Dec 18, 2010


The blog has been quite lately because I have exams to study for, but a post is almost ready and several others are on its way.....

Dec 9, 2010

Osijek - images

A building that was shot at in the Croatian War for Independence

The town hall of Osijek and in front of it the tram. Osijek and Zagreb are the only croatian cities with remaining tram networks.

Art nouveau building on Europska Avenija.

Another art nouveau building on Europska Avenija.

A neo-baroque building on Europska Avenija.

The sight of Osijek from a bridge on the Drava river. The tall 14 storey building is Hotel Osijek a modern four star hotel with a nice restaurant and café overlooking the river.

Dec 8, 2010

Diplomacy - the new world order?

The question of the new world order or rather a New World Order (NWO) was a central issue of the must read book Diplomacy written by Henry Kissinger in 1994. So far sixteen years have passed by the Soveit Union is gone most of the Eastern Block is part of the EU and China has passed Germany as the third largest economy of the world.

So where do we stand now? Do we have a New World Order?

The answer is of course not simple and probably only historians will be able to tell some decades later, but the trends we see are certainly of great interest. The official body of diplomatic communication and of relations between states the United Nations is certainly not in harmony with a NWO. I say this because the Security Council the only body of the UN which can bring mandatory legislation is built up in a way that it represents an old world, the world of two super powers on the international playground. I believe that the Security Council's build up should be revised to reflect more properly the current political balances in the world.

One of the reasons why I am writing about this right now is the fact that Russia and India have developed the fastest cruise missile together. This is an emerging cooperation and alliance between two countries, which by their size, political and economic influence have to be heard. In Kissinger's book the author describes Russia as a state that has to find its place in the international setting after the collapse of the Soviet Union. I believe that Russia with leadership from Vladimir Putin has defined its role as a major player in international politics and has shown the world through its "gas politics" that it can have a major effect on world economy. Naturally there is also a downside to this the fact that russian economy relies mostly on natural resource, which of course are not endless. With the 2014 Winter Olympic games and the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia there is a possibility to take their economy in a new direction with more emphasis on the service sector.

India the other cooperator in the BrahMos missile project on the other hand has not yet shown a great influence on the world stage. In my view it is very hard for India to define its position. India was a leader of the non-aligned countries movement in the years of the cold war. It is a country of great economic power and the fact that it has the second largest population on the planet makes it a country with great growth potential. India has been focusing for many years on regional international politics especially on its conflict with neighbouring Pakistan. I think it is big step for India to be involved in joint military projects with Russia perhaps the first big step in creating a long lasting alliance that could raise India to greater international prominance. It is important to mention that India is not a permanent member of the Security Council, which lessens its influence on the international stage.

Apart from the two nesmaking nation (Russia and India) that sparked my thoughts the key players of the NWO are of course the USA, China and EU countries (not all of course)...

thoughts on the NWO are to be continued ....

Dec 5, 2010

Study time

I am sorry for the inactivity of this blog, but unfortunately I have exams coming up and studying for these exams is my focus right now.

I will share photos of my recent visit to Osijek, Croatia soon. In advance I would just like to tell You how amazing and beautiful that city is. It is the fourth largest city in Croatia and it is quite far away from the famous Croatian seaside. It is a city with great history and fantastic architecture with splendid baroque and art nouveau buildings.

What is definitely a sad fact about the city is that it has always been shattered by wars throughout history. The most recent one of course being the Croatian War of Independence between 1991 and 1995. Some of the buildings still bare on them the sad memories of this war. Despite of this (or because of this) the city has a special atmosphere with its many parks and treelined avenues.

All right....back to studying....