All posts by Dario D'Urso

  • How stable is Bosnia’s instability?

    What exactly is happening in Bosnia? Since the end of the war in 1995, the former Yugoslav country has hardly witnessed a period of prolonged political calm, economic growth and proper state-building, with the three warring parties...

    • Posted April 25, 2018
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  • Bosnia: when poor governance meets returning jihadists

    A security crisis might – again – be in the making in the Western Balkans, with Bosnia- at its core. A series of established worrisome trends – poor governance, socio-economic apathy, high youth unemployment – is being...

    • Posted February 7, 2018
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  • As France falters, Italy gains more leverage in the ‘enlarged Mediterranean’

    Françafrique’s days look numbered, as Paris is finally confronting the limits of its recent re-engagement in both Maghreb and Sahel. President Macron seems ready to give up the legacy of his predecessors: the reckless Libyan policy inaugurated...

    • Posted January 5, 2018
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  • Haftar welcomes French security companies and Iranian-made drones

    While the UN envoy for Libya Ghassan Salamé is working hard to amend the 2015 Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) with the overall aim of preserving Libya as a united country, foreign interventions often keep spoiling such efforts,...

    • Posted November 15, 2017
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  • 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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  • Italy’s success in Libya might make Rome more enemies than friends

    As the migrants’ flows from Libya are dramatically decreasing, European governments are acknowledging the role played by Italy in curbing the phenomenon thanks to its deep knowledge of the North Africa country. Rome’s success was publicly lauded...

    • Posted September 1, 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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