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The Tunisian Riots and the Risk of a Domino Effect

By Silvia Colombo

Although the limelight seems to be gradually dimming over Tunisia, the true meaning of the Jasmine Revolution still appears to be questioning our understanding of the apparent stability enjoyed by many North African countries. This ultimately shows the short-sightedness of the policies of European partners that have for long regarded these countries almost exclusively in terms of the help they could offer in curbing Islamism and illegal migration without paying due attention to other problems and challenges blossoming in the shade.

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Cote d’Ivoire: Watching and Waiting

By Njoki Wamai

As the African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the US issue continuous warnings to the President of Cote d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo to step down, the former president seems ever more determined to stay. 

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What Is Worse for Israel, Attacking or Not Attacking Iran’s Nuclear Infrastructure?

By Massimiliano Fiore

It is possible that at some point in the next 15-18 months Israel’s policy-makers and military officials will need to decide whether or not to attack Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. That would certainly be one of the most complicated decisions since the establishment of the State of Israel. What political considerations would influence it? And, what short-term strategic developments would be set in motion either by a nuclear-ready Iran or by an Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear installations?

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Do Arms Races Cause Wars?

By Joseph Maiolo

Ever since Britain’s Foreign Secretary Lord Grey in 1914 declared that the arms race had made war “inevitable”, the question of whether military rivalry causes war has perplexed policymakers and scholars alike. 

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Israeli Greater Jerusalem, An Obstacle to Peace?

By Andrea Dessi

In the forty-three years since Israel occupied and annexed East Jerusalem in June 1967 the cardinal principal guiding Israeli policy towards the city has been that of ensuring it never again be divided. 

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Can Turkey Be a Source of Stability in the Middle East?

By Andrea Dessi

Over the past decade Turkey has considerably increased its involvement in Middle Eastern affairs. From the stabilization of Iraq and Afghanistan, to Lebanon’s troubled politics, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, world leaders are increasingly coming to terms with Turkey’s growing regional influence. While some view this Turkish “return” to the region with suspicion and unease; one must acknowledge that Turkey’s growing influence is being spearheaded mainly by the country’s soft-power. 

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Sierra Leone: It Did Happen

By David Bayon

Sierra Leone is a beautiful country on the bulge of West Africa. Coconut palms and flame trees line its beaches against some of the most amazing sunsets I have seen ever. Lush green mountains and white sands under pure blue skies reflect the three colours of the national flag.