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by Ilaria Bertocchini

EPOS Insights

Last October 2017, the Future Investment Initiative started. It was an event organized by the Saudi Public Investment Fund and sponsored by King Salman, in Ryiad, the capital of Saudi Arabia. In that occasion, Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of the Kingdom, gave a sensational speech in which he underlined the necessity for his country to go back to a moderate and open Islam. «Saudi Arabia wasn't like this before 1979. We need to get back to how we were before. We need to return to a moderate Islam that is open to the world, to all religions, to all traditions and to everybody». However, is this a sincere aim or a merely paying lip-service to reach other goals, such as a bigger economic development? In the following article by Ilaria Bertocchini, we try to answer these questions, analysing the context step by step



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by Melania Malomo (EPOS)

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In the following exclusive piece for EPOS, Melania Malomo traces a detailed picture of the what is happening in the Gulf, pointing out the reasons at the basis of the diplomatic crisis in Qatar and elucidating the most relevant (political) acts that took place in the aftermath of the cut of ties with Doha



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by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)

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Terrorism is questioning the political and social stability of our countries. It is posing a number of a challenges to democracy. From London to Tehran, the main aim of the terrorists is to destabilise and weaken the State. The crucial issue to be addressed is the identification of those who are behind the terrorists. Saudi Arabia  is accusing Qatar of promoting, supporting and financing jihadism, and Riyad has severed diplomatic ties with Doha. Tension is high in the Gulf region and the winds of war are blowing


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Epos converses with Antonella Appiano

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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Antonella Appiano is a Middle Eastern issues journalist based in Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. She is an independent researcher, an analyst and a writer, and her researchers and academic studies include the Arabic world and the Middle East area, Islam, multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue. In the following exclusive interview for EPOS, she talks about the latest news from the region, discussing the Syrian conflict, the role of Gulf countries, the situation in Egypt and the position of Oman into the regional and international theatre. She depicts the context from the within, giving EPOS’ readers a detailed and thorough analysis of several issues

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Epos converses with Dr. Masoumeh Velayati

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

Masoumeh Velayati is a Lecturer in Gender and Development at Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education in Dundee, Scotland. She has a multi-disciplinary educational background in Islam, religion, and social science with particular focus on development, gender, and Islamic feminism. She has also experience of working in international development, as a result of which she designed, contributed and Co-ordinated MSc Programme in Development, Islam, and the Muslim World at Al-Maktoum College. In the following exclusive interview for EPOS she discusses the deal on the nuclear issue reached by Iran and the West, highlighting the strenghts and the weakness of the agreement and analysing the political, economic and social impacts of it on the Islamic Republic, across the MENA region and the whole World

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by Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino (EPOS)

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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)

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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)

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Sultan Qaboos, pursued by peaceful demonstrations, has taken the path of reforms. He is supported by his subjects, the Gulf regimes and the United States of America, and he has just thrown down the gauntlet to Iran for oil in the Strait of Hormuz


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