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On May 29 2012, the decision of the US, France, Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia and Bulgaria to expel Syrian top diplomats from their capital cities caught Assad by surprise. This move was led by Washington and took place in the aftermath of the Houla massacre. After a few days Assad reciprocated by expelling […]

Posted by Evangelos Venetis

Mainstream International Relations (IR) thinking (see Realism, Liberalism) holds that the national interest drives states to act the way they do on the international stage. This post-hoc rationalising to explain policy outcomes works successfully enough to be employed by the majority of policy-makers, academics, and analysts to inform their audiences. However, what they are often […]

Posted by blogs@ELIAMEP

Leading Greek journalist Pavlos Tsimas (Mega, Ta Nea) narrates in the first person, his experiences and reflections on the global economic crisis drawing from his interview material, images and memories. ‘The diary’ is a story of bubbles, irresponsible deregulation, irresponsible lending and borrowing and unrestrained speculation. It assesses government responsibility, greed and revisits the Keynesian/Monetarist […]

Posted by Pavlos Efthymiou

In contrast to the orientalistic concept, according to which Islam is an unchangeable and non-progressive cultural entity, Islamic societies have shown historically a stable and dynamic evolution in all fields including economy. Recent political events in the Middle East, linked to ongoing economic and social developments, verify this argument. The aforementioned orientalistic approach stems […]

Posted by Evangelos Venetis

The unprecedented ongoing political developments in Lebanon form a new chapter in the domestic political scene. In January 2011 two major developments occurred: the resignation of the eleven Hizbullah cabinet ministers (12/1) and the appointment of the Hizbullah-backed candidate Najib Mikati as the new prime minister by President Michel Sleiman two weeks later (25/1). The […]

Posted by Evangelos Venetis

A mechanism of continuous restructuring and forced savings for the Euro zone Since its conception, the European Union has always been about reconciling seemingly irreconcilable positions among its members. In the current environment of the peripheral euro debt crisis, there is one such deadlock on the question of how dearly should the so-called peripheral euro […]

Posted by Kostis Papadimitriou