Ari Rusila's Blog (152)

Devaluation of Nobel Peace Prize Continues But EU Could Show Way For Better Crisis Management

The stabilizing part played by the E.U. has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace,” (Thorbjorn Jagland, chair of awarding…


Added by Ari Rusila on October 19, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Passport Rank 2012 - Balkans

The “European perspective” is key concept for integrating western Balkans into EU. For ordinary people freedom of movement might be the main carrot after nearly 20 years of isolation. Visa restrictions play an important role in controlling the movement of foreign nationals across borders. They reflect also the relationships between…


Added by Ari Rusila on October 1, 2012 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Israeli vs Palestine Refugees - In, Out and No Return

One element by solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the question of refugees or better their right to return. When the "refugee issue" is discussed within the context of the Middle East, people invariably refer to…


Added by Ari Rusila on September 14, 2012 at 2:46am — No Comments

BTW MIC Still Rules

After recent failure to reach agreement on treaty for international arms trade the UN Secretary-General…


Added by Ari Rusila on August 29, 2012 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Civil Crisis Management: Filling the Gaps Between the Aims and on the Ground Effectiveness of a Mission

Outside interventions to inner conflicts are part of daily news stream today. Where, when and how to intervene are the core of discussions. However from my point of view more weight should put to day after planning. In Balkans there is still frozen conflicts; Iraq, Afghanistan and many conflicts in Africa are most recent or still…


Added by Ari Rusila on August 2, 2012 at 2:40am — No Comments

EU in Turmoil and not only in Financial One

The two dominating trends among EU leaders are to cut losses of players in virtual economy at the expense of taxpayers and to guide EU towards strict federation at the expense of democracy.…


Added by Ari Rusila on July 8, 2012 at 5:12am — No Comments

US Giving a "Yellow Light" to an Israeli Strike

Sometimes there are no alternatives to confrontation”

(then - 2008 - candidate Obama)…


Added by Ari Rusila on March 6, 2012 at 1:44am — No Comments

Kosovo Referendum Prepares the Ground for Tripartite Approach

Ethnic Serbs living in northern Kosovo - municipalities of Zubin Potok, Zvecan, northern Mitrovica and Leposavic - have been voting in a two-day referendum on February 14.-15. The question was simple: Voters were asked simply ''Do you accept the institutions of the…


Added by Ari Rusila on February 17, 2012 at 6:47am — No Comments

End Game Approaches on Nuclear Iran

From the start of 2012 the spotlight on Iran and for good reason. Today the entire region is now on tenterhooks for the next move, with US, Iranian and Gulf armies on the highest war alert. Earlier the main scenario was that Israel would make an preventive limited air strike to Iran's nuclear facilities, now it seems that U.S is going to war with…


Added by Ari Rusila on January 11, 2012 at 1:54am — 1 Comment

NIOD Report on Srebrenica

In my previous articles (…


Added by Ari Rusila on December 7, 2011 at 4:20am — No Comments

Media War of Yugoslav Secession continues

Who needs facts if a good story is available?” (Ari Rusila)

A few weeks ago I…


Added by Ari Rusila on November 6, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

"Srebrenica: A Town Betrayed" – Finally a Critical Documentary about Srebrenica Tragedy

"If you want to use a word "genocide" (for Srebrenica) - then OK, but we need a new word to replace the old "genocide" word..." (Noam Chomsky)



Added by Ari Rusila on September 27, 2011 at 12:28am — No Comments

R2P vs Facades of Interventions

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a relatively new international security and human rights norm to address international community's failure to prevent and stop genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against…


Added by Ari Rusila on September 6, 2011 at 7:11am — 4 Comments

Sinai emerged as new front in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Besides political pressure due the Palestinians' upcoming bid for statehood at the U.N. in September, Israel is suffering heaviest bombardments since Operation Cast lead in early 2009. Over 150…


Added by Ari Rusila on August 27, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Negotiation Slot for a Month

While Palestinians try to unite (Hamas-Fatah deal) and promote their case in UN (recognition of independence) and on the ground (flopped air-flotilla and failed Flotilla II on July) and while so-called Middle East…


Added by Ari Rusila on August 2, 2011 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

After Norwegian massacre - Way forward to prevent similar actions

This is an attack against the Norwegian Labour Movement, against the Norwegian labour Party and its Youth Organization.” (Jan Stoltenberg/PM Norway)…


Added by Ari Rusila on July 24, 2011 at 10:11am — 12 Comments

Mladic in Hague, Serbia towards EU, reopening Srebrenica

From historical perspective the Mladic'n arrest and the Hague trial serves as formation of a more comprehensive picture of events in the Balkans in the 90's after the procecutor and the defense have made their case. Issues related to the underlying policy objectives of Srebrenica, events before Srebrenica and the number and the PR game around Srebrenica. Realization…


Added by Ari Rusila on June 3, 2011 at 12:55am — No Comments

The Third Intifada – To Fade or Escalate

An upraising sweeping through the Middle East has acquired a new dimension with the eruption of the Palestinian masses along Israel's borders last weekend. Palestinian groups on Facebook have been calling months for violent uprisings against the citizens of Israel, openly planning a Third Intifada on May 15th,…


Added by Ari Rusila on May 18, 2011 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Fatah-Hamas Deal: Three Scenarios

The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight Jews and kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: 'O Moslem, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and…


Added by Ari Rusila on May 4, 2011 at 1:39am — No Comments

Serbia's EU association is not a Must

"If the Balkans find that too many obstacles are strewn about the road to Brussels, they may well be tempted to set out on the shorter road to Istanbul"

(Misha Glenny, Balkan political analyst)…


Added by Ari Rusila on April 26, 2011 at 3:27am — No Comments

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