Anche nei primi mesi del 2017, nell’area del Mediterraneo allargato permangono conflittualità e incertezze. La riduzione del controllo territoriale e militare da parte dello Stato islamico è senza dubbio l’elemento più significativo dell’evoluzione del contesto regionale. Tuttavia, al di là del contesto sirio–iracheno, nei prossimi mesi importanti consultazioni elettorali e referendarie sono attese in tre paesi chiave della regione – Algeria, Iran e Turchia – con implicazioni che in alcuni casi vanno ben oltre l’assetto interno.Questo numero del Focus, a cura di Valeria Talbot, dedica l’Approfondimento al ruolo dell’Unione europea nella crisi siriana. Proprio ieri si è conclusa a Bruxelles la conferenza co–organizzata da Ue e Onu sul futuro della Siria e della regione. A partire dall’analisi della situazione sul campo e del ruolo esercitato finora dall’Ue, l’Approfondimento ha individuato possibili linee di azione future per la stabilizzazione e la ricostruzione del paese.
Nel suo libro “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide (ed. italiana “Voci dall’inferno: l’America e l’era del genocidio”, Baldini Castoldi Dalai, 2004 ), che uscì nel 2002 e vinse il Premio Pulitzer l’anno successivo, Samantha Power condannava l’inazione degli Stati Uniti nel prevenire o fermare alcune delle peggiori stragi etniche del ventesimo secolo. Come, però, lei stessa…continua a leggere
One theory for why ISIS hasn’t gained traction in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country
There tends to be more focus on why terrorist groups flourish in certain countries than why they fail in others. But Jonathan Tepperman, the managing editor of Foreign Affairs, has just investigated the latter question. In his new book The Fix—a series of case studies of government successes ranging from Canada’s welcoming immigration policies to Mexico’s triumph over political gridlock—he examines Indonesia, which boasts the largest Muslim population in the world.
And he makes a striking claim at a time when terrorism seems to be spreading: While small-scale attacks occasionally occur in the country, “The big truth is that Indonesia has come close to effectively eliminating the threat of extremist violence” from Islamic terrorist groups. Continua a leggere
Predicting Russia’s future is a perilous exercise. Many, indeed perhaps most, of those who have ventured to make such predictions in the past have erred in one way or another. At the moment the danger of getting things wrong is perhaps particularly high since quite a number of short-term uncertainties with long-term consequences for the European continent – in both Russia and the EU – could make the next few years, let alone the next decade, radically different. From regional wars, refugees and their impact on the EU, to the falling oil price and Russia’s infatuation with military power as a quick fix to its foreign or domestic policy problems – the strategic environment is not simply unpredictable, but dangerously volatile.
This essay reviews the current state of India-Pakistan relations and examines the prospects for bilateral and regional cooperation between the two South Asian neighbors. Continua a leggere
On January 14, militants killed four civilians and wounded at least 20 in a terrorist attack in Jakarta, in the first successful operation that the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has launched in Southeast Asia. For several months, security officials from several Southeast Asian governments had been warning that ISIS supporters might mount an attack in the region. The signs were ominous: increased chatter on Malay and Indonesian language sites expressing support for ISIS, a steady stream of Southeast Asians departing for conflict zones in Syria and Iraq, and the arrest of ISIS sympathizers in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Indonesian counterterrorism authorities had already received intelligence that militants were planning to mount attacks over the holiday period a couple of weeks earlier, which prompted the arrest of several militants and foiled a potential earlier attack.