The Northeast Asian region is undergoing a major transition in its order—the fundamental norms and values by which states interact with one another. This order is shifting along three different dimensions—security, economics, and identity. Major challenges to previous patterns are occurring in all three of these but in addition, developments in each frequently are in tension with developments in the others.
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A un mese dalla riconquista di Ramadi, le Forze di sicurezza irachene continuano le operazioni per liberare l'area dalla presenza dei jihadisti del "califfato". Benché la situazione sul campo sia ancora precaria e l'esercito iracheno abbia subito gravi perdite proprio negli ultimi giorni, si tratta di un importante passo avanti nella lotta al sedicente Stato Islamico in Iraq.
Russia’s military intervention in Syria at the end of September 2015 undoubtedly strengthened and sustained the Bashar Al-Assad regime. For the first time since the height of the Cold War Russian military personnel were actively involved in the Middle East as a combatant force with significant political leverage to counterbalance the roles of Saudi Arabia and Turkey in the Syrian conflict and thus the wider Middle East.
The 2015 presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire will be on many respects different from the 2010 election that spurred the resumption of the Ivorian civil war. There is no comparable risk of violence and it seems likely that the elections will be peaceful, with minor sporadic incidents. However, the positive impact of the election on democratization and peacebuilding is questionable.
Police infiltration of political groups posing a threat to the British State and society has been the subject of intensive coverage by national media outlets for the past four years. Central to media stories have been some unethical techniques employed, and several controversial activities carried out, by two units working for the Metropolitan Police Service, namely the Special Demonstration Squad (1968-2008) and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (1999-2011).
One year after the annexation – or reunification, depending on the point of view – of Crimea, Russian mass media is doing its best to keep up the degree of patriotism – or nationalism, again according to the point of view – within the population.
With parliamentary elections scheduled for this Sunday, Tunisia – a small country unused to extensive English-language media coverage – is receiving a rare burst of press. This week's stories on the country have tended to reiterate two dominant narratives: (1) Tunisia is a country riven by a core ideological conflict between secularists and Islamists, and (2) disproportionate numbers of young men have left Tunisia to fight for ISIS in Syria and Iraq, making Salafi jihadism a central focus of coverage on the country.
Today Libya appears to be a country on the verge of collapse, finding itself in a chaotic situation close to what could be called a “multi-factional” civil war, albeit low-intensity. Libya’s parliament, elected in June, is recognized by the international community but contested by the militia controlling most of Tripoli and by radical Islamists who hold much of the eastern part of Benghazi.
Il 18 settembre 2014 l’Australia si è svegliata con la notizia della più grande operazione anti-terrorismo mai eseguita nel paese: "operation Appleby". Oltre 800 poliziotti hanno condotto raid sicronizzati all’alba in diversi quartieri di Sydney e in tre luoghi dello stato del Queensland (Brisbane, Logan e Underwood), al termine dei quali 15 persone sono state arrestate a Syndey.
Today, Wednesday 25 June, Libyans go to the polls for the second time since Gaddafi’s fall in 2011. The atmosphere surrounding the polls is not one of enthusiasm and participation. Libya is slowly but steadily slipping into a period of protracted violence, if not a full blown civil war. Elections were seen by many as a panacea but they may turn out to be a missed opportunity if no meaningful reconciliation is started and if a low turnout affects legitimacy.