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by Giovanbattista Varricchio (EPOS)

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NATO is one of the most impressive and successful attempt to create a collective defense organisation and, during its long history, it has shifted its visions, strategies and duties on the basis of the various kind of threats it was facing. A new question is raising nowadays: who is going to pay for NATO? In a summit at Newport, in Wales, NATO members were asked to reach the 2% of their national GDP in defense spending in ten years. Just 5 countries out of 28 are complying with this decision: United States, United Kingdom, Estonia, Poland and Greece. Donald Trump is demanding for more spending from NATO’s allies. What is going to happen if NATO’s burden will not be shared equally among all the members of the North Atlantic Alliance?



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Russia-US Relations in the Trump Era

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 07:45
by Gregorio Baggiani

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With the Trump presidency, relations between Russia and the US have become a great unknown for Europe and the world, but a huge opportunity too. Europe and the world await the results of the Trump-Putin meeting that is supposed to take place in the months to come. There are plenty of challenges on the table, and perhaps Trump’s hyper-realist attitude will contribute to making some sort of settlement between the United States and Russia possible, resulting in a substantial improvement in relations between the two countries and of international relations in Europe and in the world as a whole. In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Gregorio Baggiani points out and discusses the actual possibilities of finding a difficult compromise between the parties and the obstacles that could come in the way of a possible agreement. The article focuses on the various regional scenarios that characterize bilateral relations between the US and Russia.



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by Gregorio Baggiani

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Since the outbreak of the severe crisis in Ukraine at the end of 2013, Romania and Bulgaria have played a role of great importance as far as the control of the Western Black Sea in NATO is concerned. Romania is afraid of the destabilization of Moldova, due to the possible incorporation of Transnistria, Moldova's separatist republic with a majority of Russian or Slavic population into the Russian sphere of influence. In the following article, Gregorio Baggiani analyses all the political involvements and interests of the South-East European countries in the Ukrainian crisis, focusing on the relations among Russia, Europe and NATO, and highlighting the qualitative difference of the strategies compared to the past, until the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis



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by Gregorio Baggiani

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Nowadays Georgia aspires to an integration within the Western framework, and in particular within that of the European political structure (EU) and the international military structure (NATO). But at present Georgia can undoubtedly be defined a European state, and not a Western one, because it lacks a political culture comparable to what has developed in Western Europe over the centuries. What is the current political status quo of Georgia? What are the relationships with Russia, the European Union and the International Community?

 

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by Emanuela Claudia Del Re (EPOS)
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Estonians still fear Moscow’s expansionism. The story of the monument to the Soviet soldier. The boomerang effect of citizenship policies. The issue of the Russian minority and Putin’s family lore

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by Mario Rino Me (EPOS)
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The renowned Mediterranean complexities make difficult any sort of lasting regional interlinks and the development and sustainment of cooperation initiates. Actually, current context where good news are rare, is defined more by prevailing disputes and misunderstandings rather than by some successes in the domain of cooperation, seems to be still liable to some outside events and recriminations.
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by Alessandro Savaris
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The 60th NATO anniversary in Strasbourg, April 2009. Impressive security measures render the central areas of the city surreal, but at the same time riots and protests take place outside the protected zone, as if two events are taking place at the same time in parallel worlds.
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Some human implications of piracy

Sunday, 19 July 2009 13:16
by Mario Rino Me (EPOS)
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The recent safe release of Pompey’s dredge crew members, abducted nearly three months ago in the wave of early spring attacks, reopens the debate over piracy in the Horn of Africa and some (namely human) of its implications.The phenomenon is still kick and alive despite current stillness caused by the seasonal SW monsoon, that should last till September, and patrol efforts trying to sanitize an huge water surface originating from 1600 nautical miles-long coast-line, off the coast from Aden to Kenia into the Indian Ocean.

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