The New Year will be an elections season for Albania and its people, meanwhile Mr. Edi Rama and his government confidants have allocated large sums of money in their own pockets and plan to feast a large number of staffers in the Prime Minister’s office that will cost dearly to Albania’s tax payers. In his last year in office, Mr. Rama and his associates are expected to continue with their...

Recently, the Russian Ministry of Defence disclosed logistical data of railway traffic to other countries for the upcoming year. It revealed that the Kremlin is planning to significantly increase the amount of military cargo headed for Belarus. This may be a sign that Moscow is preparing to redeploy a large number of Russian troops to Belarus in 2017. A piece by Belarus Digest predicted that the Kremlin is...

On 6 November 2016 Milivoje Katnich, the Chief Special Prosecutor of Montenegro, gave a statement regarding the failed coup attempt in Podgorica during the Parliamentary elections on 16 October 2016. According to him, several groups of Russian and Russian-backed Serbian nationalists were behind the coup; they were hoping to prevent Montenegro from joining NATO and the EU. The fact that the Kremlin was able...

In December 2016, Macedonia will be holding early elections, while its insecurity is growing every day. Uncertainties for the future of this Balkan country are growing as the elections date is approaching.Dilemmas are very complex; they are political, ethnic and geopolitical.All of the internal actors seem to be very chaotic. Meanwhile international actors, European Union, United States, NATO and Russia...

  From the written media, from audiovisual channels and from social networks, I am reading, observing and hearing heartbreaking news. Behind the curtain of all this information I feel an adagio that is becoming ever more pessimistic …the hunger of young generation to escape from Albanian territories. Why are we failing to satisfy the young generation despite our success with securing freedom...

Energy security is the key question for any state in the modern era, especially those highly industrialized and therefore heavily dependent on cheap, reliable and consistent energy supplies. When a group of such countries form a union situation becomes even more complicated as the presence of too many players with differing interests in terms of energy supply and security makes coming to a common agreement...

The Iran-Armenia-Georgia gas talks have recently gained momentum. Iranian and Georgian companies have signed gas purchase contracts, to supply natural gas to Georgia through Armenia. While the perspective of enhanced Iran-Armenia-Georgia gas cooperation is limited from political and technical viewpoints, Armenia is actively seeking to carve out a new role for itself in order to mitigate the repercussions...

President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan appointed Karen Karapetyan a new Prime Minister of Armenia on September 13, following the resignation of his predecessor Hovik Abrahamian due to his inability to tackle the country’s economic problems. Karen Karapetyan has previously worked as a deputy director (1996-1998) and chief executive (1998-2001) of ‘Armenergo’ energy...

  On 14-20 September 2016, the Belarusian Armed Forces conducted large-scale military drills. Despite the fact that these military exercises were planned, they demonstrate a significant shift in security policy as Minsk increasingly takes into consideration possible risks and challenges from Russia. It seems that the Belarusian Armed Forces are preparing for a possible Donbass-like hybrid...

  The Presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran—Ilham Aliyev, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, respectively—met in Baku, on August 8, and signed a Joint Declaration committing their countries to deepening cooperation on energy. In particular, the three sides pledged to collaborate on exploring oil and natural gas deposits, sharing technology on energy supply and...

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