The World After a Week December 8, 2019


Diplomacy and Russia: – Bulgarian diplomat expelled from Russia in tit-for-tat move after Sofia asked the Kremlin to recall a diplomat under suspicion of espionage. Bulgaria also declined granting visa to a Russian defense attache (basically an ambassador). Given the strong cultural ties and energy relations between the two countries, this response of Bulgaria causes … Continue reading The World After a Week December 8, 2019

The World After a Week November 17, 2019


Evo Morales, the Bolivian leader, lost power and sought asylum in Mexico. An interim government is currently in charge. The Brazilian embassy in Venezuela is occupied by Guaido supporters. Chilean protests are paving the way for a referendum in 2020 on whether the citizens of Chile want a new constitution. Spanish elections: Left still governs, … Continue reading The World After a Week November 17, 2019

The World After a Week November 10, 2019


Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries including China sign a trade pact without India. It is called Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). It is promised to be a big one. India is now more likely to agree on a trade agreement with Europe in order to avoid the outcome of being isolated. Speaking of India, its police has … Continue reading The World After a Week November 10, 2019

Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall: 30th Anniversary


By George Monopatis and Alexandros Sainidis Following the defeat of the Third Reich, Germany was virtually cut in half. The Red army had occupied East Germany in the same fashion the Russian empire did during its war with Frederick the Great. What is remarkable, however, what happened to Berlin itself, the capital city of Germany. … Continue reading Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall: 30th Anniversary

China: The Challenger


By George Monopatis It is common knowledge in international fora that China is the number 2 power in the international system. However, the tricky part consists of identifying the means of achieving the status of a world order challenger. Perhaps the straightforward answer to this question derives from the country’s geography. In a geopolitical sense … Continue reading China: The Challenger