Selected Articles: NATO Enlargement and the Transnational Trafficking of Oil

isis-oil-1024x575Turkish-ISIL Oil Trade: The Role of Britain, Israel, and the Kurdistan Regional Government

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, December 20 2015

Turkish officials were involved in illegal transport of oil from Iraq long before the emergence of the so-called Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS/IS/DAESH).

People talk as they stand next to oil barrels at a makeshift oil refinery site in al-Mansoura village in Raqqa's countryside © Hamid Khatib / ReutersMost Smuggled ISIS Oil Goes to Turkey, Sold at Low Prices – Norwegian Report

By RT, December 20 2015

A newly-leaked report on illegal oil sales by Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL), which was ordered to be compiled by Norway, has revealed that most of the IS-smuggled oil has been destined for Turkey, where it is sold off at bargain low prices.

West uses NATO to put Pressure on RussiaNATO Enlargement, The Balkans and Russia

By Viktor Milinkovic, December 21 2015

The following text is the first in a series of articles which will present an analysis and evaluation of NATO enlargement in the Balkans, the interests that are driving this policy and the implications this has for Russia.

drapeau-de-lukraineJoining NATO: Ukraine, A Warning to Others

By Ulson Gunnar, December 21 2015

Ukraine was not exactly clamoring to get into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the antiquated military alliance created in the wake of World War II to prevent a Soviet invasion of Western Europe.

moldovaCrisis in Moldova. Buffer State Hostage to Geopolitics

By Victor Josu, December 21 2015

Moldova, which is caught between Romania (a country whose policies are closely controlled by the US) and Ukraine (which is sinking into chaos following the US-inspired Maidan), has existed for seven years already without a legitimate government.

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