Anna Koukkides-Procopiou

Anna Koukkides-Procopiou

Anna Koukkides-Procopiou is a Research Associate at the Center for European and International Affairs, University of Nicosia. With an academic background in History, Economics and International Relations, she is mainly interested in gender, security, foreign policy and political risk analysis.

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ifty percent of all worldwide peace agreements fail within five years of being signed , the rate of relapse worsening, year in, year out, with every passing decade since the 1960s . It seems we have all along been signing ‘agreements without peace’, failing to see that peace is a process and not a deal.

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t is only with difficulty that Obama's friends and foes alike can dispute his leadership abilities. Charismatic, humane, inspirational, well-read, composed- name it, he has it. And yet, going back to examine his foreign policy-making, whether one calls it 'entrenchment' or 'offshore balancing',  fact remains that America today finds itself in retreat.

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