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The Iranian perspective on the Gaza conflict and the role of the “Axis of Resistance”

The conflict in Gaza could lead to a redefinition of regional balances. Iran seems to benefit in the short term, but the Axis of Resistance emerges as the main loser. An analysis by Giorgia Perletta

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Is the Syrian front the biggest risk to Israel?

The presence of heterogeneous organizations, with different agendas and interests to protect, could make Syria the riskiest escalation point. An analysis by Daniele Ruvinetti

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Now online November "Close-ups"

Med-Or’s monthly reports are back: geopolitics, economy, security in the Broader Mediterranean countries

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Russia and the conflict in Gaza

Russia’s stance in the new international context and in the Middle East conflict. Potential implications on the conflict in Ukraine. An analysis by Giorgio Cella

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Italy and India: between ambitions and common interests. The importance of a strategic relationship

2023 marked 75 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between Italy and India. In March, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Italy’s PM Giorgia Meloni met in New Delhi. This was followed by various meetings between officials from the two countries, including a visit to Italy by Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. The importance of dialogue and collaboration between New Delhi and Rome is underlined by their joint interests, ambitions, attention to developments in Africa and the Global South, and by Italy’s new strategy in the Indo-Pacific, which are the focus of this report

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Med-Or presents its new monthly column, “Close-ups”

Med-Or’s monthly column “Close-ups” is now online: geopolitics, economics and security in the countries of the Broader Mediterranean

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Israel under attack

On Saturday, October 7, Hamas launched a violent terrorist attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip that left hundreds dead and thousands injured. An analysis by Anna Maria Cossiga

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Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni visits the US to tighten a strategic relationship – including for the Mediterranean.

Italian Prime Minister Meloni’s recent visit to the US confirms the importance of the relationship between the two countries, one of the cornerstones of Italian foreign politics, also from a Euro-Mediterranean perspective.

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Rome becomes the Capital of Global Food Security

From 24 to 26 July, Italy hosted the second UN Food Systems Summit. The event was a chance to reaffirm the country’s leading role in the field of food security and its commitment to strengthening dialogue with countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean. By Emily Tasinato

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Rome hosts International Conference on Development and Migration

At the Conference, Broader Mediterranean countries set up the “Rome Process” – a platform for more inclusive, global and long-term collective action.

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Ukraine, Sweden, the Indo-Pacific and NATO’s Southern Flank are the focus of the Alliance’s 2023 Summit in Vilnius

The Vilnius meeting was an opportunity for Italy to stress the importance of the Southern Flank and the link between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Mediterranean and the Indo-Pacific

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Libya: Latest developments

In a changed international context, Italy continues its efforts to stabilise the country. By Daniele Ruvinetti

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Military missions abroad: Italy sets its priorities and new commitments in the Broader Mediterranean

The Italian Government plans to commit to international military missions in several areas and identifies the Broader Mediterranean as a hub for East-West global dynamics

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Iraq: a pivot of Italian foreign and defence policy in the Middle East

Defence Minister Crosetto’s visit to Iraq was an opportunity to reaffirm Italy’s political-military commitment and to discuss new forms of economic cooperation

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Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s visit to Ethiopia marks new Italian proactive engagement in the Horn of Africa

The trilateral meeting between Italy, Ethiopia and Somalia held during Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s visit to Ethiopia highlights Italy’s intention to view this region as strategic for the stability of the Broader Mediterranean. Her visit coincides with the beginning of hostilities in Sudan, which threatens to unleash a new wave of illegal migration towards Italian shores.

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Libya at the heart of renewed US interest in the Mediterranean

US actions in Libya and the Near East focus on promoting the country’s political and economic stabilisation, countering the Wagner Group and supporting allies.

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The Mediterranean challenge

The Mediterranean represents one of the main focus areas towards which Italian foreign policy gravitates. Over the last few years, this region straddling three continents has become increasingly important in geopolitical terms, as the scene of confrontation between all the major global powers.

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Israel and Italy ready to take relations to the next level

Recent meetings between Italian and Israeli authorities further strengthen already strong relations. By Anna Maria Cossiga

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Middle East: Blinken’s visit to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank

A report on the US Secretary of State’s recent visit to the Middle East. By Anna Maria Cossiga

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The political and strategic significance of the “Global Combat Air Program”

What impact and consequences will the signing of the GCAP agreement between Italy, Japan, and the UK have? By Leonardo Palma

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Tensions in Central Asia: the unresolved conflict between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

During the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, new border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan took place. From the Caucasus to Central Asia, tensions are rising again in some post-Soviet countries

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Government crisis in Montenegro: possible implications

In Montenegro, the parliament's vote of no confidence opened a complex government crisis that could have several implications for the country and the Balkan region. By Antonio Stango

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Kosovo and Serbia draw attention to the western Balkans

Causes and possible developments of the recent Kosovo-Serbia tensions. The importance of Western Balkan political stability for European security. An analysis by Antonio Stango.

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Ferment in the Indo-Pacific

The Indo-Pacific is going through a phase of commotion following the outbreak of the crisis in Sri Lanka and the overlapping of relevant diplomatic meetings and events. By Guido Bolaffi

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Libya at risk of a new escalation

Tensions in Libya could escalate into a dramatic crisis. The international community is assessing alternative solutions, including a ‘mini-government’ to lead the country to general elections. By Daniele Ruvinetti

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The geopolitical legacy of Expo 2020 Dubai

From the Iran issue to the Ukraine conflict

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Yemen: are talks resuming after the Riyadh Agreement?

Following talks between Yemeni factions in Riyadh, the first important steps have been taken to get things moving again in the country. A look at the role of Saudi Arabia’s support in reaching an agreement.

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Blinken’s trip to the Near East

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s trip aims to contain recently emerged tensions between the United States and countries in the Near East, also in light of the recent Ukrainian crisis. By Anna Maria Cossiga

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Food security and the war in Ukraine. What are the risks for the MENA area?

The war currently underway in Ukraine could have serious repercussions on the food security of some countries in the Near East and North Africa. An analysis by Anna Maria Cossiga

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Ethiopia needs a negotiated settlement

The conflict in Ethiopia is still far from being resolved, but the beginning of negotiations between the two sides might be an important step forward for the country and the entire Horn of Africa.

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