As every round of Iran nuclear talks unfolds, the negotiators emerge in public to provide variations on the same mantra: good progress was made; serious gaps still remain. With the end of March deadline for a basic understanding nigh, it is time to bridge these final gaps.
The Middle East is changing and Israel has new challenges to face. What regional policies does it implement? What are the biggest challenges to its security? How does Israel perceive the emergence of Iran in the area?
The discussion has been held in English
At this year's Security Conference in Munich, the European Union's High Representative Federica Mogherini named Ukraine and Libya as her top priorities. She explained, "In Libya there is the perfect mix ready to explode and in case it explodes, it will explode just at the gates of Europe. […] The combination of elements present there is extremely dangerous for us and for the security of the region"(1).
Israeli PM Netanyahu’s March 3 speech in the US Congress was a rather amazing political event, and one that especially to a European eye appears difficult to understand and interpret.
When Israelis go to the polls on Tuesday 17 March to elect their 20th Knesset, from which a new governing coalition will be formed, they will do so at a critical time in Israel's relations with the Palestinians.
National security is an ever-present topic in the Israeli domestic political discourse. So it is not a surprise that the 2015 electoral campaign has been fought over two main issues: security and the economy.
After a turbulent year both on the domestic and regional levels and on the eve of crucial parliamentary elections, it seems that Turkey’s ‘success story’ has waned. The Justice and Development Party (AKP), led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been the main actor of this success story. The ‘AKP era’ has witnessed profound transformations in Turkey’s politics, society and economy.
Today Turkey is a more dynamic and developed country than it was at the beginning of the 2000s. At the regional level, it has been able to become one of the most influential players in the Middle East. The AKP can also take credit for bringing the country closer to the goal of European Union accession, starting negotiations at the end of 2005. However, this bright picture does not entirely fit the current situation.
The report aims at analysing the main features and changes Turkey witnessed in the ‘AKP era’ as well as the reasons for the reversing path it has been experiencing on both the domestic and regional levels in the last few years. The aim is to understand whether this means the conclusion of the successful cycle or a turning point towards a new, but uncertain, era.
Egypt is one of Italy’s most important Mediterranean partners, one that is currently making considerable effort to prove its ability to combine political stability and economic growth in a region marked by conflicts and tensions. What are the challenges that the country faces in the run-up to legislative elections in March? What its economic and social outlooks? What are the opportunities for foreign – especially Italian – investors?
Following to the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Sa‘ud, announced on the early morning of January 23rd on Saudi state television, and the crowing of his half-brother Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Sa‘ud, the world has moved to understand nuances in the transition from the old to the new King.
As the dust and emotions still settle over the attacks by jihadists in Paris, there has been a great deal of commentary on the lessons we should derive from this tragedy. The focus has largely been on free speech, integration, intelligence failures, and the competing claims of responsibility by the Islamic State and Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). So what lessons should we draw?
A Matter of Integration?