Dimitris Rapidis

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Israel is considering itself as the only democratic power in Middle East. The state that keeps the credos of the Western civilization and endeavors to secure peace in the region. The Arab threat and the entire risk of military escalation is always present, especially when dealing with the Palestinian issue. A significant support towards peace… » read more

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Turkey is a robust country, a pivotal player in the entire region which encompasses the Middle East, the Southeastern Mediterranean basin, and the Balkans. It always had a special role in these three areas due to the long-held historical, political, cultural, and economic ties and relations. Lately, Turkey has achieved to unleash a fundamental geopolitical… » read more

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US President Barack Obama has decided to bring into office in CIA and Pentagon two figures that have been involved in the counter-terrorist war of the country against Islamic fundamentalism. John Brennan was positioned as chief counter-terrorism advisor to the President, whereas Chuck Hagel was assumed with the Ministry of Defence. But why such a… » read more

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Turkey in 2030

The US National Intelligence Council latest report claims that a possible formation of Kurdistan, including territories of Syria, Iraq and Iran, may affect Turkey’s unity in the upcoming years. This is a well-founded estimation that somebody should take into account and interpret in a relevant manner in terms of geopolitics and regional stability.

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Just five months ago, Morsi was elected President of Egypt after a fierce and long-lasting string of upheavals targeting his predecessor Mubarak. Morsi’s last maneuver to gather additional power in his hands seems really similar to the Egyptians that have not forgotten Mubarak’s authoritarian regime. Do we have a repetition?

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Erdoğan’s AKP has proposed to the Turkish Parliament the guidelines for the establishment of a presidential system – a major initiative that is aimed to alter the entire political system of Turkey that since independence in the 1930s its was running under the parliamentary model. If the plan is accepted, Erdoğan can aspire for an… » read more

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A coin is always double-sided, and Egypt President Mohamed Morsi’s decision to sack two of the country’s top generals stirs up discussion. From the one side there are those analysts welcoming this stunning decision, and from the other side there are others questioning the intentions of the President and his ever-growing power. Possibly the truth… » read more

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Shaykh Nazim is one of the most recognized spirutial figures of Sufism being referred as one of the “Prophets” of the Islamic world. He is Turkish-Cyrpiot and he lives in Lefke in the North part of Cyprus. Lately his homeplace has been the center of a growing flow of pilgrims that visit him in order… » read more

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