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by Giulia Nembrini

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At first glance, Fahima, Antoinette, Lina, Rania, Kinda are just Arabic names to us, mere symbols of a nation that is slowly fading away. In fact, those are the names of normal women from Aleppo who are facing unimaginable struggles daily,to provide for their families’ basic needs, feckless people in the larger game played by the major powers involved in the conflict. These are their stories and their everyday lives


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by Gregorio Baggiani

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The war in Syria is not to be explained only by the political infighting in the country between the Alawites and the Sunni majority, but also by an important energy deal between Russia and Iran. Both the countries intend to steer the energy market in the Middle East and the Gulf region, substantially influencing the price of gas and crude oil on the world markets against other potential competitors in the sector. On the other hand, Turkey's strategy is to become an energy hub with Russia’s help too, also on the aftermath of its difficult relations with the US and the EU after the failed  military coup that has drifted the West and Turkey further apart. In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Gregorio Baggiani analyses the situation pointing out all the geopolitical implications and the economical strategies



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by Idrees Mohammed

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In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Idrees Mohammed argues that the struggle for Syria is largely related to the pipeline politics and gas geopolitics. The United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have supported the removal of Assad; however, Russia, Iran, and Iraq have supported Assad to remain in power. Both of those who are for and against the removal of Assad have opposite interests that are related to pipelines and gas market. The former group looks for a friendly post-Assad regime that will facilitate their objective; the latter group is just entirely against this scenario. Idrees Mohammed is an expert in International Relations and Kurdish affairs. His MA thesis was on Turkey's policy towards Kurdistan Region. He is a PhD candidate at University of Erfurt, Germany. He was a former lecturer in International Relations at University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region



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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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by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)

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According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syria's 5-years war has killed more than 250,000 people, with half of the population estimated to have fled its hometown. Refugees have been flowing across the neighbouring countries' boundaries, and those dangerous crossings are the subject of "Border", an Italian movie about Syria's Civil War which was diplayed at the 2016 Italian Film Festival in Scotland. "Border" has given voice and visibility to a tragedy which is still ongoing but always forgotten, and this is the strong point and the added value of this Italian film directed by Alessio Cremonini

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Epos converses with Emmanuel Dupuy

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, French President François Hollande called for legislative reforms that would expand the country’s ability to fight terrorism both at home and abroad. He appealed for amendments to the Constitution that would create "an appropriate tool we can use without having to resort to the state of emergency". In the light of the fact that President Hollande sought to extend the current state of emergency, we wonder: what is the line between collective security and individual liberty? In the following exclusive interview for EPOS, Emmanuel Dupuy tries to answer this hard question. Expert in security issues and geopolitics of the Mediterranean region, Dupuy is the President of Paris-based institute IPSE, Institut Prospective et Sécurité en Europe. In the interview, he focuses on the security aspects of the issues, and he analyses accurately the debate on the traditional democratic guarantees that could be affected and be jeopardized after the latest event

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Epos converses with Fadi Elhusseini

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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What is happening in the Middle East? Why the MENA region is at the forefront of international politics now more than ever? EPOS has interviewed Fadi Elhusseini, Political and Media Counselor, and associate fellow researcher at the Institute for Middle East Studies Canada, asking him to analyse and comment the crisis in the region from a geopolitical point of view. In the following exclusive interview for EPOS, Elhusseini focuses on the focal factors of the Syrian Civil War and the responsabilities of the US in the sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shias; he examines the raising of the Islamic State and points out the Kurdish issue; he outlines the reasons of the Russian intervention in Syria, and he gives EPOS' readers a new perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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by Giuseppe Provenzano

EPOS Insights

On Saturday 19 September, US Secretary of State John Kerry finally announced that Assad could not go immediately, if a negotiation process would require him to stay in the medium term. Most significantly, he spelled out what was unutterable even a couple of weeks ago in the foreign policy corridors: "let's do it with Iran and Russia". Are times finally becoming ripe for dumping the whole architecture of current US and EU policies towards Syria and resetting our stances? 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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