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A tale of two dynamic cities – London and Berlin

Both London and Berlin have undergone major transformations in the past 10 to 15 years, having developed into the two most important cities in Europe. Although Brussels hosts the majority of European institutions, Berlin could indeed be considered as one of the (multiple) political capitals of Europe, since Germany has emerged as such a powerful player in the EU...

L'ambiente nelle città e la scommessa energetica

Se negli anni Settanta si diceva “tutto è politica”, forse esprimendo un’evidenza, ora si può dire con altrettanta chiarezza che “tutto è ambiente”. Sappiamo oggi che i vari modelli di sviluppo industriale, il nucleare, le abitudini alimentari, l’energia, l’abitare, e non ultima la demografia sono nell’insieme fattori che impattano direttamente sull’ecosistema...

Al-Qariatayn, dove in Siria governava l'ISIS

Di al-Qariatayn colpisce che è ancora tutto lì. Tra i detriti del monastero antico intitolato a Mar Elian (San Giuliano), buttato giù con l’esplosivo, spianato dai bulldozer. Nel bivacco di fornelli a gas, scarponi e rifiuti, sparsi negli edifici intorno: qui giacciono i resti dell’accampamento dell’ISIS: chi ci viveva se ne è andato in una fuga precipitosa...

Urbanization in Central Africa: contradictions and challenges

“There are no wealthy countries that are not urbanized, but there are plenty of urbanized countries that are not wealthy.” This eloquent phrasing by urban analysts Joseph Parilla and Alan Berube gives adequate context to the phenomenon of urbanization in Central Africa...

Russia, the G7/G8 and no looking back

The Russia of President Vladimir Putin will not seek re-admission into the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations just as the West will not invite it back. The other members of the former G8 expelled Moscow from the Group in 2014 (hence it went back to its previous G7 configuration) in response to the annexation of Crimea...

Un vertice a misura di Giappone

È stato, quello di Ise-Shima, un G7 molto giapponese, cominciato all’ombra del luogo più sacro dello shintoismo e finito davanti al rudere che a Hiroshima testimonia la tragedia della bomba atomica...

Hezbollah’s risky adventure in Syria

One of the most enigmatic gray areas that defense and security analysts have to navigate is the assessment of Hezbollah’s strategic capabilities. Yet, military power only partially explains the standing of the “Party of God”, and excessive focus on its weapons could be misplaced...

The Iraqi conundrum beyond ISIS

With the mentioning of Iraq these days, one immediately thinks of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). It was in Iraq that more than ten years ago the primary structure of what would become ISIS was born, and it was in Iraq that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s “Caliphate” was proclaimed...

La percezione iraniana della visione saudita

È stata accolta con un malcelato scetticismo, a Teheran, la divulgazione dell’ambizioso piano saudita di sviluppo economico e diversificazione industriale conosciuto come Vision 2030...

Saudi Arabia's changing path: ambition and fear

Since King Salman took power in January 2015, Saudi Arabia has undergone major internal changes. However, in the past few months, the reforms introduced in the Kingdom have been even more significant, due to the dip in oil prices, but also to the rising power of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman...