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Monday, 15 September 2014 13:55
by Quintin Oliver

EPOS Insights

We are at the eve of the referendum on Scotland independence, which will take place on Thursday, 18th September 2014. On the ballot paper, one simple question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?". The voters are called to answer 'Yes' or 'Not'. Quintin Oliver, who ran the successful YES Campaign in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement poll in Northern Ireland, is the advisor of Better Together, the leading organisation representing the parties, organisations, and individuals campaigning for a 'No vote' to the Scottish independence. In this illuminating article, the northern-Irish lobbyist and activist has drawn the picture of the current situation in Scotland at the dawn of the referendum, explaining clearly what might happen in both a 'Yes' or 'Not' winning



 
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:31
by Antonio Ricci

EPOS Insights

Italy, because of its specific geographical location, as well as being a necessary step to reach other European countries, over time has become a territory of destination for migrants arriving by the sea, using makeshift equipments that expose them to serious life threats. A real "useless massacre" which in 25 years has led to the deaths of more than 20 thousand people in an attempt to cross the Mediterranean sea. Antonio Ricci, Senior researcher and founder of IDOS Study and Research Centre, analyses the issue of immigration in the following illuminating article, which is an abstract of his speech at the discussion panel entitled "Immigration Policy of the EU – Experiences from Eastern and Southern Boarders" organized by EPOS at the XXIV World Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland



 
Friday, 22 August 2014 06:30
by Idrees Mohammed

EPOS Insights

The IS movement towards Erbil threatened the security of Kurdistan Region. People were panicked and large numbers rushed into Erbil airport to leave the region. The humanitarian catastrophe in Shingal and the threat of Erbil's fall to IS rang alarm bells worldwide. The situation is rather complicated. It does not look to be a short-term bottleneck. There is a need for a long-term strategy to deal with the situation



 
Monday, 30 June 2014 09:02
by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)

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In 1999, former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited Lahore on the invitation of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. During the visit both the leaders signed the Lahore Declaration to promote bilateral relations. Sharif and Vajpayee shared a vision of peaceful and stable South Asia. Fifteen years later, on 26 May 2014, Sharif was invited by the newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi to attend his swearing ceremony in New Delhi. What will change in Indo-Pak relations? Will Modi and Sharif revive the spirit of Lahore?



 
Monday, 14 April 2014 09:48
by Emmanuel Zawolo Suah

EPOS Insights

Like in many other societies in the world, in Liberia it was forbidden to discuss sex in the presence of kids or under age, but since the Civil War, the cultural and religious essence of sex has diminished. What are the reasons for this change in attitudes and behaviours? What are the relations between sex, belief and society? What do the Liberians think about sex and its new "meaning" in daily life? In this article, Emmanuel Suah analyses the issue of sex as a commercial act in Liberia

 
Monday, 07 April 2014 20:03
by Nicolamaria Coppola

EPOS Insights

Although less common than female sexual assault, male raping as a war weapon is increasing. It is used as an instrument of terror and group punishment, an expression of ethnic hatred and humiliation. It is also intended to emasculate and shatter leadership structures. Male rape has become a tactic of war, both in Uganda and Syria, where a increasing number of men has been exposed to sexual violence during the conflicts


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