“Fighting al-Qaida before the Huthis”: the United Arab Emirates (Uae) have recently rebalanced their military commitment in Yemen, prioritizing counterterrorism operations against jihadi groups, in particular with regard to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap). Since March 2015, the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen against Zaydi Shia militias (the Huthis of Ansarullah, plus former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s loyalists) has been marking a watershed for Gulf monarchies’ military projection outside their boundaries.
Lo scorso febbraio il ministro iraniano del petrolio Bijan Zanganeh aveva bollato come “ridicola” l’ipotesi che l’Iran accettasse di mettere un tetto alla produzione di petrolio, provvedimento identificato dai paesi produttori come la soluzione alla caduta vertiginosa dei prezzi.
International reaction to the attacks on the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” and the Hebrew shop in Paris, in which seventeen people lost their lives, is not comparable to the attention for the Boko Haram massacre of an estimated two thousand people in Baga, North Eastern, Nigeria, earlier that same week.
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.
The decade between 2003 and 2013 was a crucial moment for the consolidation of the post-Soviet Republics of the Southern Caucasus. The security context proved to be a major issue in the region, with a full-fledge conflict between Georgia and Russia over South Ossetia (2008) and an ongoing simmering conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh. Nonetheless, internal political stability improved in all three countries and their economies grew substantially.
For millennia, mankind has considered the devastating consequences of natural hazards as “acts of God” – a show of forces at play far beyond the possibility of intervention for humans. Dispelling this resilient myth is the core tenet of modern Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Disasters, theory says and massive evidence confirms, are not inevitable. Whilst the forces of nature are indeed largely beyond human control, a disaster happens when such forces – an earthquake, a cyclone, or massive flash flooding, for example – meet vulnerable population.
Terrorism is constantly evolving. Over the last years, local radicalization phenomena and the flow of fighters moving between Europe and the Middle East have had a major impact on the European security. Such a situation seems to prove the need for a broader strategy to counter radicalization, which takes into account the extent and the diversity of the causes behind the spread of the jihadist threat.
How many people were killed in terrorist attacks last year? Which countries suffer the greatest impact from terrorism? Who are the terrorist organisations and whom are they targeting? What are the factors that lead to terrorism?