All posts by Dario D'Urso

  • Why an independent Kurdistan could suit Turkey’s strategic interests

    As widely expected, the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) held on September 25th showed huge support for the separation of Erbil from Baghdad. What failed to take place – at least, for now...

    • Posted October 8, 2017
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  • Democracy in the Balkans: waiting for a new 1989? An interview with Jasmin Mujanović

    While not hitting the headlines as frequently as they used to, the Western Balkans still represent a flashpoint for Europe. Recurring authoritarian trends, incomplete democratisation processes, troublesome external influences and a fading EU perspective make the region...

    • Posted October 2, 2017
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  • An independent Kurdistan might still be a winning bet

    As it finally approaches the end of the hijacking of its own territory and State prerogatives by ISIS, Iraq is soon to be challenged again on its territorial integrity – and this time, victory looks more elusive....

    • Posted September 24, 2017
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  • Islamist radicalisation from Saudi Arabia: no more business as usual

    In the aftermath of the recent deadly acts committed by radicalised UK citizens in Manchester and London, the British government is preventing the publication of an own inquiry into the sources of funding for Islamist militant groups...

    • Posted July 23, 2017
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  • Is Turkey’s influence in the Balkans a matter of concern?

    During his first years as Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan spared no effort to re-establish his country’s areas of influence dating back from the Ottoman era. Such Neo-Ottoman foreign policy, who had in the former foreign minister...

    • Posted May 5, 2017
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  • The challenges of Islamic radicalisation in Kosovo. A conversation with Florian Qehaja

    In the last few years, international attention focused again on Kosovo. This time, because of its role as a primary source of fighters willing to join the Islamic State and other jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq....

    • Posted March 21, 2017
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  • Exposing Gulf states’ radicalisation push in Germany

    Just a few days before the lorry attack by the “Islamic State soldier” Anis Amri on a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin, the German security agencies issued a warning on the worrisome extent of Salafist proselytization...

    • Posted January 8, 2017
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  • The case for EU ‘political’ enlargement in the Balkans

    From the risks of Grexit to the reality of Brexit, from the migration crisis to the rise of populism all over the continent, the European Union is exposing all the weaknesses of its multi-centered governance, losing that...

    • Posted November 28, 2016
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  • The Arab tourism boom in Bosnia: a double-edged sword?

    During the war in Bosnia, several hundred Saudi-funded, radical Arab volunteers from North Africa and the Middle East joined the regular Bosnian army in its fight against Serb and Croats forces. They were formally incorporated in the...

    • Posted September 23, 2016
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  • Nord Stream 2 – The (bumpy) road ahead

    In the last few weeks, Russia looked relentlessly busy in showing her activism on all the foreign fronts she is currently engaged: from Syria to Ukraine, Moscow is rising the stakes, willing to strengthen her revamped self-perception...

    • Posted September 5, 2016
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