All posts by Staff Analyst

  • Serbia as the EU’s Western Balkan accession catalyst

    Those hoping for another wave of enlargement like that of 2004 will be sorely disappointed by the EU’s “enhanced” and “credible” enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans. Others are deeply concerned by the delineation of two front-runners,...

    • Posted February 12, 2018
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  • French intelligence collects evidence on Russian “invasion” of Tobruk seaport

    News about an increasing Russian interest in Cyrenaica is growing stronger by the day. According to a Russian expert writing for the prominent Middle East analysis website Al-Monitor, representatives of PM Sarraj referred to satellite data provided...

    • Posted January 22, 2018
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  • Russia’s ‘humanitarian’ intervention in the Balkans

    Russian influence in Serbia has been vehemently debated from a number of angles; financial investments (typically loans not grants), the latter’s failure to join sanctions regimes and joint-military exercises such as those of the ‘Slavic Brotherhood’. Yet...

    • Posted September 13, 2017
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  • Madrassas in the Balkans: “schools of jihad” in the heart of Europe?

    As the latest events in Europe showed, it is more and more likely for a terrorist attack to be carried out by a home-grown jihadist rather than an ‘imported’ one. In most of the cases, the perpetrators...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • Saudi investments in Bosnia: a gate to radicalisation?

    Saudi Arabia has a long history of involvement in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Since the war in the 1990s, Riyadh provided a massive flow of financial help, first straight to the struggling Bosnian government, then to a series of Saudi...

    • Posted April 14, 2017
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  • Is the UK planning a U-turn on Libya?

    Russia might not be alone anymore in throwing its weight behind General Haftar and the authorities of Eastern Libya in their struggle to secure control of the entire country. A paper published in March by the Conservative...

    • Posted April 4, 2017
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  • Syria: the way forward? An interview with Obadah al-Kadri

    Obadah al-Kadri is one of those men struggling for a Syria free from both autocratic rule and Islamist radicalisation. A medical doctor by education, he volunteered at the refugees’ camps on the Turkish-Syrian border before devoting his...

    • Posted March 4, 2017
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  • Efforts by Italy and Russia to stabilise Libya hit by ‘saboteurs’ fake news

    In the last few weeks, Italy has emerged as a pragmatic actor on the Libyan scene, fostering a fresh approach to positively involving Russia to overcome the current political crisis in the Northern Africa country. Moscow is...

    • Posted February 12, 2017
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  • Italy-Russia ‘special relationship’ could play key role in Libya

    With the takeover of Ganfouda – the last neighbourhood in Benghazi still held by the Islamist militias of the local Shura Council of Revolutionaries – Khalifa Haftar strengthened his hand as Cyrenaica’s military leader and Libya’s political...

    • Posted February 2, 2017
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  • Health crisis looming in Benghazi: medical supplies scarce for Haftar’s Libyan National Army

    As internal tensions continue to rise in Libya, the government led by Abdullah al-Thanni and supported by General Haftar’s Libyan National Army in the East of the country is facing a dire health situation. Eastern Libya once-efficient...

    • Posted January 17, 2017
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