All posts by Staff Analyst

  • Russia’s ‘humanitarian’ intervention in the Balkans

    Russian influence in Serbia has been vehemently debated from a number of angles; financial investments (typically loans not grants), the latter’s failure to join sanctions regimes and joint-military exercises such as those of the ‘Slavic Brotherhood’. Yet...

    • Posted September 13, 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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  • Madrassas in the Balkans: “schools of jihad” in the heart of Europe?

    As the latest events in Europe showed, it is more and more likely for a terrorist attack to be carried out by a home-grown jihadist rather than an ‘imported’ one. In most of the cases, the perpetrators...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • Saudi investments in Bosnia: a gate to radicalisation?

    Saudi Arabia has a long history of involvement in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Since the war in the 1990s, Riyadh provided a massive flow of financial help, first straight to the struggling Bosnian government, then to a series of Saudi...

    • Posted April 14, 2017
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  • Is the UK planning a U-turn on Libya?

    Russia might not be alone anymore in throwing its weight behind General Haftar and the authorities of Eastern Libya in their struggle to secure control of the entire country. A paper published in March by the Conservative...

    • Posted April 4, 2017
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  • Syria: the way forward? An interview with Obadah al-Kadri

    Obadah al-Kadri is one of those men struggling for a Syria free from both autocratic rule and Islamist radicalisation. A medical doctor by education, he volunteered at the refugees’ camps on the Turkish-Syrian border before devoting his...

    • Posted March 4, 2017
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  • Efforts by Italy and Russia to stabilise Libya hit by ‘saboteurs’ fake news

    In the last few weeks, Italy has emerged as a pragmatic actor on the Libyan scene, fostering a fresh approach to positively involving Russia to overcome the current political crisis in the Northern Africa country. Moscow is...

    • Posted February 12, 2017
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  • Italy-Russia ‘special relationship’ could play key role in Libya

    With the takeover of Ganfouda – the last neighbourhood in Benghazi still held by the Islamist militias of the local Shura Council of Revolutionaries – Khalifa Haftar strengthened his hand as Cyrenaica’s military leader and Libya’s political...

    • Posted February 2, 2017
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  • Health crisis looming in Benghazi: medical supplies scarce for Haftar’s Libyan National Army

    As internal tensions continue to rise in Libya, the government led by Abdullah al-Thanni and supported by General Haftar’s Libyan National Army in the East of the country is facing a dire health situation. Eastern Libya once-efficient...

    • Posted January 17, 2017
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  • Making a virtue of Dayton’s external dimensions  

    On 9th January 2017, the Republika Srpska, one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s two entities, marked its 25th Republic Day, despite the country’s constitutional court banning the celebrations due to their discriminatory elements (the day is also an...

    • Posted January 14, 2017
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