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The OSCE December summit

This fall’s Deauville summit between Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy and Dimitri Medvedev has highlighted the need to include Russia in a pan-European security architecture, distinct from the decaying and confrontational-type North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Fortunately since 1975 European nations, regardless of EU membership, have had one of the most advanced regional co-operative security structures… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Slowly but surely, EU leaders are waking up to the fact that they should take regional security into their own hands and promote a neighbourhood diplomacy which would eventually have to exclude NATO or the United States, but would be inclusive of Russia and Turkey. This is the new geostrategic context in which the Sarkozy-Merkel-Medvedev… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

US: “reset of the reset”

Whilst the German and French leaders have initiated at Deauville the resetting of their countries’ relationship with Russia, the United States is, according to Robert Kagan, in the process of “resetting the reset”. In a Washington Post article on the subject published on October 1st (“America: once engaged, now ready to lead”), Kagan claims that… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The project of the century

In the 19th century, the Suez Canal was the main engineering project meant to facilitate international trade between continents. In the 20th century, the honour went to the US, for building the Panama Canal and thus shortening trade routes by leaps and bounds. In our century, we’re about to witness the launch of the Eurasia… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Over the past few years, China has become a major player in Central Asia’s oil & gas and in Afghanistan’s mining sector. Its investments in the region are an important part of its worldwide FDI strategy. To date, China’s biggest purchases of gas come from Turkmenistan. In 2009 the Chinese president inaugurated a gas pipeline… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Last Saturday and Sunday the citizens of two small European countries, Latvia and Bosnia, went to the polls to elect new parliamentary and presidential leaders, respectively. Both countries are experiencing severe ethnic tensions that could, if unchecked, drag into the fray larger neighbouring federations, such as the EU or Russia. Parliamentary elections in Latvia Latvians… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The diplomatic tensions between Japan and China concerning the fishing boat incident in the East China Sea would have passed unnoticed a short while ago. Not this time. Judging by the latest developments, the US State Department seems determined to prevent the formation of an Asian trade bloc in the region at any cost. Mrs.Clinton’s… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Whilst Vladimir Putin concentrates on the state of the domestic economy, minimising the negative effects of last summer’s devastating fires, president Medvedev has geopolitics and trade high on his agenda. On September 22nd Medevedev put to rest the prospect of a Moscow – Teheran axis by deciding not to sell S-300 missiles, tanks, helicopters and… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Next month, Ukrainians will be called to the polls to select their next president. As the 2004 Orange revolution has backfired against its initiators, the presidential election is a two-horse race between pro-Russian candidate Viktor Yanukovich and the current prime minister, Ms Yulia Tymoshenko. Beset by serious economic woes, Ukraine is also striving to find… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Flawed Missile Shield Arguments

MEP Corina Cretu’s passionate but largely misguided arguments on Blogactiv in favour of the missile shield go to prove my point, namely the fact that it had been designed to contain Russia, not Iran. What is really puzzling about the whole argument is that before being an MEP, Ms Cretu was former president Ion Iliescu’s… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi