Some analysts think that the power of the Pasdaran is now greater than that of the Supreme Leader and that the Iranian economy is firmly in their hands, with RAND Corporation scholars note on the contrary that the IRGC is a strongly divided organization and not necessarily a conservative one. Where does the truth lie? Established as a military organization for the protection of the Islamic Republic, over the years the IRGC has become entangled with the country’s political and economic affairs.
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The events of June 2007 marked the start of political fragmentation among Palestinian factions, revealing the image of a deeply divided and highly unstable political situation. On the one hand the legal aspects of the crisis show the nature of political deadlock, harshly positioned between external pressure and tough internal bargaining, whereas on the other the political argument appears to be more intricate, with no practical solutions in the long term.
Thailand has been in a political turmoil since 2006 when the elected premier was overthrown by a military coup.
Thaksin became quite popular because of his economic policies in favour of the poorest and the rural groups (that are still the vast majority of the population). In addition he was able to deeply change the Thai politics substituting a big political party with something like a program for many small parties linked to individual figures or families.
Vergil has experienced an unexpected revival lately. Indeed, his famous «beware of Greeks bearing gifts» [Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes] has been quoted or paraphrased frequently in the international media coverage of the Greek sovereign debt crisis – mostly to underline how poisoned, alas, the gift was. But is it? The specific reasons that prompted the crisis are well-known and need no further analysis here.
The question we wish to analyse in this paper concerns the case of the recent claims for compensation submitted to the Republic of Germany by former Italian deportees, in connection with the hard labour to which they were subjected when compelled by Nazi forces during the final years of the Second World War.
This paper will seek to do two things: Firstly providing the reader with an overview and an analysis of the EU’s political, economic and security relations with Japan, China and North Korea.
What does the EU “do” or does not do in terms of politics, economics and security with Tokyo, Beijing and Pyongyang? Are the EU and Japan doing what they have planned and envisioned to do with regards to Asian (and global) security or will their bilateral relations continue to be above all a trade and investment relationship?
Africa is back on the agenda of Italian foreign affairs. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini, visited 7 African countries (Mauritania, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt and Tunisia) between the 11thand the 17th of January 2010. The unprecedentedly long tour remarks Italy’s renewed interests in the continent. Issues such as terrorism, energy security, the strengthening of Italian investments abroad, development cooperation, the situation in Somalia and immigration were central in the meetings between Mr. Frattini and his African counterparts.
The introduction of the Lisbon Treaty will inevitably have a strong impact on the European governance in terms of power distribution among member states and EU Institutions, democratic representation of national interests and efficiency of the decision making process (especially in the Council). The Policy Brief provides an original analysis of these aspects and inscribes them in the framework of the current economic crisis. A first test-bed for the Treaty is represented by its ability to set the stage for effective “exit strategies”.
Dopo gli anni Novanta, con l’implosione dell’Unione Sovietica, l’Unione Europea (UE) ha iniziato a cercare nuove basi su cui impostare le relazioni con i paesi dello spazio post-sovietico. L’UE mirava a instaurare rapporti amichevoli e stabili non solo con la Russia, ma anche con gli altri paesi della regione.
Since the collapse of Soviet Union and the subsequent spiral of violence which has erupted in Chechnya, the North Caucasus has been regarded as one of the most unstable regions in the Eurasian area. The traditional demands coming from the region for national sovereignty, independence and secession are progressively being superseded by the emergence of a transnational pan-Caucasian Islamist resistance.