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Mursi is the first ever democratically elected president in the modern history of Egypt and this is a major development in the efforts of democratic powers of the country to sideline the power of the military in regard to the latter’s firm control of the domestic political scene. After the victory of the Islamic Brotherhood, […]

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In December 2011, the attempt of the French government to pass a bill making it a punishable crime to deny the Armenian genocide, led the Turkish government to recall its Ambassador from Paris, and caused a serious crisis in Turkish – French diplomatic relations. In fact, this is the most recent incident in a very […]

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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

A day after the US troops withdrawal from Iraq, on 18 December 2011, there was a warrant arrest issued by Iraq’s Judicial Council against Iraq’s Sunni Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi, accusing him of orchestrating bomb attacks, allegedly one of them against Iraq’s Prime Minister himself, Nuri al-Maliki. Shortly afterwards Hashemi took refuge to the Iraqi autonomous […]

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The above question has been looming over relations between Iran and the EU since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The EU foreign policy, which has been actually a desideratum, has kept ever since a cautiously neutral stance toward the Islamic Republic. In spite of the appointment of the Baroness Kathrin Ashton as the EU High Representative […]

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You may well know that a major feature of history is that it never stops being repeated. Recent British attempts to impose an EU embargo on Iranian oil imports are reminiscent of the Mossadeq crisis (1951-1953). At the time due to Iran’s unilateral decision to nationalize its oil industry, London imposed an all out embargo […]

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In the suburb of Qulhak in northern Tehran there is a beautiful garden covering almost two big blocks full of poplar trees. It is the garden of the British Embassy in Tehran. The site came under British ownership after WW2 and ever since it has been a place for recreation for the British diplomats serving […]

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