In late last May the Pope paid a visit to the Palestinian Authority and Israel. He also invited both presidents, Mahmud Abbas and Shimon Peres, to pray together in Rome, which they did on June the 8th. It all went well. The Pope is a great person, full of charm and good intentions. Abbas and Peres represent the best of their respective peoples. They both radiate openness and rationality. For the Palestinians the visit was significant as another voice of global importance calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state.
The US-Egyptian relations have been experiencing serious fluctuations ever since the outbreak of the Egyptian uprising in January 2011. Bilateral relations have even reached their lowest point with the decision of the Obama administration to suspend substantial military aid (1), military training, and other economic aid funds to the Egyptian government in October 2013, pending what US officials called a credible progress toward an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government through free and fair elections.
Ongoing dramatic events and unpredictable dynamics in Ukraine have exposed the multifaceted complexity of the common EU-Russia neighbourhood. After the EuroMaidan Revolution all regional actors had to re-think their interests, approaches and strategies to achieve national aspirations. Despite the high uncertainty and fluidity of current developments make any predictions impossible, this Study aims to cast light on some critical aspects of the present situation and on the impact the involved players have on the future of the region. In particular, it examines the EU perspective and...
The recent visit of the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Crimea showed everyone that Russia will remain firm on its positions, but the fact that it was the “younger” member of the tandem to go to the newly acquired “historically Russian” lands seems to leave space for negotiations.
Lo scorso 27 gennaio è stato diffuso il Rapporto 2013 del segretario generale della NATO, Rasmussen(1). Come già negli anni scorsi, il Rapporto ambisce a porsi come momento di sintesi del percorso compiuto dall’Alleanza Atlantica nei dodici mesi precedenti e, allo stesso tempo, come momento di riflessione intorno alle sfide che essa sarà chiamata ad affrontare in quelli a venire.
In its approach to the demonstrations in Bolotnaja Square in December 2011 following Putin’s second presidential bid, Russian policy had to deal with unexpected protests triggered by Russian blogs, a new communication medium that appeared around 2008, and by a new “peculiar” political blogger, Aleksej Navalny. Russia underwent a revolution of new-generation communication and information exchange.
Nei recenti scandali di corruzione che hanno travolto la Turchia minando la credibilità e coesione del governo dell’Akp, tutti i tradizionali attori politici sono stati chiamati in causa, da ultimi i militari. Questi, forse non troppo sorprendentemente, hanno dichiarato di volersi mantenere al di fuori della lotta di potere in corso, deludendo perciò le aspettative di chi, appartenendo ai settori più nazionalisti e secolari della società, ne caldeggiava l’intervento.
Over half of Egyptians have not read the newly amended constitution, according to a new opinion poll -- although the charter will be put to national referendum on January 14.Fifty-nine percent of the respondents to a poll in late December by private polling organisation Baseera said they had not read the new charter, while 36 percent said they had read "parts" of it.