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The EU and the Mediterranean: Between ambitions and shortcomings

Next week (Tuesday 28 May), I will be talking at  İstanbul 29 Mayis Üniversitesi in Uskudar (about 20 minutes walking distance from the Metrobus stop “Altunizade”) about EU foreign policy in the Mediterranean. All welcome!

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L’Egitto e i suoi Fratelli

Da questo mese, Limes diventa mensile e inaugura la serie dei numeri mensili con un volume dedicato all’Egitto e alla Fratellanza musulmanaLimes - Egitto e i suoi fratelli

Su questo numero ci sono due articoli miei: uno sul Sinai e la problematica proiezione di sovranità del Cairo su questo spazio “chiave” ma storicamente riluttante al controllo degli “Africani della Valle del Nilo” e un altro scritto con la collega della LUISS Meryem Akabouch sui percorsi politici della Fratellanza Musulmana in Algeria e Marocco: alg mar

Se avete commenti o critiche potere come al solito scrivermi a mediterraneaneye [at] gmail [dot] com

How experts see 2012..

2012 is going to be a rather important year for global politics, as there will be: presidential elections in the U.S., Russia and France; a leadership transition in China; the evolution/involution of the Arab Spring; the challenges faced by the Euro Zone and much more (North Korea, Afghanistan, etc etc). It is always interesting, at the beginning of every new year, to read and listen what experts say on the major challenges of the coming year and that what I usually do (at least since I have started dealing with this field….). Following, a list of articles and ideas on what we should watch out in 2012:

The Eurasia Group Top Risks 2012 Report and the take of Ian Bremmer:

The 2012 Perspectives of RUSI, with a video by Professor Michael Clarke, RUSI Director General:

An interview with Nader Mousavizadeh, CEO of Oxford Analytica, and his take in a video by Reuters:

The point of Fareed Zakaria, one of current leading American thinkers (and in my opinion also one of the most brilliant: his “The Future of Freedom” is one of those books that every political scientist should read at least once in his life);

and, last but not least, the map from the Political Risk Atlas of Maplecroft.

Maps can say more than words: Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Arab Spring

Taken from: AlphaDesigner’s project “Mapping Stereotypes, The geography of prejudice”

The end of the Israeli-Turkish strategic liaison?

So, if there was an award for the “diplomatic dispute” of the year, the rising tension in Israeli-Turkish relations would indisputably win the prize, although 2011 is far from being over yet.  The expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the freezing of military cooperation could seriously represent the start of a new era of geopolitical balances, changing substantially the strategic architecture of the wider Mediterranean, as the Israeli-Turkish alliance was one of its cornerstones since the late ’90s.  Following, some views on these fundamental developments:

Meliha Benli Altunışık, Murat Yetkin, Nuray Mert  and the results of a poll concerning the Mavi Marmara issue in Turkey on Hurryet;

Ali H. Aslan, Emre Uslu, Yavuz Baydar and a more general view on Turkish foreign policy by Etyen Mahçupyan on Today’s Zaman;

Soner Çağaptay on the Jerusalem Post;

The links between social protests, the Turkish affairs and the Palestianian UN Bid and another piece calling on the Israeli government to express regret to Turkey, “a small price to pay for such a strategic asset” on Ha’aretz;

and again: ORSAM, Carnegie Europe, INSS, Eurasia.Net.

Back online

Back online, finally. I was on a very short vacation in Italy for a few days but, after that, I had: a very limited access to the internet, then a little health problem and then some very important deadlines. Hopefully, from now on I will post regularly again. To start in the right way, a few interesting pieces I have read recently:

On the Diplomat, China’s visions on the Middle East

On Foreign Affairs: Bringing the Libyan oil online again, one of the most important challenges for the immediate future of the country

On the National Interest: Bruce Riedel on the Saudi “Breznevian” approach to the Arab Spring



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