MAKING SENSE of international developments is a new opportunity for Op-Ed comments by our staff, research associates and partners. PhD researcher Ilia Barboutev opens the series with an analysis of various conflicts which loom around Europe at the beginning of 2018 in issues 1 and 2.



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    Leiden UniversityVasileios P. Karakasis

    On February 23 2018, five Turkish warships, applying a NAVTEX issued by the Turkish authorities in Block 3 of RoC’s EEZ, harassed the drilling rig Saiepem 12000 of the Italian state-owned company ENI, and threatened to sink it. The Italian vessel, after the discovery of an allegedly important amount of gas reserves in Block 6 of RoC’s EEZ, was heading towards Block 3 to initiate drilling in another well.

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    Leiden UniversityKenan Cruz Çilli

    The beginning of the political year in Turkey has been marked by what is likely to be the overarching theme for the months to come: the presidential race and the upcoming elections. In 2019, the Turkish electorate will head to the polls three times for ordinary municipal elections, as well as for parliamentary and presidential ones.

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    Johns Hopkins UniversityJoshua Henderson

    The United States and China are leading the world in investing in new technologies, specifically advanced computing such as artificial intelligence and AVs. These two countries are global economic leaders and rivals. AV technology is not only a commercial opportunity for the countries but also a strategic imperative.

  • MAKING SENSE of International Developments, 2.

    PhD candidate Leiden UniversityIlia Barboutev

    Turkey shares a border with the EU where troubling developments are occurring. With a population of over 80 million people, and through its role as a host of over 3 million Syrian refugees who would otherwise have tried to come to Europe, the current instability plaguing the country should be a serious concern for all Europeans.

  • MAKING SENSE of International Developments, 1.

    PhD candidate Leiden UniversityIlia Barboutev

    We are nearing the 30th anniversary of Francis Fukuyama’s famous prediction that Western liberal democracy will come to be the universally accepted and final form of government. In the summer of 1989, Mr. Fukuyama, while witnessing the collapse of the Soviet Empire, prophesized a future world largely devoid of ideological struggles, where consumerism, a general sense of boredom and intellectual stagnation would rule the day.


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