Most countries along the BRI are developing countries and emerging economies. They account for 31 percent of the global GDP, but constitute about 62 percent of world’s population(1). At the same time, the ecological environment is very fragile, due to the distribution of most of the global biodiversity hotspots(2). 58 percent of the world’s deserts are also concentrated in this area(3). In a certain sense, the historical Silk Road is also an international transmission channel for dust and pollutants(4).
L'Ispi Daily Focus approfondisce il tema del giorno della politica e dell'economia internazionale rispondendo a tre domande chiave e fornendo infografiche e commenti degli analisti dell'Istituto.
Because of its role as an important driver of both economic and productivity growth, development and maintenance of infrastructure network are usually a major concern to political agenda. Nevertheless, there is a widespread agreement that the current investment trend may not be sufficient to meet a constantly growing demand for infrastructures, driven by the rapid development among emerging markets. Estimates by Oxford Economics point to a structural gap that, from its 2016 level of USD 372 bln, will face an yearly average growth of 3.2% until 2040.
Architecture and urbanism are definitely taking the centre stage in Saudi Arabia’s effort to increase its international outreach and visibility, as exemplified by the Kingdom’s decision to participate, for the first time, to the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
La scena jihadista italiana presenta, almeno per ora, numeri più confortanti rispetto ad altri Paesi occidentali toccati dal fenomeno.
Il monitoraggio dei canali jihadisti sulla nota piattaforma di messaggistica Telegram è uno degli strumenti che può aiutarci a capire come proceda la radicalizzazione online nel nostro paese.
The "Indo-Pacific" is a strategic construct that arose at a time of a potential transition in the Asian security order.
L’area del Mediterraneo allargato continua a essere caratterizzata da numerose crisi che, lungi dal risolversi, sembrano invece diventare sempre più profonde, coinvolgendo un crescente numero di attori. I focolai di conflitto sono inoltre circondati da contesti e aree in via di transizione che, in cerca di un nuovo equilibrio, difficilmente potranno dare un contributo alla stabilizzazione dell’area.
The Western Indian Ocean (the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, the Bab el-Mandeb, the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian/Persian Gulf) is the new Gulf powers’ battlefield. Saudi Arabia and Iran, as already in the Middle East, are vying for hegemony in this sub-region: the Gulf monarchies also compete for influence, especially after the 2017 Qatari crisis and Doha’s boycott by neighbours.
In the wake of the killing of more 300 Muslim worshippers by allegedly Jihadist militants during al-Rawdah massacre in November 2017, President Sisi launched a new military campaign - “Comprehensive Operation-Sinai 2018” - with the aim of putting an end to terrorism and restoring security within three months in turbulent Egypt. The military operation, which precedes the presidential election of March 26-28, 2018, has pursued growing repression of the opposition and militarization of institutions in the country.
The anti-terrorism operation carried out today in Foggia, Southern Italy, marks an important moment for Italy’s counterterrorism. The raid comes as the culmination of a longer investigation initiated by Bari’s DIGOS (the national police’s special unit, which was monitoring a small, unauthorized place of worship named Al Dawa, located near Foggia’s railway station. Indeed, two recently arrested jihadists — including a former Chechen foreign fighter — were known to have regularly attended the mosque.