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By Mitchell Belfer

Gaza, 2014: Where the Streets have No Names

It is a cycle. A deal sits within grasp. It literally sits on the table and awaits a nod, smile and elongated signatures. The deal is the result of a lull in violence that produces confidence and confidence generates channels of discussion and dialogue between the belligerents. Hamas may not recognise Israel, but it still speaks to it via European and Middle Eastern interlocutors. Fatah and Israel speak directly. In its turn, belligerent-to-belligerent dialogue is often the engine for…

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By David Erkomaishvili

Ukraine: Reflecting on the Downing of Flight MH17

Comfortable? Do you think the civil wars in Syria and Ukraine don't concern you? Time to think again! Imagine yourself on-board a flight from north Europe to Southeast Asia (as nearly 300 people were on MH17) not interested in the news or politics. And then, for nothing related to your life or persuasion, you are a victim and it is your family lost in grieving shock. The accident (it is likely an accidental downing) over Ukraine reveals the level of disintegration and instability facing the…

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By Nikol Chumová

In the Shadow of the World Cup: Israel vs. Hamas, A Redux

While the international public has been, largely, preoccupied by World Cup football, Israel and Hamas are at it again. In Prague, a modest demonstration-cum-protest is an apt reminder of the polarity this conflict generates among the few that care and the lack of interest by the clear majority of Czech's and Europeans more generally. The Prague event saw some 70 supporters of Palestine gather on 14 July; a handful at most, in the vibrant city centre that attracts thousands by the summer…

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By Hana Brediková

Violence Pays to Get Closer to the European Union

  The EU has been busy these past weeks. With crises seemingly lapping at all the EU’s frontiers, the DG office for European Enlargement has found itself at the centre of European attention and international controversy. The highlight has to be Štefan Füle’s technocratic waltz to woo three crisis-ridden, Russian penetrated, East European and Caucasus countries into the EU’s socio-political and economic sphere of influence. By signing Association Agreements (AA) with Georgia, Moldova and…

2014 - Volume 8, Issue 2