls coming from Germany and France to have the national parliaments ratify the… » read more

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During a week of Brexit, two other items caught my attention: German (foreign) politics and the announcement of the establishment of the European Border and Coast Guard. The media buzzed on June 20 and June 21 announcing the visit of the German Minister of Economy Gabriel to Russia. First, it is still not clear whether… » read more

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Kublai Khan: “But which is the stone that supports the bridge?” Marco Polo: “The bridge is not supported by one stone or another, but by the line of the arch that they form.” Kublai Khan: “Why do you speak to me of the stones? It is only the arch that matters to me.” Marco Polo:… » read more

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Leaders across the continent have made it one of their priorities to move towards greater energy independence for the European Union. But who is the driving force here: The EU or its individual member states? Two interconnected factors which are essential to the issue may help us explore this question: Energy infrastructure and Geopolitics. Infrastructure… » read more

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed on Feb. 4 in Auckland. The TPP member states account for around 40% of the global economy and each have now two years to ratify or reject the agreement. This was to be expected and it is therefore not a geopolitical event. However, it is anticipated that media – and… » read more

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During a training course on geopolitics, just a few days after the Paris terrorist attacks, I was asked whether there are “geopolitical advantages and disadvantages” for countries and, if so, which are the disadvantages for Romania, considering the current challenges Europe is facing. My reply was that there are no advantages and disadvantages – there… » read more

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News coming from the Western Balkans states resembles much with news coming from Moldova, with protests against the government being the current norm. Popular unrest relates first of all to the socio-economic reality in these countries, but it also refers to the East-West balance of power. The so called ‘normalization process’ between Kosovo and Serbia,… » read more

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The new Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has referred to China in one of his first interviews tackling foreign affairs, saying that while Australia enjoys “very good relations” with China, some of Beijing’s attitudes are “counter-productive” and has advised it to ease off artificial island construction in the South China Sea. In his words, China… » read more

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