The following study is based on my M.Phil. dissertation that I submitted at the University of Oxford in April 1999. I am grateful for the financial assistance from the Henry R. Kravis Scholarship and Maurice Latey Award that enabled me to carry out the research for this study. I would like to thank Timothy Garton Ash and David Hine for their guidance, advice and patience. I am also grateful to Vladimír Handl for his comments.
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We believe this study proffers, among other things, an explanation for the existing situation in the region and identifies future trends and tendencies. We also believe that our recommendations provide both accurate as well as normative insights to all those who are interested in Ukraine and to key players in the field, including the OSCE, helping the conflict-affected country and its people.
Policy study “Implementation of Berlin process in the Western Balkans countries” that is in front of you is a result of deep and committed work of all our partners and colleagues within the project, and it represents general overview of major facts within the analyzed area.
The aim of this study is to identify regional and international challenges to security in the Arabian Gulf region resulting from developments over the last decades as well as to examine their impact on the security in this area generally and in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) particularly. This study is also aimed at drawing up a strategy on strengthening political and social security of the UAE.
Traditionally, the dominant agenda in transatlantic relations has been military security governed by the US and its nuclear preponderance. The “balance of threat” resulted in the primacy of the military sphere over the economic sphere. Since 1985 the US-EU agenda has changed fundamentally due to the disappearance of the Soviet- American security agenda, structural developments in the world economy, and the attempt on both sides to re-examine their respective roles in the international system with respect to the economic and security spheres.