Global Perspectives - Antonia Colibasanu

Two events happened today that I believe will define the week at the global level. First, numerous media organizations have rushed to announce that the EU crisis is over following the release of statistics today by Eurostat saying that the EU is no longer in recession. After reading the numbers on growth, it seems that… » read more

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Some days ago a friend who was reading Ryszard Kapuściński’s “Travels with Herodotus” wrote me with an inspiring paragraph from the book: “A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our doorstep once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the… » read more

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Since July 3, we have seen Egypt plunge into a new period of political instability. Michael Nayebi-Oskoui argues in his recent piece that “Egypt’s military faces a difficult long-term scenario: adapt and loosen its hold on power to survive as in Algeria and Turkey, or resist and risk being overthrown as seen in the Baathist… » read more

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Coup in Egypt?

During the few last days, the events in Egypt have dominated the media attention worldwide. Stratfor found that just a few minutes ago Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been reportedly isolated and transferred to a Defense Ministry site, even if this is yet unconfirmed. If the army indeed has taken action, this is a military… » read more

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The protests in Turkey have decreased in size and intensity since the weekend, but because Stratfor considers Turkey a key country, we have published a document – and shared it with readers – outlining the guidance our analysts should follow in tracking the protests. I decided that my blog followers should also get a glimpse… » read more

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During the last few days, I’ve heard many people talking with surprise about the protests in Turkey. I have also been repeatedly told that all analysis and policy briefs indicated that Turkey is the perfect model for any country that chooses the middle road between a Muslim state and a democratic one. I disagree and… » read more

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The economic crisis has been the main topic of discussion for a few years in the European Union. Apart from sovereign debt and the financial aspect, there are three other fundamental dimensions to the crisis that Europeans must resolve: The political and social dimensions, and the question of competitiveness. The Competitiveness Dimension Europe’s struggle to… » read more

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On May 16, George Friedman visited Romania, where he spoke about the country’s geopolitical imperatives at a time of distress for the European Union and NATO. For many reasons, Friedman’s visit was the highlight of my week. Probably the most important message that should earned the attention of the public and leadership is that national… » read more

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Conferences as a general rule are meant as networking events – rarely do you attend one that provides new insights into reality. Over the last three weeks I have traveled and attended conferences in Slovakia, Switzerland and Romania. Considering that the three events I attended focused much on international security and defense policy, I was… » read more

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Discussion in Europe continues to revolve around finding a way to move past the Continent’s socio-economic crisis, focusing much attention on the banking sector while spotlighting a range of interesting aspects — from a potential bailout for Slovenia to an anti-euro party being set up in Germany. Meanwhile, there are also regions outside of Europe… » read more

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