Global Issues

Migration in the EU: a decision-making crisis

2015 will be remembered as the year in which the European Union was flooded by an unprecedented number of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa, posing an impressive operational, financial and organizational burden. While numbers have since decreased, since January 2015, almost 1.6 million people have crossed into southern Europe, with more than 13,000 found dead or missing...

The first Trump-Putin summit: a turning point with many question marks

The July 16th Helsinki summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will be a turning point in American political history and US-Russia relations. However, whether the effect on Russia in the long term will be positive or negative is now even more unclear as both leaders pledged greater short-term cooperation...

Engaging Russia: a gamble and its limits

The first summit between the leaders of Russia and the United States produced very little tangible news. Still, it ignited an emotional storm that reflected polarized perceptions of the world by American and Russian elites. These divergent worldviews are the real cause of the crisis in the countries’ bilateral relations...

A Russian conservative view of Putin: interview with Alexander Dugin

After the splash of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, U.S. President Donald Trump is now ready for another step in his disruptive diplomacy, a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Trump’s NATO summit: when drama overcomes substance

The 2018 NATO Summit will be remembered as one of the most tense in recent history. The reasons do not lie in external challenges or enemies, as the 29 allies once again showed convergence on measures adopted to safeguard their national and collective security. The drama, rather, came from US President Donald Trump’s negotiation and communication strategy...

Pursuing Realistic US Goals at the Helsinki Summit

The summit meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16 offers an important opportunity to repair the badly damaged relationship between Russia and the United States. A successful outcome would be beneficial to European nations as well, since it could substantially reduce overall East-West tensions...

Rent control: Russia’s state oil and gas firms

Oil and gas lie at the heart of Russia’s elaborate system of patronage structuring its politics and economy. Vladimir Putin and the current regime rely heavily on oil and gas tax revenues to finance state spending as well as oil and gas companies to provide billions of dollars’ worth of contracts to friends and supporters of the Kremlin...

L’evoluzione del capitalismo di stato nel gigante cinese

Il capitalismo di stato di stampo cinese è costellato di bachi e problemi. Ciononostante, ha portato un paese che negli anni Settanta era sull’orlo del collasso a diventare la seconda economia più grande del mondo, facendo uscire dalla povertà in tempi record centinaia di milioni di persone (i poveri erano 750 milioni nel 1990, sono 42 milioni oggi)...

Il collasso di Pdvsa, specchio petrolifero del Venezuela

Architrave della rivoluzione bolivariana di Hugo Chávez assieme alla compenetrazione fra forze armate e burocrazia statale, l’industria petrolifera nazionale del Venezuela è stata al contempo una manna e una maledizione per Caracas...

Il grande progetto di modernizzazione della Turchia, in stile Erdoğan

Nel mese di giugno, Recep Tayyp Erdoğan ha ottenuto una nuova, doppia vittoria simultanea. Ha conquistato la riconferma alla presidenza della Turchia col 52,6% dei voti, senza passare per il ballottaggio: e sarà quindi il primo a godere dei poteri rinforzati che lo rendono anche capo del governo...