Gagauzia – The “small rock” that blocks the European development of Moldova

Gagauzia – The “small rock” that blocks the European development of Moldova

Before we discuss about the referendum that took place in Gagauzia on the 2nd of February 2014, we need a better understanding of the global context in which this event took place. If The Republic of Moldova hadn’t taken the road toward The European Union, we wouldn’t have talked about this event, simply because it […]

France, geography and geopolitics

France, geography and geopolitics

Geographically France is a blessed country, factor which partially explains its crucial role in Europe’s history since the founding of the Frankish Kingdom in the Early Middle Ages. It has few to no geographic barriers, characteristic which – with perhaps the exception of Brittany in the north-west – facilitated social cohesion and the realization of […]

Why are future negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear military program compromised?

For two simple reasons: 1. Iran has already agreed in November 2013 with a series of provisions that basically prevents the creation of a nuclear device, so any further concessions in this regard must be made in exchange for concessions on key issues for Tehran. 2 .Leaving aside the Iranian, Israeli or American rhetoric, Tehran […]

An optimal economic development vision for Romania must have people at its core

An optimal economic development vision for Romania must have people at its core

Recently, the World Bank has carried out a series of studies focusing on Romania’s sustainable and inclusive regional development. These analyses were completed within the framework of a technical assistance project for the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration. One of these studies focuses on the drivers of economic growth and, specifically, on what […]

Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan – a brief geopolitical analysis

Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan – a brief geopolitical analysis

The Caucasus, a relatively small region, but one which throughout history was one of the most disputed. Its strategic geographical position and mountainous configuration have prevented the formation of sustainable and durable entities and facilitated invasions from all geographical directions. Whether they were the Assyrians, the Romans, Byzantines, Persians, the Greeks, Ottomans or the Russians, […]

Power Struggles inside the EU: Expenditure Policy

Power Struggles inside the EU: Expenditure Policy

For the common people of Europe, the EU budget appears to be full of negative connotations. It is a threatening concept because it indirectly implies a possible loss of sovereignty, fiscal independence and eventually identity of the Member States. This negative perception is the result of the EU not being in the spotlight of domestic […]

China’s new ADIZ: a stronger shield makes neighbors angry

China’s new ADIZ: a stronger shield makes neighbors angry

The tense relations between China and Japan are well-known nowadays. However, last month animosities increased when China expanded its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), overlapping the ADIZ of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. In addition, the new ADIZ encompasses the long disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku islands in the East China Sea and as if all this was […]

An interfaced geopolitical approach to ”The Age of the Arctic”

An interfaced geopolitical approach to ”The Age of the Arctic”

The following paper discuss the importance of the Artic region as an emergent subject in geopolitical matters. One cannot assess the full impact and stakes of these topic, until he dwells with  the understanding of past interactions and present trends. The future projection remains hard to predict even for experts.                 Nationhood, Foreign Policy and […]

Common Security and Defence Policy. Actions and perspectives

Common Security and Defence Policy.  Actions and perspectives

Ever since the creation of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) in 1999, security at the global level was critically challenged and the European security mechanism seemed unable to adapt to this situation. In this context, the improvement of the European security system became a priority for the member states. Short history             As […]