Ruth Hanau Santini

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Ruth Hanau Santini

Ruth Hanau Santini is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oriental Studies in Naples L'Orientale and Associate Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Europe.

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The windy road of Arab transitions and Europe’s weak hand

Once again the Middle East is taking a series of unpredictable detours where, seemingly, nothing goes as planned...

The Arab revolts, two years on

It has been two years since the first outburst of the Tunisian Jasmine revolution in December 2010, with turmoil having spread to Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain. It is particularly important to monitor emerging trends taking place in Tunisia and Egypt, as they represent, for different reasons, the two ‘role models’ of the revolutions and the region...

Obama’s win viewed from the Middle East

Most of the countries in the Mediterranean and North Africa (MENA) region stayed out of the US presidential campaign and avoided taking sides or expressing opinions on Obama’s first term and what a second one might mean for international affairs...

Europe’s potential and limitations in its southern neighborhood

In the post-Arab awakening environment, with rising political uncertainty in transitioning countries and an economic and financial crisis throughout Europe, few people expected the EU to rise and shine...

The limits of deterrence with the Islamic Republic of Iran

At the recent EU Foreign Affairs Council, sanctions against Iran were further strengthened, at the same time reaffirming the validity of the dual track approach and expressing the hope that Iranian authorities will soon decide to re-start nuclear negotiations with the E3+3...

Syria’s neighbors: protagonists and victims

The war in Syria has been ravaging for the past 18 months and has no end in sight. Despite what many analysts and policymakers think, namely, defections from key members of the regime and the security apparatus have been minor. Moreover, desertions from the army, in the thousands, have not altered the existing military balance of power favoring the regime forces over the opposition...

A slow Chicken Game: Iran and the P5+1 nuclear talks

The third round of nuclear talks between the international community and the Islamic Republic of Iran began in April in Istanbul, continued in Baghdad in May and few weeks later in Moscow on June 18th-19th...

Iran’s nuclear crisis: domestic, regional and international pressures

Before the latest talks in Baghdad between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the “P5+1” group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany), there were speculations that an agreement on the nuclear program was in the cards, given the constructive atmosphere since the restart of negotiations in April 2012...

The Syrian conflict and the international alliance race

Unrest in Syria has been ongoing for the past 13 months. It was initiated by 15 kids in the southwestern city of Deraa, who were inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings and openly mocked the regime by creatively expressing their dissent. When these kids were arrested and tortured, anti-regime demonstrations were triggered...

The Lebanese puzzle at the polls

Two of the rules that have come to define Lebanese politics during the past three decades were given a new lease on life by the outcome of Sunday’s polls. Rule number one is that there is no victor and no vanquished in the never-ending struggle over Lebanon’s identity. No force has been defeated in any existential sense...