Mideast Flashpoints

The challenges and contradictions of a new foreign policy for Turkey

“More friends, fewer enemies,” is the foreign policy slogan that Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced after taking office in May. As foreign policy mantras go, it sounds more like bland diplomat-speak rather than a serious effort at foreign policy thinking...

Prima e dopo il golpe fallito: la continuità della linea Erdogan

Quello che è accaduto in Turchia dopo il tentato golpe del 15 luglio ha colpito l’opinione pubblica di tutto il mondo; considerarlo soltanto un effetto o una reazione al tentativo di colpo di stato oscurerebbe tuttavia la realtà. ...

The July 15 coup attempt: the aftermath and Turkish democracy

What started out as an ordinary Friday evening, on July 15, abruptly turned into a night of confusion and dread as a clique within the Turkish Armed Forces tried to stage a coup d’état...

Il golpe fallito e le scelte delicate del governo turco

“Una macchia nera per la democrazia turca”. Ma anche “la giornata della democrazia”...

Il nuovo attacco jihadista a Istanbul e le strategie della Turchia

Stanno lentamente emergendo i dettagli più rilevanti – identità dei terroristi, modalità operative – che consentono di interpretare l'attacco suicida all'aeroporto internazionale Atatürk di Istanbul del 28 giugno. Il bilancio è ormai pressoché definitivo: 44 morti di cui 19 stranieri e 230 feriti. Anche la dinamica e la matrice sono sufficientemente chiare...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Turkish Prime Minister’s fall from grace

On May 5, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced he would leave office and his role as the leader the Justice and Development Party (AKP), many months before completing the four-year mandate given to his government after the November 2015 elections...