Archives: International Relations

A round table on “Internationalization of the universities and the future of Forlì”

24 May, 2011

On the 4th of May a round table on “Internationalization of the universities and the future of Forlì” was moderated by Roland Schenkel of the Swiss newspaper Neuer Züricher Zeitung. Continue

Global actors in global agenda

27 April, 2011

In current post I am presenting a number of opinions of global actors on a burning contemporary agenda (Libya case). Continue

Contemporary global agenda: revolution in Libya

20 April, 2011

Libya is a sovereign nation, is the Maghreb region country in the north of Africa and their internal affairs are none of someone’s business. Continue

The dark side of the EU-Russia mutual relations

22 January, 2011

The influence of a single party known as “United Russia” is great and overwhelming in Russia. It is seriously criticized for week and fragmented opposition. However, seems that the opposition on the 13th of December, 2010 got united under its new name “People’s freedom party”. Continue

the EU-Russia contemporary relations: reasons for optimism and the dark side

20 January, 2011

Russian state was created in 862 after Christ when prominent European empires like Roman or Greek have already faced a serious downturn. In terms of historical scale Russia is believed to be born quite late. Continue

Collective brain-storm on the Adriatic Ionian Initiative in Faenza, Italy on 17th December, 2010

18 December, 2010

The Institute for the Central Europe and the Balkans on the 16th of December, 2010 has organized a collective brain-storm in Faenza, Italy. Professors from Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia were about to work out potential proposals for the Adriatic Ionic Initiative. As a result of the brain-storm, all these proposals will be transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to Mr.Franco Frattini for further actions. Continue

The Lisbon Treaty: Italian perspective

7 December, 2010

As a result of French and Dutch referendums, the Constitution was doomed to failure and the EU faced a serious institutional deadlock which lasted for 2,5 years till December 2007. Romano Prodi commented on this situation: «The Treaty gave Europe a number of instruments which till recent times didn’t exist. But there is no more a united spirit which could become a modus vivendi» This situation got resolved on the 13th of December 2007 when the Lisbon Treaty or the Reform Treaty was signed aiming at restitution of the Constitutional Treaty . Continue

A little bit of Constructivism by the example of Northern Europe

30 November, 2010

Constructivism seems to be also a relatively new approach comparing to geopolitics ether political realism. Constructivists suppose that international relations depend not only upon certain objective processes (cooperation, for example) but also on perception of the concept of it (A.Wendt[1]). Sometimes such definitions may seem to be vague. But despite this fact the approach stresses the importance of concepts, of ideas that people think and talk about. What people say – definitely exists. Continue

Structuralism in Northern Europe

29 November, 2010

Structuralism implies Northern Europe as a certain structure (comparing to constructivism, it is not a vague construct), a system and all the changes that may happen within its borders come within structuralism. The discourse of cooperation has become topical recently and is being successfully interpreted by structuralism. Economic cooperation, environment problems, regional infrastructure, tourism, indigenous people – everything that comprises the region – are highly interested for structuralists. Continue

An example of Idealism (IR theory) in Northern Europe

28 November, 2010

Idealism has emerged in contrast to political realism. Many appreciate it as a critique to it but nowadays it is possible to say that this approach is absolutely independent and much more topical at least while analyzing Northern Europe. Idealism is tightly connected with liberalism which brings to us first of all its famous values that are liberal democracy, human rights, individual freedom, inter-dependence etc. Continue

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