The Western Balkans – that is, the countries of former Yugoslavia minus Slovenia and Croatia, plus Albania – are faring relatively better than other regions on the edges of Europe. Unlike their Eastern neighbours, they are on track to become members of the European Union (EU).
The European Council is currently working on a revised EU strategy for Central Asia - which should be launched by 2019 - redefining its policy towards the region following the developments that changed its geopolitical landscape in the last decade.
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 policies
The Madrid Accords of 14 November 1975 ended the Spanish colonization of Western Sahara, sparkling a long conflict which, since then, opposes the Kingdom of Morocco to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario Front). 42 years later, Western Sahara remains, according to the international law, a non-self-governing territory whose de jure administering power is still Spain. De facto, around 80% of the territory has been annexed by Morocco, whereas the remaining 20% is under the control of the Polisario Front.
The EU is struggling to cope with the so-called “migration crisis” that has emerged over the past few years. Designing the right policies to address immigration requires a deep understanding of its root causes. Why do Africans decide to leave their home countries? While the dream of a better life in Europe is likely part of the explanation, one also needs to examine the prevailing living conditions in the large and heterogeneous sub-Saharan region.
The next 1st of October will be a pivotal moment in Spanish constitutional history in light of the Catalan "Llei del referèndum d'autodeterminació", which regulates the holding of a binding self-determination referendum on the independence of Catalonia.
L'ISPI e il Gruppo Italiano della Trilateral Commission hanno organizzato il lunch talk con Mario Monti, Presidente Università Bocconi.
In tale occasione il Presidente Mario Monti ha tenuto un discorso sul tema "L'Europa all'indomani di Brexit e del sessantesimo anniversario dei trattati".
By invitation only
Globalization and the shift of economic power towards emerging countries – especially China – has produced some negative effects in developed countries: growing income inequalities and the ensuing rise of nationalist and populist movements. In this context, how to preserve liberal values and practices, while understanding the root–causes of populism? How to enhance EU–Asia relations? And, particularly, how to further strengthen EU–Japan cooperation?
The lecture was held in English.
The event was organized in partnership with the Embassy of Japan.
Recent political events – from Trump’s election to the outcome of the Brexit Referendum - have somehow caught the world by surprise, and are contributing to a growing sense of concern or even alarm about the future of the Western world and, particularly, Western democracies as we know them.
Figure 1. Access to electricity and non-solid fuels in Africa (Source: AEEP Status Report Update 2016)