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Friday, 12 January 2018 09:44
by Ilaria Bertocchini

EPOS Insights

Last October 2017, the Future Investment Initiative started. It was an event organized by the Saudi Public Investment Fund and sponsored by King Salman, in Ryiad, the capital of Saudi Arabia. In that occasion, Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of the Kingdom, gave a sensational speech in which he underlined the necessity for his country to go back to a moderate and open Islam. «Saudi Arabia wasn't like this before 1979. We need to get back to how we were before. We need to return to a moderate Islam that is open to the world, to all religions, to all traditions and to everybody». However, is this a sincere aim or a merely paying lip-service to reach other goals, such as a bigger economic development? In the following article by Ilaria Bertocchini, we try to answer these questions, analysing the context step by step

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 11:38
by Gregorio Baggiani

EPOS Insights

The Islamic revival in Central Asia represents one of the most important historical phenomena of recent decades. After decades of Soviet domination, the rebirth of an Islamic identity in Central Asia constitutes an important repossession of a spiritual identity and heritage by the populations of an area that until 1991 the Cold War had practically cut off from the rest of the world. In the following exclusive article for EPOS WorldView, Gregorio Baggiani discusses the issue of interrelation between politics, energy resources and Islam in Central Asia, pointing out the case of Kazakhstan with its geopolitical implications, economical strategies and "religious links" with its neighbouring countries 

Monday, 28 August 2017 20:37
by Emanuela C. Del Re (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

How can terrorists be identified before they perpetrate destructive attacks? From the United States to the European Union, the question is being asked; how the techniques for the filing and analysis of  preventive  and anti-terrorist strategy information can be streamlined. In the meantime, the terrorist escapes control. The panorama is, in fact, so vast and many-sided that it is difficult to understand and know it in its complexity. However, to intervene with the “preventive” aim, as the American anti-terrorist philosophy maintains, raises many questions in Europe. There is a need to reflect upon the errors already committed, improve the methodologies of the utilization of the data and, above all, know better the potential terrorist, before he actually becomes one, when he is still “our” very normal next-door neighbour

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:15
by Giovanbattista Varricchio (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

Prime Minister Theresa May have already made it clear, many months ago, that United Kingdom is going for a hard Brexit. Among many other issues that this event is going to boost or create, one of the most challenging is the future management of the unique land border between the European Union and the Great Britain, that is situated on the Irish island. What is going to happen in Northern Ireland? How will Belfast react to and manage Brexit?  In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Giovanbattista Varricchio takes stock of the situation, focusing on post-Brexit possible scenarios

Thursday, 22 June 2017 07:47
by Giulia Nembrini

EPOS Insights

At first glance, Fahima, Antoinette, Lina, Rania, Kinda are just Arabic names to us, mere symbols of a nation that is slowly fading away. In fact, those are the names of normal women from Aleppo who are facing unimaginable struggles daily,to provide for their families’ basic needs, feckless people in the larger game played by the major powers involved in the conflict. These are their stories and their everyday lives

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:45
by Giovanbattista Varricchio (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

NATO is one of the most impressive and successful attempt to create a collective defense organisation and, during its long history, it has shifted its visions, strategies and duties on the basis of the various kind of threats it was facing. A new question is raising nowadays: who is going to pay for NATO? In a summit at Newport, in Wales, NATO members were asked to reach the 2% of their national GDP in defense spending in ten years. Just 5 countries out of 28 are complying with this decision: United States, United Kingdom, Estonia, Poland and Greece. Donald Trump is demanding for more spending from NATO’s allies. What is going to happen if NATO’s burden will not be shared equally among all the members of the North Atlantic Alliance?

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