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by Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino (EPOS)

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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 



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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



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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



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by Nicolamaria Coppola

EPOS Insights

The Arab Spring has so radically altered the geopolitics of the region that it is now necessary re-imagine the Middle East. The southern shore of the Mediterannean is still ebullient, but two years later the uprising of the revolts, what is the status quo of the situation and what are the expectations of the West after the Arab Spring?



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Epos converses with Professor Ibrahim Awad

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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Dr. Ibrahim Awad is a Professor of Practice at the Public Policy and Administration Department of the American University in Cairo: he has researched and published in Arabic, English, French and Spanish in political economy, employment, international labour migration, human and labour rights, international relations, international organization and regional integration. In this interesting exclusive interview he draws a clear picture of the Arab Republic of Egypt after the revolution and the election of Mohamed Morsi, also in a future perspective

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by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)
EPOS Insights

The killing of Maulana Showkat Ahmed Shah on 8 April 2011 besides silencing a voice of moderation in Kashmir, also gave rise to the prospects of hardening of the radical agenda towards promoting violent means for conflict resolution in Kashmir. Within a week of his death, the radical pronouncements have been reinforced, with the radical leaders demanding for plebiscite (dormant few months back), inviting outside powers like the UK to intervene in the conflict...

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