Belgrade, 1944: The Battle for the City

By Carl Savich The battle for Belgrade lasted for six days from October 14-20, 1944. The seizure of Belgrade was the climax of a major Soviet offensive. What made the offensive possible was the total collapse and implosion of Romania…

Balkan gas hub struggle

By Ioannnis Michaletos/Over the past 15 years or so, Balkan -Southeastern European- states compete or collaborate towards the establishment of a peripheral gas hub system in the region that will enchase EU’s energy security architecture.     Terms such as…

Erdogan & the International Criminal Court

By Ioannis Michaletos The International Criminal Court (ICC), is an international tribunal with jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Specifically it deals with: – Genocide: Article 6 defines the crime…

Balkan energy security culminations

By Ioannis Michaletos Trends and threats ahead   Caucasus warnings The recent mini-war between Armenia and Azerbaijan brought into attention a frozen conflict which could potentially develop into a proxy war between Russia-Turkey, involving also Iran and Israel indirectly. In such…

The Watch on the Drina: The NDH in 1942

By Carl Savich In 1942, the NDH released the documentary The Watch on the Drina, Wacht an der Drina in German, Straza na Drini in Croatian, and La Guardia Sulla Drina in Italian, a documentary film short directed and written…

Erdogan’s last stand

By Ioannis Michaletos The past 15 years in Turkey and in the wider Middle East, were characterized, amongst other, by the emergence of an Islamist government via democratic-electoral methods, that of Tayip Erdogan and the AKP political party in Turkey.…

Jasenovac in Film and TV: Tower of Death (1988)

By Carl Savich In 1988, a documentary on the Stara Gradiska sub-camp of the Jasenovac concentration camp system was released in Yugoslavia entitled Kula Smrti or Tower of Death by Croatian director Vladimir Tadej. The film was made by Studio…

Turkey: Between a rock and a hard place

By Ioannis Michaletos First and foremost, Turkey is the only Muslim country established with the structure and the principles of a western state by Kemal Ataturk after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. That was a unique condition that assisted…

Jasenovac in Film and TV: A Filmography

  By Carl Savich The Jasenovac concentration camp is one of the most covered-up and neglected facts of World War II and the Holocaust. There is still no mainstream historical account of Jasenovac. There have been documentaries and historical texts…

State of affairs in the Balkans on organized crime issues

By Ioannis Michaletos Southeastern Europe region is characterized by six transit movements East-West that have a profound significance regarding the overall security architecture of the EU and beyond. Movements – Narcotics (opiates) from Asia to Europe – Illegal immigration from…