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A PARADIGMIC SHIFT – FROM FAR-FETCHED LABELLING TO DOWN-TO EARTH REASONING
Mon, Oct 24, 2022

A PARADIGMIC SHIFT – FROM FAR-FETCHED LABELLING TO DOWN-TO EARTH REASONING

Even before Russia’s invasion in Ukraine approx. eight months ago, there has been some conventional wisdom that the war can be explained through the prism of the first debate in IR theory, i.e. Realism vs. Idealism. As far as Kremlin’s transgressions of Kyiv’s sovereignty have been the stepping stones of an escalating crisis since the Crimea’s annexation in 2014, it is taken for granted that the explanatory potential of the first debate remains valid. This paper, however, argues that the dynamics of the warfare peels off the superficial layer of explanation and bares the deeply rooted behavioral drivers and structural factors.

Mira Kaneva, PhD

Article

Global Challenges

Security and Defense

MATCHING RISK ASSESSMENT AND CAPABILITIES: CHALLENGES TO CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN MEMBER STATES
Mon, Mar 21, 2022

MATCHING RISK ASSESSMENT AND CAPABILITIES: CHALLENGES TO CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN MEMBER STATES

The Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries have a specific perception of risks and threats and hence unique views on how to guarantee their security. This is particularly relevant with regard to their attitudes towards Russia. This article was written for the Martens Centre for European Studies

Yordan Bozhilov, President of Sofia Security Forum

Article

Security and Defense

European Union

NATO

ON THE SEMANTICS OF THE BALKANS
Tue, Oct 19, 2021

ON THE SEMANTICS OF THE BALKANS

The meaning of the term "Balkans" - derivative concepts and mental constructions

Yordan Bozhilov - President of the Sofia Security forum

Article

Balkans and Black Sea

CLASSIC AND HYBRID CHALLENGES IN THE BLACK SEA REGION
Sat, Sep 25, 2021

CLASSIC AND HYBRID CHALLENGES IN THE BLACK SEA REGION

Security Challenges in the Black Sea Region - Analysis of Authors from Romania, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Ambassador Sergiu CELAC, MG (Ret.) Leonardo DINU, Mr. George SCUTARU, Ms. Maria ION, Dr. Murat ASLAN, Mr. Yordan BOZHILOV, Mr. Martin SOKOLOV

Article

Balkans and Black Sea

THE WESTERN BALKANS: ANCHORED IN THE PAST OR MOVING FORWARD TOWARDS A EUROPEAN FUTURE
Sat, Sep 18, 2021

THE WESTERN BALKANS: ANCHORED IN THE PAST OR MOVING FORWARD TOWARDS A EUROPEAN FUTURE

What are the challenges for the Western Balkans on their European Integration

Yordan Bozhilov, President of SSF

Article

Balkans and Black Sea

European Union

THE US-IRANIAN CLASH IN THE MIDDLE EAST - READING THROUGH THE PRISM OF REALISM
Sun, Jun 20, 2021

THE US-IRANIAN CLASH IN THE MIDDLE EAST - READING THROUGH THE PRISM OF REALISM

US-Iran relations around and after the assassination of Iranian General Soleimani in 2020 through the prisms of realism and neorealism, phenomena and theoretical concepts.

Yana Ghazi, Intern at SSF

Article

Security and Defense