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Rebordering Europe: a dangerously contagious lose-lose game

Summer is kicking in, and navigation in the Mediterranean becomes more pleasant for some, slightly less dangerous for others. With migration pressure on the rise, the political temperature is also increasing. Nothing new, unfortunately. But this year, this tragic routine is taking an even more vicious and threatening turn. ...

Il fattore della politica estera nel voto turco

Il detto di Henry Kissinger, secondo cui in alcuni paesi non esiste politica estera ma solo politica interna, è quanto mai attuale in riferimento alle elezioni turche del 24 giugno...

Two US yardsticks on denuclearization: why Israel’s zest could be short-lived

Not too long ago, Tehran and Pyongyang were close allies in their quest to acquire nuclear weapons and represented a twin threat to Washington, but the historical US-North Korea summit of June 12 seems to have put an end to this cooperation...

Trump’s Korea diplomacy as a big gamble

Observers of American diplomacy with North Korea over the last 18 months could be forgiven for suffering from a case of severe whiplash...

The U.S.-North Korea summit: Some daunting obstacles

The on-again, off-again summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is on again. However, crucial conditions must be met for the event to become anything other than a brief photo opportunity that later descends into an exchange of vitriol...

Il 1968 americano visto dal 2018: un’eredità di martiri, patriottismo costituzionale e paura del futuro

Siamo arrivati ai 50 anni del ’68 americano: il Vietnam, gli assassinii di Martin Luther King e Bob Kennedy, i riot e i loro morti, l’emersione dei baby boomer, il Civil Rights Act, l’ultimo anno di Lyndon Johnson, il primo squillo del backlash conservatore del sistema politico americano (la vittoria di Richard Nixon alle elezioni presidenziali)...

The long wave of 1968

When we think of 1968 today, the first things that come to mind are the student movements, protests against the Vietnam War, and a new social consciousness...

Understanding the external constraints for the new Italian government

The new Italian government led by the Five Star Movement and the League is the first (self-styled) anti-establishment government in a major European country. The government’s goal is to bring “change” by setting Italy free of the economic and political constraints that have, in their view, tipped the balance in favor of the elite and against  the people...

Saudi Arabia vs Iran: Riyadh eyes Iraq’s rebalancing

The US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, coupled with Iraq’s recent election results, offer Saudi Arabia an opportunity to regain leverage in the Middle East vis-à-vis Teheran. At the same time, Iran maintains its strong influence in Lebanese politics thanks to Hezbollah’s electoral performance...

Maduro’s re-election and the US reaction

Venezuela’s election on May 20th drew world attention, not simply to what is happening in the country, but also to how the US will respond to events in Venezuela. The country is suffering a disastrous economic collapse, and a political crisis that is generating purges within the government of Nicolás Maduro and violent repression of the opposition...