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

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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?



 
Thursday, 08 June 2017 08:32
by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)

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Terrorism is questioning the political and social stability of our countries. It is posing a number of a challenges to democracy. From London to Tehran, the main aim of the terrorists is to destabilise and weaken the State. The crucial issue to be addressed is the identification of those who are behind the terrorists. Saudi Arabia  is accusing Qatar of promoting, supporting and financing jihadism, and Riyad has severed diplomatic ties with Doha. Tension is high in the Gulf region and the winds of war are blowing


 
Monday, 29 May 2017 09:43
by Melania Malomo (EPOS)

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Wafa Idris has been the first Palestinian woman to suicide in a terrorist attack in Israel. Historically, the extremist religious groups have always preferred not to train women for suicide attacks but when in Israel the security measures were reinforced, it became more difficult for men to carry out terrorist attacks and women, who had always been less monitored than men, started to be trained as kamikaze. In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Melania Malomo analyses the reason(s) that push a woman to become a suicide bomber and she portrays a clear and thorough picture of the so-called “female terrorism”



 
Friday, 26 May 2017 09:33
by Idrees Mohammed

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In the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the Kurdish de facto state, that was born in 1992, was further consolidated. Iraq’s new constitution recognizes Kurdistan Region (KRG) as a federal unit and envisions significant competences bestowed to regions such as the right to export oil. The involvement in international affairs by KRG takes into question the realists’ view that states are the only units in world politics. A group of characteristics make Kurdistan Region an attracted factor in states’ strategy towards the Middle East. In the following exclusive article for EPOS WorldView, PhD candidate and EPOS analyst Idrees Mohamed analyses the role of KRG in the international arena, pointing out the most relevant aspects of the Kurdish issue



 
Monday, 22 May 2017 07:58
by Eleonora Lamio & Giovanbattista Varricchio (EPOS)

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The defeat of Marine Le Pen in the French presidential elections opens a large debate on the theme of populism, nationalism and the future of this kind of Parties in Europe. The choice that French citizens made by electing Macron instead of Madame Le Pen shows, once again after the Dutch elections, that populist parties may sometimes be over estimated. Are the European populist parties a real political power or a false myth? Are they a homogeneous phenomenon or not? In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Eleonora Lamio and Giovanbattista Varricchio analyse the issue of populism in Europe, pointing out all the features of the phenomenon



 
Thursday, 11 May 2017 07:37
by Melania Malomo (EPOS)

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"Hamas considers the establishment of a Palestinian state, sovereign and complete, on the basis of June 4, 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital and the provision for all the refugees to return to their homeland is an agreeable form that has won a consensus among all the movement members", the leader of Hamas Khaled Meshal stated in his last speech. What are the political implications of his claim? How will Israel, the Arab world and the international community react to the new Political Charter of Hamas? In the following exclusive article for EPOS WorldView, Melania Malomo analyses the issue pointing out the geopolitical and geostrategic effects of the new chapter in Hamas' history


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