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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 08:34
by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

Men and women are potential victims of sexual violence in the same way. Male rape is not worth less than female rape, and should not be silenced, nor as a tangible phenomenon nor as possible evidence. Sexual violence against men in conflict situations is an ordinary phenomenon: male rape can be seen as an instrument of war to destroy men who should be the guardians of society, and to erode the sanctity attached to their masculinity


 
Monday, 18 January 2016 19:24
by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

The hopes of revival of India-Pakistan peace talks received a set back after the Pathankot incident in the first week of January 2016. The Pathankot incident belied the hopes, and in turn weakened the constituency of peace and strengthened the constituency of spoilers. Pathankot happened after one week of Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Lahore.  India has demanded that unless Pakistan takes action against the culprits of the attack, it would not engage in dialogue. Pakistan’s position has been it would take action on the basis of evidence. What will it happen? What future for India-Pakistan peace process? Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, EPOS analyst from India and expert in conflict management in South Asia, has given his answer to these and other questions



 
Monday, 11 January 2016 11:15
by Federico Solfrini and Andrea Ursi

EPOS Insights

After the recent terrorist attacks occurred last Christmas, the jihadist threat in the Philippines is probably higher than ever. The Islamic State seems to expand its influence throughout the Filipino jihadist galaxy. However, it is more likely that the allegiance to the Islamic State pledged by many radical groups is technically an opportunistic path rather than an act of faith. In the following exclusive article Federico Solfrini, an MA student in Economics and Institutions in Islamic Countries at LUISS Guido Carli University, and Andrea Ursi, a researcher on jihadism and on the jihadist groups in the Middle East, Europe and Southeast Asia, analyse the origin, the raise and the fragmentation, the so-called feudalism, of the jihadist radicalism in the Philippines, giving EPOS' readers a deep and complete view of the issue



 
Monday, 23 November 2015 15:05
by Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

After the fall of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan government split into two factions, resulting in an armed conflict between both sides and their allies. The country is now experiencing a complete lack of security and escalation of violence due to the increasing number of actors aided by their private militias. Escalating violence, as well as the absence of security and governance, have had a detrimental impact on the country’s oil sector. Only a few oilfields are still operational and some of them are exposed to high levels of risk. How important and crucial is the oil sector in Libya from a gepolitical point of view? Can The oil sector be considered as an important source of stability in a troubled country like Libya? In the following exclusive article, Lorenzo Siggillino tries to answer these and other questions, giving EPOS' readers a thorough overview on the issues



 
Sunday, 27 September 2015 10:29
by Giuseppe Provenzano

EPOS Insights

On Saturday 19 September, US Secretary of State John Kerry finally announced that Assad could not go immediately, if a negotiation process would require him to stay in the medium term. Most significantly, he spelled out what was unutterable even a couple of weeks ago in the foreign policy corridors: "let's do it with Iran and Russia". Are times finally becoming ripe for dumping the whole architecture of current US and EU policies towards Syria and resetting our stances? In this exclusive article for EPOS, Giuseppe Provenzano, an MA student at the School of Government at LUISS University and expert in MENA affairs and "Shia Crescent" issues, focuses on the question giving our readers an interesting point of view



 
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 15:16
by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

Pakistan’s National Security Advisor (NSA) called off the meeting with his Indian counterpart scheduled for 23 August 2015 at New Delhi. The agreement stipulated that the NSAs would meet to discuss all issues related to terrorism: while India insisted that both the countries must abide by the agreement, Pakistan insisted on expanding the agenda of the talks. Pakistan contended that the talks should be without any conditions and the agenda should include Kashmir. India argued that the composite dialogue can be resumed in a peaceful atmosphere and Kashmir cannot be part of the NSA level talks. Why? In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra discusses the issue deeply, and gives EPOS readers an illuminating point of view on the question



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