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Novembra pričakujemo drugo srečanje Unije za Sredozemlje (UZS). Špansko predsedstvo ga je v maju prestavilo s šibko razlago, zakaj in kar naj bi bilo eden izmed političnih uspehov španskega predsedovanja, počasi postaja povsem drugačno vprašane. To je, ali naj se evropsko sredozemski odnosi povsem spremenijo tako, da bo bližnjevzhodni mirovni proces imel prednost pred kulturnim… » read more

This year’s Halki International Seminars focused on the role of the transatlantic institutions in helping local stakeholders address security challenges in the Middle East, the Black Sea and Southeastern Europe. In the interview that follows, Prof. H. Barkey discusses his views on US foreign policy under President Obama. ShareThis

Meeting with Wen Jiabao

During the “Forum on China-EU Partnership” in Beijing on 20 November 2009, sponsored by the Chinese government (see post of 27 November), the European scholars, led by former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, met Premier Wen Jiabao for an hour-long discussion. It was significant that the premier devoted this amount of time to us, and… » read more

‘Shadow’ Foreign Minister William Hague’s speech yesterday to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, seems not to have been influenced by the débacle marking the first stage of the new Conservative policy towards Europe. The Conservatives gave up their alliance with the European Parliament election winner, the European People’s Party (EPP), in which… » read more

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is known for his spontaneous and unpredictable character. In several occasions, he has behaved in ways which have surprised even his closest advisors. The recent “Davos crisis” with Israel is the prime example of this. On 23 May, Erdogan relapsed. He succeeded in stirring domestic and international attention with… » read more

When it comes to a new enlargement round in eastern Europe, the EU can’t go forward and can’t go back writes Krzysztof Bobinski. (SPRING 2008) In Ukraine, the EU’s failure to encourage the government in its European aspirations risks creating a growing disillusionment with the West. That would strengthen Russia’s position in Ukraine, where Moscow… » read more

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