ARAB SPRING – 1989? NOT REALLY. 1848? PERHAPS (by Shlomo Avineri). Revolutions are their very nature unpredictable. Hence it is tempting to compare ongoing revolutionary upheavals to preceding ones so as to get some indication or roadmap of where they may be leading. For years, both supporters and opponents of the Soviet revolution tried to look for parallels to its various stages in … MORE

TURKEY’S CYNICAL POLICY VIS-À-VIS CYPRUS VERSUS CYPRUS’S IGNORANCE AND ILLUSIONS VIS-A-VIS TURKEY (by Yiorgos Lillikas). Turkey’s policy vis-à-vis Cyprus (and the Cyprus Problem in general), is regularly being discussed in the context of the public debate among political parties in Cyprus. Turkish attitude and stance towards the solution of the Cyprus … MORE

CYPRUS ENDGAME (by Robert Ellis). Within the next year the tragic division of Cyprus in 1974 will either be brought to an end or confirmed. That is, if UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon or Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan are to be believed. At a meeting between the two Cypriot leaders, Demetris Christofias and Dervis Eroglu in Geneva on 7 July, Ban Ki-moon gave what was … MORE

THE ARAB SPRING: A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR SECURITY SECTOR REFORM IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA (by Oya Dursun-Ozkanca). Since December 2010, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been hit by waves of civil unrest, demonstrations, and revolutions, which have been harbinger of an era of unprecedented and profound change in the … MORE

THE ARAB UPRISINGS: A SPRING OR A HELL? (by Arda Jebejian). For some, it is “the Arab Spring”. For others, it is “the Arab Hell”. For some, Mouhammad Bouazizi’s self-immolation in Tunisia in January 2011 inspired hopes for democracy, freedom, independence, liberty, openness, and sovereignty not only in Tunisia but also in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Syria and Oman. … MORE

ASPECTS OF TURKEY’S POLICY TOWARDS THE WESTERN BALKANS (by Spyridon Sfetas). “There are three identifiable characteristics of the Balkans. One is that the region is a geopolitical buffer zone, a crossing between Europe and Asia, the Baltic and the Mediterranean. Why is this important? The other characteristic is geo-economic. The Balkans are a region of commerce, since the ancient … MORE

GEOPOLITICAL REALITIES IN THE WESTERN BALKANS (by Predrag Vukovic). The western Balkans has always been a confronted border, an area where Great Powers struggle for influence. The interests of these Great Powers will never diminish but will instead change and adapt to the current international system, their outright objective being that their interests should be … MORE

THE CHALLENGE FOR ACADEMICS: ETHICAL BEHAVIOR AS A LEARNING OUTCOME (by Panayiotis Laghos). cceia professors are presented with the challenge of teaching ethics to their MBA students at a time that businesses around the globe provide abundant examples of poor and ineffective management, the pursuit of self interest by senior management, the maximization of … MORE