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by Gregorio Baggiani

EPOS Insights

The Islamic revival in Central Asia represents one of the most important historical phenomena of recent decades. After decades of Soviet domination, the rebirth of an Islamic identity in Central Asia constitutes an important repossession of a spiritual identity and heritage by the populations of an area that until 1991 the Cold War had practically cut off from the rest of the world. In the following exclusive article for EPOS WorldView, Gregorio Baggiani discusses the issue of interrelation between politics, energy resources and Islam in Central Asia, pointing out the case of Kazakhstan with its geopolitical implications, economical strategies and "religious links" with its neighbouring countries 



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by Valeria Sforzini (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

Bangladesh is constitutionally a secular State but, since the Sixties, the secularist nature of the country has been put in danger by the strong impulses given by the extremist Islamic groups. Although the government should protect the believers of any religion and defend those who express their position against Islam, in the last years too many secularist bloggers and intellectuals that spread messages of religious openness and of gender equality have been killed. A chain of violence and terror is threatening pacific coexistence in Bangladesh and the survival of religious minorities. EPOS’ analyst Valeria Sforzini investigates and discusses the sensitive issues of the “sectarian terror” in Bangladesh in the following article



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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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Epos converses with Fulvio Beltrami

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

Fulvio Beltrami is an Italian journalist who has been living in Africa since 1993. He is based in Kampala, Uganda, and he has followed all the main events happened in Africa in the last 20 years. He is one of the main expert of Africa politics and issues. In this exclusive interview for EPOS, Fulvio Beltrami analyses the current situation in Nigeria, focusing on Boko Haram and what has gone on behind the scenes. He marks the differences between the policy of President Buhari and his predecessor Jonathan towards Boko Haram, highlighting all the actors involved in the battle against terrorism. He ties the fate of Nigeria to that one of other African countries such us Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, and he examines the effects of the European imperialism in these states. He discusses the concept of Pan Africanism related to politics, economy and society, giving EPOS readers an illuminating point of view on the present and the future of the Continent

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by Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino (EPOS)

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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



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by Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino (EPOS)

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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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by Giuseppe Provenzano

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After the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah war, all the indicators were predicting a rise of violence along the southern border in Lebanon. This has not been the case, while Hezbollah has been drawn in the Syrian civil war. How are the regional tensions shaping the Party of God? 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



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Epos converses with Farian Sabahi

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

The Italian-Iranian journalist Farian Sabahi is an expert in Iranian politics and society, and Professor of "Middle East: History, Religion and Politics" at Bocconi University in Milan, and of International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Valle d'Aosta. In this exclusive interview for EPOS, she talks about the role of women in the Islamic Republic, the challenge of Rohani administration, the problems that women have to face, and the role of women's movement and women's groups in the country

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