Mideast Flashpoints

The dangers of homogenous entities: the Kurdish case

In the early 1990s, Bernard Lewis published an article entitled “Rethinking the Middle East” in Foreign Affairs...

La nuova offensiva della guerriglia afgana: obiettivi e strategie

La guerra in sordina dell’Afghanistan, un conflitto che ogni anno reclama un sempre maggior numero di vittime, è tornata sulle prime pagine dei giornali di tutto il mondo...

The long, unwon battle of Egyptian women

Six years after the Arab uprisings began, the status of women has not improved in most of the region. In Egypt, things are certainly lagging behind as women’s political, economic and social demands remain unfulfilled...

Le donne come arma

Se penso alle donne arabe, l'immagine che mi viene in mente, onestamente, di istinto, è una sola: queste donne dietro la finestra, la mattina, completamente coperte, coperte fino alle caviglie mentre tu, straniera, ti vesti, libera, e vai via: e loro invece restano lì, in casa. Dietro quella finestra, a sbirciare il mondo, fuori, attraverso una tenda appena scostata. Tutto il giorno...

Diritti delle donne ed equilibri di potere: il caso della Tunisia

Negli ultimi mesi, sia in Nord Africa che nel Vicino Oriente è stata messa in opera una simile operazione di rinnovamento legislativo per migliorare la condizione delle donne; in special modo, l’obiettivo concreto era quello di abrogare vecchie leggi che consentivano al colpevole di uno stupro di sfuggire la pena sposando la propria vittima...

Women in a changing Saudi Arabia

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” That is how veteran observers of Saudi Arabia, both inside and outside the Kingdom, formerly described the almost glacial pace of change in the country. That is no longer the case as has been made evident from the unprecedented reforms announced by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman since 2016...

Iran: causes and consequences of the recent unrest

Over the past few weeks, Iran has been shaken by what has been often described as the most widespread series of demonstrations in the country since 2009, which resulted in at least 22 casualties and thousands of arrests in a matter of days...

Jerusalem, back to Yasser Arafat's political vision: why peace is possible

President Donald Trump's decision to transfer the US Embassy to Jerusalem, despite the controversy it has raised around the world, raises the question of whether Washington can still play the role of sponsor of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process...

The Egypt-Hamas deal: a piece of the changing regional puzzle

On October 13, 2017, Hamas and Fatah signed the “Palestinian reconciliation agreement” in Cairo. The deal was brokered by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and high-level officials from the General Intelligence Directorate, an agency with a key role in Egyptian security...

Competing narratives and the Saudi-Iranian cleavage

The Middle East is at a new turning point as a consequence of a “mysterious situation”, as described by Lebanese President Michel Aoun, involving the Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri on the occasion of a prolonged visit to Riyadh and the mounting war of declarations between Saudi Arabia and Iran...