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Harlan K. Ullman about Putin’s not so secret, secret plan: understanding Putin’s motivations is vital. Then, implementing a reverse strategy for neutralizing Putin’s Shia and Sunni construct regarding Riyadh and Tehran is crucial. Second, Putin wants respect and recognition. A final summit to resolve some of these pressing issues with Putin is high risk. But this is a risk worth taking. Sanctions are one lever. Implementing a reverse strategy in the region is another. https://goo.gl/udktcI
Avoiding war with Russia By Harlan K. Ullman Several years before World War I exploded in 1914 while war clouds were enveloping Europe, the outlook on the situation was vastly different in Paris and Berlin. At the Qui D’orsay in Paris, senior diplomats believed conditions in Europe were serious but...
Something remarkable happened on October 1st. The US government has transferred control of the internet's address book to ICANN, the body it had created 20 years ago. Fadi Chehadé, the previous president of ICANN, co-authors this piece for the blog that looks into the challenges and opportunities that this move brings.
Dania Koleilat Khatib warns that Lebanon is one step away from Yemen
This situation now in Lebanon resembles the pre 1975 era, when facing the growing Palestinian prowess, the Lebanese Christians felt threatened. This is exactly the same situation, the Sunnis and their Christian allies seem threatened by Hezbollah, Iran’s agent in Lebanon. This is why the EU and the US should make sure Lebanon is sidelined from Saudi Iranian rivalry. https://goo.gl/Q8UFF7
Lebanon is one step away from Yemen By Dania Koleilat Khatib The last thing he world needs is another pit to breed extremists. Unfortunately, Lebanon is one step away from becoming this pit. Lebanon is one step away from becoming another Yemen. The Saudi Iranian rivalry that has expressed itself in…
Economic nationalism à la roumaine or the inability to engage beyond catchphrases, by Costin Ciobanu
In the next couple of weeks, the Romanian political parties will launch manifestos in view of the December parliamentary elections. It remains to be seen if their discourse will be matched by clearly-formulated proposals about the country's economic model. If the rhetoric will consist of populist slogans and vague concepts such as economic nationalism, an opportunity for exploring options in relation to the economic model will be missed, together with an overdue public dialogue. https://goo.gl/xADR1s
Economic nationalism à la roumaine or the inability to engage beyond catchphrases Costin Ciobanu As it happens, these days I am reading about the varieties of capitalism and the impact that the organisation of finance has on the ability of East Central European countries to converge with their Wes...
Why Putin will fail By Harlan K. Ullman Here is a prediction: Vladimir Putin is on a course to fail as president of the Russian Federation. Do not expect failure this year or even next. However, it is as inevitable as was the overthrow of party leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1964 and the implosion…
October and November mark, beyond lots of flights and political stuff, two mental oasis for me: happy to be a speaker this Saturday, in Sighisoara, @ Romanian MFA's Titulescu diplomatic courses, and on 11/11 in Brasov @ NATO's International Conference "Defense Resources Management in the 21st Century". Looking forward :) #onceadiplomatalwaysadiplomat#nato
We are one day into the 4th #CyberIntelligenceEurope. I sat down with Martyn Hill, Managing Director for Intelligence Sec, to get his thoughts on risks, public-private cooperation, and what his extensive experience on international markets thought him about cybersecurity. https://goo.gl/DapZa9
We are one day into the 4th Cyber Intelligence Europe. I sat down with Martyn Hill, Managing Director for Intelligence Sec, to get his thoughts on risks, public-private cooperation, and what his extensive experience on international markets thought him about cybersecurity. Which are the most conce...
Interview with Eugen Valeriu Popa, by Alina Alexandra Tilincă
Today begins the 4th annual #CyberIntelligenceEurope conference and exhibition, focusing on Cyber Security Threats and Challenges, Combating Cybercrimes, Crisis Response Management and International Cooperation.
We sat down with Eugen Valeriu Popa, Strategikon Vice-President. https://goo.gl/uE593C