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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...

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...

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...

EU and immigration: still a power game with no winners

In a recent interview, Italy’s new Foreign Minister, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, stated that reaching an agreement that would suit all EU member states on migration could not be more difficult than "having Eur...

Mexicans choose “AMLO”: now what?

Since Latin America’s return to democracy beginning in 1978, many middle class and poor citizens have found the old party systems unwilling and unable to generate sustainable and broad-based development. As voters they abandoned these parties in favor of outsiders who promised radical change...

Il ritorno dei confini in Europa

A quasi trent’anni dalla caduta del muro simbolo della Guerra fredda “discendono” nuove cortine sull’Europa, di cristallo più che di ferro per utilizzare una definizione dell’Economist. Barriere che rallentano la piena realizzazione del disegno europeo di unità e coesione...

Social changes and economic reforms in the Gulf region

Social transformations and deep demographic changes in local societies are altering the features of many countries in the world, including the wealthy Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates)...

Berlino, senza Muro e senza ombre

I festeggiamenti per la caduta del Muro non hanno fermato una metropoli fedele al proprio motto: “Avanti sempre, indietro mai”. Berlino, dove la riunificazione ha funzionato davvero e il ricordo della città divisa sbiadisce nei quartieri alla moda dell’Est, sembra condannata a un’infinita metamorfosi che la lascia priva di ombre e di memoria...