REVISITING RELATIONS BETWEEN RUSSIA AND CYPRUS IN THE NEW EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT (by Stanislav V. Osadchiy). There is no doubt that tight and friendly economic, political and cultural Russian-Cypriot ties are one of those examples, which can be used for the gradual restoration of relations with the whole European Union. … MORE

NEW EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT REVISITING RELATIONS BETWEEN RUSSIA AND CYPRUS (by Andreas Theophanous). The European Union is facing today profound problems which challenge and even threaten the pillars of its own foundations.  The crisis of the Eurozone has generated very painful and socially unacceptable outcomes. The recipes that are MORE

UKRAINIAN DIVIDE AND ITS IMPACT ON THE RUSSIA-WEST RELATIONS (by Nadia Alexandrova-Arbatova). The Ukraine crisis is the first direct conflict between differing regional strategies of Russia and the EU – Brussels’ Eastern partnership and Moscow’s Eurasia Union concept. Ukraine has been central to both strategies, and the either/or choice presented to Kiev ultimately .… MORE

U.S. NATIONAL ELECTIONS: 2014 (by Monroe Newman). Historically, when U.S. national elections are held during a president’s sixth year in office, his (thus far, always a man) party loses seats in the Congress.  That happened this year to a greater degree than average.  The numerically most significant result is that his party no longer has a majority in either half of the legislature. … MORE

THE ROMA IN THE EU: CONTINUING INEQUALITIES AND EXCLUSION (by Craig Webster). In the summer of 2010, hundreds of people in France and Italy were rounded up and expelled, with most of them returned to Romania.  It seems that the Italian and French governments did not want a certain population in their countries, as the people who were rounded up were Roma. MORE

TURKEY’S VISION OF CYPRUS AS ITS SATRAPY (by Marios L. Evriviades). Turkey’s vision of Cyprus is that of a satrapy; a Turkish satrapy. It does not extend beyond that. If this thesis is understood and accepted then the past and present policies of Ankara vis as vis Cyprus, be those of the Kemalists or, today as it happens those of the Islamists, can be decoded and make “sense”. … MORE

ERDOGAN’S FOLIE DE GRANDEUR (by Robert Ellis). The latest example of Turkish president Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan’s folie de grandeur is the new presidential palace built at a cost of $615 million on Atatürk’s Forestry Farm in Ankara. The farm was originally owned by the founder of the Turkish republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and donated to the Turkish state in 1937. It was declared a protected zone MORE

IS AN ‘ENERGY TETRAHEDRON’ FEASIBLE IN THE SOUTH EAST MEDITERRANEAN? (by Gabriel Haritos). Egypt, under the presidency of Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, is re-experiencing the implementation of the Mubarak doctrine on the country’s regional alliances. Al-Sisi, one of the key figures during the uprising against Mohammad Morsi’s regime in 2012, has been very clear about the … MORE

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