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IS BELARUS COMING OUT OF ISOLATION?(5.03.2015)

Is Belarus Coming Out Of Isolation?

On March 3, in Moscow, Russian president Vladimir Putin presented his Belarusian counterpart Aliaksandr Lukashenka with the Order of Aleksandr Nevsky award. Ostensibly it marked his work in international cooperation in the service of the Russian Federation, linked perhaps to his hosting of the Minsk agreements of September 2014 and February 2015.Those agreements brought in the first instance a very short-lived ceasefire in the conflict in Ukraine, and in the second, a shaky peace, which put an end to major fighting after a short 60-hour delay around the town of Debaltseve, in Donetsk region, which was taken over by the rebels.A day earlier, the European Pa...


CAN WE WORK IT OUT: PROSPECTS FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN(20.02.2013)

Can we work it out: Prospects for Regional Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean

The national elections in Israel and the elections on February 17 in the Republic of Cyprus might open a new chapter in cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean. Both countries are at the threshold of a new political period, where such issues as newly discovered substantial petrochemical deposits and their economic potential to turn these energy-poor countries to exporters of natural gas (most likely in liquefied form known LNG) to Europe and other global destinations. This energy riches are raising geopolitical stakes in the region, where another energy-poor regional power, Turkey, is seeking to challenge the legality of exploration and consumption of the gas by Cyprus over ...



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