Veniamin Popov

A Turning Point in Our History

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At this time when the fight against the coronavirus epidemic is just beginning to be ramped up all over the world, it is probably too early to come to any definitive conclusions. However, one thing we are able to say right now is that this crisis is fundamentally changing the very face of our planet. To state the obvious, once we have gotten through this epidemic (and we will get through it!), the balance of…

Who is Behind the Push to Create a New Hotbed of Tensions?

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On 6 February, the article entitled “The Black Sea should be a US and NATO priority” by Luke Coffey, the Director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation was published on the website of a U.S. think tank, the Middle East Institute. The author thinks that “the Black Sea is an important region for…

The Modern World is Becoming More Fragile

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In mid-January, the Global Risks Report 2020 was published. The report which was drafted by over 750 international experts and decision makers predicts that the world can expect to see political polarization and a slowdown in economic growth in 2020. The report was developed with the support of researchers from the Oxford Martin School…

2019 Year End Summary

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There was a number of geopolitical milestones that defined 2019, as most regions of the world underwent a period of political uncertainty and instability in the last 12 months. To some extent, the turbulent events that became the trademark of the last year were nothing but a continuation of the processes that began at the beginning of 2011 known to political…

On the Situation in Tunisia

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A new Tunisian government had essentially been formed by mid-November 2019, and Tunisians have high hopes for it. In October, former professor of law Kais Saied won the presidential election with a landslide victory. The incumbent President was born in 1958 and served as Secretary-General of the Tunisian Association of Constitutional Law. President…

Palestine: the Middle Eastern Equation with Many Unknowns

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In the middle of February 2019, one of the main Israeli newspapers Haaretz published an article, which reported that, according to official Israeli statistics, 6.7 million Jews and 6.7 million Arabs lived in Israeli territories (including the occupied Palestinians lands) at the beginning of 2019. In the eyes of the opposition forces in Israel, these numbers yet again highlight the intensity of the Arab-Israeli…

The Deepening Crisis of the West

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Almost every day, now, we are seeing new evidence of the increasingly serious problems and challenges faced by the West, and the very concept of “the West” as a united entity is increasingly open to discussion. The disputes between the USA and Europe have gone beyond trade wars, and are…

Yesterday’s Hegemony Keeps Washington Fairly Confused

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At this point, there’s hardly any doubt left that Western elites are reluctant to admit that they’ve faced a major crisis. Over a short period of time, the people of this world were presented with a number of challenges no one is really willing to face. Those are military clashes…

15th Anniversary of American Invasion of Iraq – A Lesson Unlearnt

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Some 15 years ago the American-British campaign aimed at discrediting Iraq reached its apogee. Washington used every trick in the book to persuade the world that the then ruler of Iraq Saddam Hussein was in possession of weapons of mass destruction, while possessing a desire to unleash it deadly…

The War in Syria is now 7 years old

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In March this year it will be seven years since the Syrian Arab Republic was flung into a difficult, intense and drawn-out crisis. The waves of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ or ‘Arab Revolution’ that plunged Tunisia, Egypt and Libya into chaos and shook up other countries in the region reached Syria and disrupted normal life in what had once been, by Middle East…

The Face of the Enemy – Yesterday and Today

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Over the last few centuries, roughly after the Peace of Westphalia when the borders of states were determined after unceasing and bloody wars, Russia with her vast territory, seas, rivers, forests, natural riches, brilliant composers, writers and, most importantly, her people…

Is There a Way to Put an End to the Spread of Terrorism

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When reports about the terrorist attack in Manchester, that claimed the lives of 22 people and left some 100 more wounded, came flooding in, people in different parts of the world started crying: “How could this happen, yet…


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