The Scoop, The Henry Jackson Society, January 15, 2011

To step ahead in world politics, India needs defence modernisation and limitation of its dependence on foreign suppliers. The West can turn this shift into an opportunity...

With the Chinese having unveiled their latest piece of high-tech military hardware – the stealth bomber – last week, the pressure is well and truly on for India to step up to the mark. It is becoming more and more evident to the Indian authorities that if the country does not develop its own military arsenal, limiting its dependence on foreign-made weapons, it will never manage to evolve into a significant pole in the international order. However, its defence production is still in its infancy.

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The Scoop, The Henry Jackson Society, December 21, 2010

Answering to his critics Mr. Alexander ‘Batka’ Lukashenko claims that “he could not imagine what else he could have done to make the elections more democratic”. Try, ‘what he could have done to rig the vote results better’. Indeed, it makes one wonder how a President able to cause such a reaction can win by the outstanding percentage of 80%. The outcome fuelled a massive wave of protests once again, violently cracked down upon by the police forces. Many people were beaten and injured, and the opposition leader was forcibly taken from hospital to jail.

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The Scoop, The Henry Jackson Society, December 16, 2010

Tens of thousands of people participated in Greece’s seventh general strike this year, as the number of protests increase for the government’s tough austerity measures to meet the EU and IMF’s requirements for receiving the €110bn bailout. The country is forced into a programme of cuts so extreme and misdirected that economic growth seems impossible, while high indebtedness will remain.

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The Scoop, The Henry Jackson Society, November 24, 2010

The austerity plan unveiled today by the Irish government does not come without political implications. After an €85 billion loan offered to Ireland by the EU and IMF, for recapitalising the banks and funding public finances, the Irish government is set to publish its four-year plan today targeting most areas of public spending, inevitably including a reduction in social welfare. Bailout and austerity measures do not come without political consequences, and most Irish see governmental policy as a huge blow to their national pride.

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The Scoop, The Henry Jackson Society, November 11, 2010

Turkey appeared ready to host talks between Iran and the G5+1–USA, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany- even though Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears reluctant to discuss Iran’s controversial nuclear programme. Talks have stalled for a year leading to tighter international sanctions over Turkey’s close ally’s refusal to curb its nuclear work and allow UN inspections. Turkey has been questioning the effectiveness of sanctions at a time when its leadership’s shift in the foreign relations eastwards becomes more and more evident.

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The Scoop, The Henry Jackson Society, October 28, 2010

Russia is taking advantage of developments at the top of Ukraine’s political hierarchy, and its desperate need to rejuvenate its economy in the wake of the financial crisis.

Russia’s efforts follow hot on the heels of a deal between the two countries earlier this year just after the pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovich retook office having been ousted in the 2004-05 Orange Revolution. Under this deal, Russia’s lease on its major naval base in Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula – inside Ukraine – has been extended for a further 25 years, giving Russia space to promote its interests and to increase of its power and leverage in the region.

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The Scoop, The Henry Jackson Society, October 3, 2010

As leading powers within Europe, it was about time Britain and France deepened their military ties, but will they manage to deliver tangible results? They should as they do not have another option considering the current circumstances.

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An Opportunity Gap: Youth and Education in the Middle East, Middle East Bulletin: A Greek Review of Middle Eastern Affairs, Τεύχος 12, Ιουλίου 2008, σελ.21

While it is commonplace to link the rising unemployment in the Middle East with the lack of education, the latter is a rather vague term. This theoretical suggestion seems narrow in scope in the case of the Middle East, since there is a number of other factors contributing to the phenomenon.

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60 years of Israel, Middle East Bulletin: A Greek Review of Middle Eastern Affairs, Τεύχος 11, Μαΐου 2008, σελ.12

The acceleration of the Israeli economic development is a remarkable achievement given the fact that Israel is a relatively small country with limited natural resources, hostile relations with some of its neighbours and an unresolved ethnic dispute that it has to handle. While carrying a big debt to its partner countries, Israel is a developed economy with one of the highest growth rates globally.

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Kids, Jihad & the Ballot Box: Women in the Middle East, Middle East Bulletin: A Greek Review of Middle Eastern Affairs, Τεύχος 10, Μαρτίου 2008, σελ.18

"To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.", quoting Golda Meir, the first and only female Prime Minister of Israel. After her remarkable career, many women tried to pursue an active role in public life, especially in representative positions and peace movements in Israel. But, while some women have been involved in political life since the founding of the first Jewish political institutions at the turn of the century, to date women in Israel are underrepresented in all areas of public life.

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The Muslim Brotherhood 80 years, 1928-2008, Middle East Bulletin: A Greek Review of Middle Eastern Affairs, Τεύχος 09, Ιανουαρίου 2008, σελ.19

Europe has served the Muslim Brotherhood for various purposes during the last decades -safe haven for refuge in times of persecution, resource of funding and recruiting and as the first line in its conflict with the ’West’.

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