All posts tagged "Syria"

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Russia’s new drive in strategic communication

    When it comes to Russia’s hybrid warfare, there is much more than the ‘little green men’ who silently carried out the annexation of Crimea in 2014. The concept of strategic communication used by Moscow in Ukraine to...

    • Posted December 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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  • For Turkey, regional realignment is an admission of weakness

    The July 28th attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport put a bloody seal on the U-turn Turkey is making on its regional policy – pundits were actually quite fast in linking the carnage to the reconciliation efforts Ankara...

    • Posted July 14, 2016
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