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About Vassilis K. Fouskas

Vassilis K. Fouskas is Professor of International Politics & Economics at the Royal Docks School of Business & Law, University of East London and Director of STAMP (Centre for the study of States, Markets & People).

Articles by Vassilis K. Fouskas

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

RIP United Kingdom, 1927-2017

The Tories maintain the electoral momentum and the political initiative, something which is not only going to damage Labour irreversibly, but the entire country, with Brexit negotiations breaking it apart.

Class, Trump, Brexit, and the decline of the West

In politics, long-term socio-economic trends and global shifts matter more than often overstated ‘progressive’ discourses about equality, progress and freedom.

"Brexit": the real threat to globalization

British voters on June 23 may also decide the future of globalisation/ financialisation. If Britain votes to leave the EU, globalisation may be over, and with it an era in history.

Cannibalisation and the State of Exception

Want to avoid the cannibalisation of British and European politics from below and a state of exception from above? First, ponder the global power-shift from NATO-lands to China and Russia.

Greece has two choices. And so do the creditors

After 13 July 2015, Syriza's Greece and, for that matter, the creditors have two choices. Modernise the Greek state; or let Greece default and risk disintegration not just of EMU/EU but also Nato.

What Greece's creditors should know

Syriza cannot and will not default on its people by stopping paying wages and pensions. If matters come to a head, it will default on its creditors because democratic principles are not negotiable.

Why Syriza is good news for Greece and Europe

The Cold War is over. Scaremongering campaigns on the part of German and European officials make no sense, as Syriza is not a threat to Europe, but a breakthrough.

Cyprus 40 years on. Do you really want a solution? Abandon 'realism'

Every July I cannot stop thinking of that morning of July 20, 1974. A boy, born and raised on the Greek island of Lesbos, in very close proximity to Turkey, listening as his mother tells him that Turkish planes are flying over the village, and that we may be invaded.

Ukraine and Eurasia's imperial fault-lines

The current conflict has been brewing for a long time and is the result of two asymmetrical imperialisms: Russia's outdated, and rather formal, imperialism, on the one hand, and the west's smart, informal route to empire on the other. We must come to grips with these fault-lines in Eurasia's vast plateau.

A third way for Cyprus?

Cyprus cannot be a nation-state under Greek Cypriot majority rule, or two nation-states in a loose co-federation under the surveillance of NATO forces. But could Cyprus be a new united Republic founded on the ideas of labour and a common Mediterranean civilization? If the EU said yes. 

Why democracy is still in danger in Greece

Ten days after the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, the ND-PASOK pro-austerity government arrested most of the Golden Dawn leadership on the grounds of being a criminal organization. Yet, for a combination of economic and political reasons, democracy in Greece is in more danger today than ever before.

Cyprus crisis: swan-song of the Eurozone

Harsh measures imposed on Cypriot political and financial authorities to address bank failures reveal, once again, that the entire architecture of the EU is in tatters. The geopolitics surrounding the Greek Cypriot crisis is pulling the EU further apart and into the unknown.

After the Greek election

Whatever the case, one thing is certain: Syriza will further increase its voting power. 

Dear Merkel, beware Greeks bearing geopolitics

It is time to stop the chorus of blackmail assailing Syriza, the radical Greek left party poised to win the Sunday election, from all sort of pundits, international officials and, above all, Merkel - along the lines that if their anti-bailout platform wins the June 17 contest then Greece would be pushed out of the Euro. For, the real issue now is not about economics but about the geopolitics of the eastern Mediterranean

Athens shows the way

The Greek people have delivered an unmistakable verdict: out go the ruling incumbents. Greeks have opted instead for radical parties that best express their class interests and social values.

And now what? Greece after its official creditor-led default

Following Greece’s recent mammoth 206-billion-euro bond swap, people wrongly believe that the private bondholders of the Greek debt lost money and that the country is on a path to recovery. The only solution for Greece remains a debtor-led default and exit from the euro-zone under the leadership of a radical democrat political movement

A Greek tragedy: the making of the Greek and Euro-Atlantic ruling classes

Who is George Papandreou? The author challenges what he sees as the defence over recent years on this website of PASOK’s reform agenda by Anthony Barnett and Mary Kaldor. This neoliberalism in sheep’s clothing, he argues, has nothing to do with the radical democratic reform proposed by the Arab uprisings and Occupy movements. This is our latest debate on whether Europe can make it.

Israel’s neo-zionist illusion

The true target of the violence onboard the Turkish boat carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza on 31 May was the US. But this attempt to force Obama into backing Israel uncritically was based on an outdated, neo-zionist view of geo-politics. For the US is not the power it was
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