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Saturday, 01 August 2015 11:21
by Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

In the last two months, Sunni extremists spread terror across the Middle East and Africa. On June 29, 2014, the Islamic State self-proclaimed its caliphate. After one year, in correspondence to the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, the organization called its supporters to escalate violence. On June 26, the same day of IS attacks, and exactly 5 years after the 2010 Ramadan offensive against the African Union, Al Shabaab assaulted an AMISOM military base in Somalia. Last, but not least, Boko Haram disseminated panic in the Chadian capital. In the following exclusive article, EPOS analyst Lorenzo Siggillino focuses on the issue of Sunni terrorism, highlighting the causes and the effects of it from a political and social point of view 



 
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 07:29
by Dr. Christos N. Tsironis

EPOS Insights

The Greek case is typical of dramatic changes in the conceptualization of economic dangers and societal consequences. Almost 6 years after the outbreak of the economic and financial crisis, the "saving" plans still suffer from faulty assumptions and half-hearted decisions with an undeclared albeit clear intention to create a firewall that only prevents the immediate crisis contagion without necessarily offering a sustainable solution. The greatest challenge of the Greek government right now is to ensure the basic social rights of the general population and to protect at the same time the democratic tradition of the country away from the dangers of polarization, populism, anti-democratic and anti-European extremist voices. But what the other European governments should do? The exclusive analysis and the point of view of Dr. Christos Tsironis, Ass. Prof. Contemporary Social Theory, Sector of Ethics and Sociology, Dep. of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki



 
Monday, 22 June 2015 21:30
by Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

The Houthis represent a serius threat for the Saud’s Kingdom at both the domestic and the international level. Saudi Arabia responded the menace by directly intervening in the conflict, leading a Sunni regional coalition. Why is Yemen so important for Saudi Arabia and its coalition? What is the Yemeni geostrategic value? In the following exclusive article - the second part of a deep analysis of the situation in Yemen - EPOS analyst Lorenzo Siggillino tries to answers these and other questions, focusing on all the elements in the game and all the interests at stake



 
Monday, 25 May 2015 07:51
by Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

Yemen is very susceptible to foreign interventions within domestic politics, as the country displays a high number of destabilizing forces combined with a high regional geo-strategic value. The Houthi offensive and the resulting Saudi reaction reinforced the national Sunni-Shia cleavage, pressuring local actors to slowly realign along religious identities. In the following exclusive article - the first part of a deep analysis of the situation in Yemen - EPOS analyst Lorenzo Siggillino focuses on the local actors involved in the insurgency, and outlines the interests of different opposition groups, investigating how their positions evolved and how the Shia offensive impacted on the local society



 
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:11
by Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

Under Yusuf's leadership, the terroristic attacks of Boko Haram were sporadic and mainly directed against local authorities. The group wanted to destabilize Nigeria and create an Islamic State. Aboubakar Shekau led the organization through a new course, characterized by the attempt to gain visibility and shock the global public opinion in order to diffuse terror and the "jihad". What has been the evolution of Boko Haram in the last years? Who is Aboubakar Shekau and what did he do? What is the current modus operandi of Boko Haram? What is the future of this militant Islamist group? EPOS's new analyst Lorenzo Sigillino answers these and other questions in the following article, which is the second part of an EPOS exclusive analysis on Boko Haram



 
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:44
by Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

In 1960 Nigeria became a unique independent political entity, bringing together people with different cultures, religions and traditional backgrounds. In the North, poverty, marginalisation and weak feelings of national belonging have generated conditions for resentment, expressed by the population through the factor that had characterized their history: Islam. The following article is the first part of an exclusive analysis on Boko Haram realized by EPOS' new analyst Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino, Master's Degree in International Relations, Master of Arts in Economies and Institutions of the Islamic Countries, and researcher about security, ethnic and religious conflicts



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