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Bouteflika after Bouteflika: Algeria's internal challenges and regional role

Three years after the Arab revolutions drove out dictatorships but could not bring in democracy (with the exception of Tunisia), Algeria held presidential elections this April. The controversy over the unexpected candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fourth term took center stage both before and during the election campaign...

L’aborto negli USA: diritti delle donne e discriminazioni sociali

Il numero di aborti nel 2013 è tornato ai livelli, molto bassi, del 1973 – l’anno della sentenza della Corte suprema nel caso Roe vs. Wade, che legalizzò l’interruzione di gravidanza. Eppure, in America il ricorso a questa procedura è sempre più un dramma sociale, una dichiarazione di povertà...

The stalled march to the top: career women in the US

There is no longer any doubt that individual women can reach the top of the career ladder in America - think Federal Reserve’s Chairman Janet Yellen and Pepsi Co’s CEO Indra Nooyi...

Middle-class women in post-recession America: greater responsibility, greater vulnerability

When the Great Recession hit, the term “mancession” was coined in the US to describe the disproportionate amount of unemployment affecting males. By some counts men lost more than twice as many jobs as women (5.3 million compared to 2.1 million) and they’ve had a harder time getting them back...

Stalemate in the Middle East Peace Process: in search of a way out

The US-brokered peace talks are close to collapse: Palestinians and Israelis are considering what will happen “the day after”. The latter is the title of a report released a few weeks ago by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research...

Salafiti e jihadisti nei campi profughi palestinesi: la sfida all’OLP

I profughi palestinesi, ovvero coloro che si considerano i discendenti dei palestinesi provenienti da località conquistate o assegnate allo Stato di Israele nel 1948, ammontano oggi a circa cinque milioni di persone sparse tra Cisgiordania, Striscia di Gaza e Paesi arabi limitrofi (Siria, Giordania e Libano in primis)...

Western foreign fighters in Syria: what they really want

Early this spring, French police arrested a 23-year old man on suspicion of organizing a terrorist attack. The suspect had close to a kilogram of explosives in his house, as well as bomb-making manuals and bolts and nails which are typically used in attacks to increase the lethality of the explosives. The police believed a terrorist attack was “imminent”...

La spaccatura nel jihadismo internazionale: ISIS contro Al-Nusra in Siria

“I nostri cuori e quelli della Umma sono rammaricati per lo scontro fra mujaheddin in Siria...

Al-Azhar University: a torn actor in the new Egyptian transition

“An independent Islamic institution, with exclusive autonomy over its own affairs, responsible for preaching Islam, theology and the Arabic language in Egypt and the world”. These words are taken from the new Egyptian Constitution, and they describe Al-Azhar as a key actor in the “new” Egypt. Despite this central formal role, however, Al-Azhar appears as a deeply divided institution...

I rischi per Hezbollah nella vicenda siriana

Con l’esacerbarsi del conflitto siriano tra i lealisti del regime di Bashar al-Assad e gli insorti, la presenza di Hezbollah in Siria a sostegno del raìs di Damasco è cresciuta progressivamente sul terreno. Questo ha reso il partito sciita libanese un attore a pieno titolo nella guerra siriana, e dunque anche un target specifico per i suoi oppositori...