Balkan Islamist galaxy in a nutshell

By Ioannis Michaletos The Balkan political environment is shaped-amongst other- by the existence of two political strains of Islam, the Wahhabis, related to the Saudis & Gulf states and the Muslim Brotherhood ones, related to the Turkish-Qatar axis. In both…

Afghanistan’s black hole

By Ioannis Michaletos Graveyard of Empires The expedition in Afghanistan by the international forces since 2001 has resulted so far in a titanic failure not only in terms of stabilizing and neutralizing international terrorism, but also in themes such as…

Saudi Arabia as a weak link

By Ioannis Michaletos/The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in dire straits, witnessing a boomerang effect of the aftermath of the Arab Spring which still polarizes and engulfs the MENA region.     Almost 2 years after the ascendant to the…

Syria in a deadlock

By Ioannis Michaletos/The ongoing war in Syria, reaches again a deadlock, since it has become obvious that arms and other supplies towards the Jihadists factions are still flowing.   Furthermore the Islamic State (I.S.) despite losing around 80% of its…

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…