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, 09 October 2017 22:55

Epos converses with Professor Peter Antes

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

Professor Peter Antes is a prominent German religious scholar. Professor Emeritus at the Insitute of Theology and Religious Studies at Leibniz University of Hannover, Peter Antes has a longstanding academic experience in history of religions and comparative religions. He has written many books and essays on the main aspects of religions. Prof. Antes has been president of many associations. He presided, and is still participating in the International Summer School on Religions in San Gimignano. In the following exclusive interview for EPOS, Prof. Peter Antes talks about the relationship between Islam and beauty, pointing out what the Quran says about beauty and how beauty is perceived by the Muslims, especially the new generations

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

Monday, 24 July 2017 08:31

Epos converses with Dr. Pierre Berthelot

by Eleonora Lamio (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

EPOS has discussed with Pierre Berthelot, expert in geopolitics and professor of cultures and societies of the Middle East, the challeges that the newly elected President Macron is going to face in the next years. In the following exclusive interview realized by Eleonora Lamio, Dr. Berthelot analyses the issues of terrorism, the economic and strategic relations with the North Africa and the Middle East, the war in Syria, the situation in Libya and the European policy on the Mediterranean. Dr. Pierre Berthelot has a Phd in Arabic and Islamic studies from the University of Bordeaux III (France) and he is specialised in international relations in the Middle East. He is Professor at HORIZONS UNIVERSITY/FACO PARIS and Associate Researcher in Middle East Issues at IPSE

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