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08.07.2014

“The new detente between the governments of India and Pakistan has been positive. The attacks by the Pakistani Taliban and the counteroffensive by the Pakistani armed forces may mean a reduction in the gap between Indian and Pakistani threat perceptions with regards to Afghanistan after the US withdrawal. This may make a joint approach feasible”, – former Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Colombo, Amb. Dayan Jayatilleka.

01.07.2014

“Today we are seeing the disintegration of Iraq as a state, and this has a terrible effect on the security climate of the Middle East. We now face the very real prospect that radical Sunni Islamist militias are going to be in control of large swathes of territory in Iraq as well as in Syria – the heart of the Middle East – and territory in proximity to the border with Europe. This is going to pose a security threat not only to countries in the region like Turkey, but potentially to European countries as well”, - Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, Halil Karaveli.

08.04.2014

“The crisis has also demonstrated that legitimacy may slide away during the office period of high officials without waiting for the next elections to depose leaders. The second factor of the crisis – it can be taken for granted that Ukraine will reproduce these phenomena with some regularity”, – Head of the International Security Program of the Geneva Center for Security Policy Pál Dunay.

10.02.2014

“Serious threat to the Middle East in 2014 will be the prospect of establishing an Islamic caliphate in the states of the Levant. If Russia and the U.S. will not be able to develop a common strategy to deal with this threat, the consequences could be frightening for the region and the world. It should be remembered that countering the threat of Sunni Islamism in the Middle East is impossible without Iran's participation”, – Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, Halil Karaveli.

29.01.2014

“The formation of the opposition political parties in South Africa challenging the African National Congress (ANC) became the most important trend of the period. What is more important about these political parties is the fact that they are led by Africans and that some of its members were members of the ANC”, - Head of the Governance and Democracy research programme at the Africa Institute of South Africa Sehlare Makgetlaneng.

24.12.2013

“Turkey is sidelined, but content with the Iranian deal; if Iran would have continued its march toward becoming a nuclear power, that would have meant that Turkey would have been totally eclipsed by Iran, and would have forced it to try to acquire its own nuclear arms capability, and that in turn would have made Turkey a threat to regional security”, – Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, Halil Karaveli.

12.11.2013

“Strategic and tactical interests of the European powers in Mali are some of the key issues that will have decisive impact on the security situation in the country. Mali has enormous natural resources such as gold, uranium and oil prospects. These resources are of vital importance to the operations of the economy and defense of the European powers which are key actors in the internal affairs of Mali and its neighbors”, - Head of the Governance and Democracy research program at the Africa Institute of South Africa, Sehlare Makgetlaneng.

05.11.2013

“The negative trend of the period was associated with worsening of relations between Russia and the European Union due to the summit of the Eastern Partnership. If Moscow considers the agreement on associated membership in the EU, which Kiev intends to sign, an evil and goes the length of drastic exacerbation of relations with the European Union and Ukraine, the situation in the region will deteriorate. If opposite, the security situation would improve”, - Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations, Konstantin von Eggert.

29.10.2013

“It is the third important fact of the last few months that the Syrian civil war has continued unabated. On the one hand, the fighting continues, maybe with an increasing dominance of the government forces of Bashar al Assad. On the other, the Syrian government had to accept the accord achieved in the UN Security Council to give up on its chemical weapons. It is most important of all that after 17 months of constant disagreement in the Security Council, cooperation returned there among the main actors”, - Head of the International Security Program of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Pál Dunay.  

06.08.2013

“The choice made by the Iranian voters was a positive one and taken together with the events in Egypt, it shows that in the ‘ greater Middle east’ there are tendencies at the social level, among the popular masses, that indicate a turn away from dogmatic, authoritarian – populist Islamism. It will be good for Iran in general because the West will find it less easy to tighten the sanctions regime after this electoral outcome”, -  former Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Colombo, Dayan Jayatilleka.

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