During this closed-door meeting, promoted by ISPI and RIAC in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the support of Trilateral Commission, top representatives from selected European and Russian think tanks as well as other experts, diplomats and institutional representatives addressed some of the debates triggered by recent developments in Europe (including 2017 elections in major EU countries) and current situation in Russia (approaching presidential elections of 2018); external factors that can influence Russian–European relations such as changing US...
The last few years have seen the proliferation of policies and multilateral initiatives to protect the fundamental rights of persons to practice their beliefs. Yet, different communities in different parts of the world continue to be subjected to persecution or serious discrimination because of their religion. How to protect Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) both in international relations and at domestic level?
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.
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.
The Mediterranean region navigates troubled waters. The conflict in Syria, the Libyan crisis, the threat of the so–called Islamic State (IS), migration flows and sectarian rivalries are constantly under the spotlight. Beyond all these challenges, political transformations are still underway and continue to shape the domestic context of the North Africa and Middle East countries. The workshop focused on the ongoing changes by shedding light on political processes occurring in the region.
In the past few years, the internet has increasingly become a dangerously effective locus of propaganda, radicalisation and recruitment by jihadist organisations, including but not solely the Islamic State (IS).
The conflict in the Middle East is generating such instability across the Mediterranean that makes Pope Francis’ words of a “piecemeal” World War III, unfortunately, an increasingly appropriate description. In this context, is religion only a problem or can it be part of the solution? Can religion be a strategic resource for diplomacy? How can foreign policy engage with religious leaders and communities to contribute to de–escalate violence, address humanitarian emergencies and build peace?
ISPI organizes in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel in Italy a lecture on the role of social media in the Middle East. Social media have become an important tool in the dynamics of Middle Eastern politics. Internet access has dramatically increased over the last years and all the stakeholders make use of it for political purposes. The social revolts known as “Arab Spring” were mostly boosted by civil society’s activism on internet, as well as the Islamic State makes a huge use of social media in order to spread its propaganda. What is the role of social media in the Middle East?
ISPI is organizing in collaboration with US Consulate General in Milan a lecture by Prof. Gawdat Bahgat, among the most authoritative scholars on Middle Eastern Studies. The lecture will revolve around the new regional challenges, specifically addressing the following issues: How did the Iranian Deal impact the ongoing relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia? And how will it affect the Iran/Saudi Arabia relations in the future? Should the United States be interested in the Persian Gulf again?