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Il nuovo capo del Pentagono: cambiare per non cambiare

Due settimane fa, quasi inaspettatamente, il Segretario della Difesa USA, Chuck Hagel, è stato spinto a dimettersi dal Presidente Barack Obama...

The fearful white America that fails to understand black America

I know that America, I know it very well. And I know exactly what it was thinking when the grand jury’s decision came down in Ferguson and the country erupted in protest and debate. I know because I grew up in Missouri, in the opposite corner of the state where there are far fewer blacks and a lot of white people sympathizing with Officer Darren Wilson...

L’attivismo economico del Primo Ministro Modi e i problemi strutturali dell’India

Con oltre otto milioni di follower su Twitter, il nuovo Primo Ministro indiano Narendra Modi è diventato di recente il terzo leader al mondo più seguito su questo social network, dopo il Presidente americano Barack Obama e Papa Francesco...

India and the United States: neither adversaries nor allies

Relations between the United States and India have traveled a bumpy road over the decades. Throughout the Cold War, New Delhi proclaimed a policy of nonalignment vis-à-vis Washington’s bitter rivalry with the Soviet Union...

India: superpower or subcontinent?

No Indian official statement has ever referred to the country as a “superpower” – or even said that becoming a global power was a national objective. The last Indian Prime Minister, the low-key Manmohan Singh, once allowed that the country was likely to become a “knowledge superpower” but avoided any more hard-nosed references...

The age after ideology – India under Modi

In October, little noticed by journalists in India and abroad, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of India’s ruling political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), declared that it was celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of the coronation of King Rajendra I of the Chola dynasty, one of the greatest maritime trading powers in the history of Indian kingdom...

Democratic transition in Tunisia: elections, patience and a long way to go

The first round of the Tunisian presidential elections took place on November 23 in an atmosphere of strong civic engagement and great international expectations. The leader of Nidaa Tunis and a veteran of Tunisian politics, Beji Caid Essebsi, came first while Moncef al-Marzouqi, currently the interim President, came in second...

Iran e l’Occidente: un’occasione persa – conversazione con Emma Bonino sui rischi dell’impasse e le opzioni realistiche per un accordo nucleare con Teheran

Anche alla luce dell’appello da lei firmato il 6 novembre e pubblicato su vari quotidiani, assieme a un gruppo ristretto di figure europee di grande esperienza nel campo della politica estera, l’estensione dei negoziati decisa a Vienna il 24 novembre sembra un’occasione persa piuttosto che un mezzo successo...

Obama cambia il Pentagono

Il Senatore repubblicano John McCain – che a suo tempo è stato fiero oppositore della nomina del collega ed ex compagno di partito Chuck Hagel alla guida del Pentagono – contraddice gli spifferi che arrivano dalla Casa Bianca e conferma che Hagel era “adatto al ruolo”. Significa che la versione ufficiale data dall’amministrazione quanto alle sue dimissioni scricchiola, e parecchio...

The promise and the peril of the continuing nuclear talks with Iran

So after twelve years, including the last nine months of increasingly intense talks, the Iranian nuclear crisis is at last reaching its climax. Given all the time that has passed, all the deadlines that have been conveniently ignored, it is easy to forget that in the end this crisis - like all other crises - will have a definitive binary outcome: either a deal will be struck or one will not...