Every time that Albania is a step closer to the European Union there is a political tension in Tirana. Main political sides splatter their black gloves against each other just like medieval knights who are getting ready for a fight.  The local media is raising hypothetical clouds full of amateur statements on the positions that are "in favor” or "against” integration. ...

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...

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 an attempt to explain the revolutionary and post-revolutionary processes in the Middle East, political analysts tend to lean either on structural, or on agential points of view. Both structuralist and agentialist theories enable to distinguish some revolutionary patterns common for Egypt and Tunisia, and overall in the Arabic world. However, while understanding the different paths these countries have...

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...

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...

  A recent series of terrorist attacks in Kazakhstan shattered the entire region and led to speculations about the strengthening of radical elements in Central Asia. Mr. Aidar Amrebayev, a political expert from Kazakhstan, shares his opinion about what could await his country in the aftermath of terrorist attacks, in the light of fluctuating oil prices and Eurasian integration.   Interviewer:...

For the first time after a twenty-five years long transition period in Albanian National Assembly, contiguous to a highly successful consensus performance on the approval of new justice reform legislation there is also a unique contribution towards Albanian diplomacy. Encountered with feeble executive branch diplomacy, without a clear vision and a total absence of dynamic international engagements,...

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been locked in a civil war with the state for more than half a century, but in the past four years the rebels have engaged in talks with government negotiators. Recently, the two sides signed an historic ceasefire agreement in Havana, paving the way for a formal peace treaty. Mr. Adriaan Alsema, the editor-in-chief of Medellin-based Colombia Reports...

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