As a rapidly rising potential superpower, China's recent 19th National Congress of the ruling party has attracted worldwide attention. Along with the remarkable proclamation of China's entry into the “New Era of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics”, the country is witnessing several groundbreaking changes both from a political and an institutional standpoint: the inclusion of Xi Jinping’s “thought” into the Constitution, for example, or the abolition of the two-terms limit for the presidential mandate.
The international workshop on “Interreligious Engagement and Sustainable Peace”, organised by ISPI and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held in Bologna on March 6, with the scientific coordination of Prof. Fabio Petito, from the University of Sussex.
With the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Xi Jinping administration has entered its second term with seemingly more centralized and enhanced power. President Xi recently achieved several important foreign policy changes and his “Thought” has been enshrined into the party charter, which suggests he has gained more power than his predecessor. At the same time, China’s economic policy still swings back and forth between two different schools of thought within the regime.
Propaganda and communication campaigns as tools to pursue foreign policy goals are anything but a new phenomenon. The Russian hacking and manipulation of the 2016 USA presidential campaign, as well as their circulation of “fake news” and disinformation in Europe, seem to bring “information warfare” to an unprecedented level. Why is Russia pursuing such a strategy? What is its final aim? Are other countries adopting similar strategies?
Given the increased assertiveness of China’s foreign policy and the change in continuity brought about by the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, from a political standpoint India is now at a turning point in the definition of its role in Asia and in the world.
From the veterans of the 1980s war in Afghanistan to those who flocked to post-invasion Iraq or Syria after 2011, jihadism in Libya today brings together several currents and histories. Who are the key actors and groups within Libya’s jihadist milieu? Which social roots helped birth them? And which generational divides could shape them in future?
The lecture was held in English.
Globalization and the shift of economic power towards emerging countries – especially China – has produced some negative effects in developed countries: growing income inequalities and the ensuing rise of nationalist and populist movements.
In this context, how to preserve liberal values and practices, while understanding the root–causes of populism? How to enhance EU–Asia relations? And, particularly, how to further strengthen EU–Japan cooperation?
The lecture was held in English.
The international workshop on “The Refugee Crisis and Religious Engagement: Widening Routes to Legal Protection”, organised by ISPI and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held in Milan on March 13 and 14, with the scientific coordination of Prof. Fabio Petito, from the University of Sussex.
The presentation analysed the current state of North Korea’s nuclear programme assessing whether and to what extent it poses a credible and immediate threat to security on the Korean Peninsula and beyond. Under the current circumstances, is a peaceful re–unification of the Korean Peninsula still an option and possibility in years ahead?
The discussion was held in English.
The event was organised in partnership with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Milan.