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Since the crisis this week-end, the split of Belgium received further credits and some in Wallonia are effectively elaborating on their future without Flanders. The wheel of fortune turns. Now, Flanders appears to be afraid… Read background on Belgian politics for dummies… and EU-afficionados According to a recent survey by Dedicated Research, Flanders is afraid… » read more

In interpreting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s long speech of 22 March, the audience – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – has to be taken into account. Her support for Israel was effusive: • The relationship between the US and Israel has never been more important. • The US has long recognized… » read more

Nation-building fiasco

The 2003 military action against Saddam Hussein’s regime was supposed to lessen the danger, for the West and especially for Israel, of state-sponsored terrorism. If the military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan were successful however, what followed could rightfully be called a fiasco. As of this month, for example, oil-rich Iraq has become a parliamentary… » read more

This story about Catherine Ashton’s proposals for the new European External Action Service was published by EurActiv on 22nd March 2010. The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, will unveil her long-awaited proposal for setting up the European External Action Service during the course of the week. With the… » read more

Latin American countries have made great strides in achieving political stability in recent years. Countries like Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador, to give but a few examples, have solved their differences peacefully, helping each other on the path to economic development. In 2008, twelve Latin American countries have decided to form a defense alliance, Unasur,… » read more

Deadline: 01/03/2010 Open to: students, journalists from Western Balkans Kosovar Center for Security Studies invites journalism students and journalists from Kosovo or other Western Balkans countries covering security sector to participate in Security Sector School, which will take place in Pristina from 29th March to 2 April 2010. More here

Why US missiles in Romania?

President Traian Basescu announced on 4 February that Romania’s Supreme Defence Council had accepted an invitation from US President Obama to host an anti-missile shield. I am not an arms expert, but I expect Russia to react strongly. It appears as if the US insists deploying missiles as close to Russia as possible. As a… » read more

France and Germany sought the lifting of the EU arms embargo in 2004 but Washington insisted on the embargo being maintained. The embargo was lifted against Uzbekistan last October, despite continuing concerns about human rights in the central Asian nation. This leaves China in the company of a handful of countries, including Congo, North Korea,… » 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, Mr. C. Candar discusses his views on Turkish foreign policy. ShareThis

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

Europeans interested in civilian control of the military and in democratic oversight of the EU’s foreign affairs (to include defence) would do well to consider the opinion of Jan Dirk Blaauw, former Netherlands MP and former President of the WEU Assembly. The Assembly of the WEU (an institution that many casual observers had thought […]

“Somebody in our government said to me in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, Iraq was yesterday’s war. Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act pre-emptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war.” (Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.) On December 25 US authorities arrested a Nigerian named Abdulmutallab aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from to on charges of… » read more

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