All posts tagged "Europe"

  • Balkan jihadists in Syria still pretend to fight – but the reality is much harsher

    The recent social media activism by some alleged groups of foreign fighters from the Balkans operating in Syria is just another proof of the demise and the weakness of those European jihadists who joined ISIS and Al-Nusra....

    • Posted January 28, 2019
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  • New risks and old dynamics: Kosovo’s Islamist radicalisation processes

    Analysts agree on the fact that, as its territorial dimension in Syria and Iraq seems close to an end, the Islamic State (IS) might soon retreat to a more classical terrorist approach, with foreign fighters returning to...

    • Posted July 13, 2018
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  • The challenge of para-jamaats in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Several issues are at the basis of the phenomenon of violent Islamist radicalisation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and most of them go beyond the sphere of religion and spirituality. A dire economic situation, high unemployment especially among youth, disillusionment...

    • Posted June 20, 2018
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  • 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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  • Serbia as the EU’s Western Balkan accession catalyst

    Those hoping for another wave of enlargement like that of 2004 will be sorely disappointed by the EU’s “enhanced” and “credible” enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans. Others are deeply concerned by the delineation of two front-runners,...

    • Posted February 12, 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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  • French intelligence collects evidence on Russian “invasion” of Tobruk seaport

    News about an increasing Russian interest in Cyrenaica is growing stronger by the day. According to a Russian expert writing for the prominent Middle East analysis website Al-Monitor, representatives of PM Sarraj referred to satellite data provided...

    • Posted January 22, 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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