Sub-national identities are politically relevant in many Asian and African countries, irrespective to their political system. The vote tends to be guided by clanic, ethnic, religious or regional identities, and political parties are organized along primordial loyalties. Identity politics is invoked to justify ingrained power relations or, for those groups who are discriminated against and excluded from economic and political power, to further their interests.
As have been explained elsewhere in this dossier North Korea is flexing its military muscles actively and consciously increasing the risk of a military conflict with South Korea and its allies-small scale or not so small-scale.
Nei giorni in cui la comunità internazionale si trova a fare i conti con le reiterate minacce da parte del giovane dittatore Kim Jong-un, tornano alla mente le immagini che hanno fatto da sfondo alla transizione di potere a Pyongyang, avviata nel dicembre 2011 in seguito all'improvvisa – almeno per gli osservatori esterni – morte del caro leader Kim Jong-il: piazze colme di cittadini nordcoreani visibilmente disperati che si battevano il petto in segno di cordoglio per la scomparsa del caro leader – nonché “padre del popolo”, “sole della nazione”,
The economic crisis is severely affecting many EU policy areas. Observers have been looking very closely at the distressing effects brought about by the austerity measures implemented by European governments. However, little attention has been paid to the impact on the foreign policy of the European Union and its member states. This "ISPI Studies" intends to shed light on this issue and tries to understand to what extent this general disregard has being translating into an increasingly inward-looking attitude of the EU in times of crisis.