Articles

Article 01 April 2014

Ukraine crisis reverberates in Russia: the Caucasus connection

EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya contributed to OE Watch’s researches on security issues in Russia. Analyses of the Ukrainian crisis seem to reveal a possible military connection with the Caucasus....
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Article 30 March 2014

Migration border sets new record

In an article published by Swedish newspaper Göteborgs Posten, EFD Senior Policy Adviser Magnus Norell writes about refugees in Sweden, illegal immigrants and self-deportation....
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Article 28 March 2014

Here comes Al-Sisi, the new Nasser

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo, in an article published on La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, opines that Al-Sisi's presidential candidacy echoes that of Nasser: both are very charismatic men, oppose the Muslim Brotherhood and are against outsider intervention in Egypt (In Al-Sisi's case from the US and the EU)....
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Article 26 March 2014

Professor who failed to support Putin line on Crimea fired

Andrei Zubov and Aleksandr Konkov lose their jobs after speaking out against Crimean invasion...
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Article 26 March 2014

Tatars may hold own Crimean referendum

EFD's Anna Borshchevskaya reports that Crimean Tatars may hold their own referendum on whether to join Russia or Ukraine....
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Article 25 March 2014

Purge of the Muslim Brotherhood, a fatal error

Following an Egyptian court’s ruling of March 2014, which condemned 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death, EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo expresses her concerns about the problematic impact this decision could have for Mansour’s government, both at a domestic and international level....
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Article 23 March 2014

The Muslim Brotherhood claim revenge on Saudi Arabia

An announcement made on 7th March from Saudi Arabia claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood was inserted in their list of terrorist organisations took the Islamist group by surprise. EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo analyses the historic relations between Saudi Arabia and the Islamist group...
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Article 20 March 2014

Echoes of the past

Analysts draw comparisons between Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler following the Russian president’s speech announcing the annexation of Crimea on March 18....
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Article 17 March 2014

The deception of the Arab Spring and the increasingly unstable Middle East

EFD Researcher Giovanni Giacalone on the 'redefining' of the Middle East in the aftermath of the Arab Spring....
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Article 13 March 2014

Iran: women have been veiled for 35 years

This is the thirty-fifth year that it is compulsory by law for women to wear the hijab in Iran. EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo discusses that the hijab is used in Iran as a vehicle to subordinate women....
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Article 10 March 2014

The slow decline of the Muslim Brotherhood

Following the court decision in Egypt to outlaw the Palestinian group Hamas, Giovanni Giacalone discusses the increasing isolation of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East....
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Article 10 March 2014

West must do better on Ukraine than it did with Syria

Ukrainian protesters in Kiev last month, for their part, flew the Syrian revolutionary flag alongside the Ukrainian flag. The big question, though, is whether the West will see the connections that the protesters see – and draw some vital lessons....
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Article 08 March 2014

Egypt bans Hamas and Saudi Arabia’s Muslim Brotherhood

Giovanni Giacalone on the court order in Egypt to ban all activities of the radical Palestinian group Hamas....
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Article 06 March 2014

The inevitable decline of Erdogan

Giovanni Giacalone on the decreasing popular support in Turkey for Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP....
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Article 04 March 2014

Jihadists massacre Egyptian Copts

In Libya, Egyptian Copts are being persecuted and tortured. EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo observes that whilst in Libya simply looking for work, Egyptian Copts are accused by jihadists, salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood of being the cause of the ousting of Muhammad Morsi in 2013....
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Article 03 March 2014

The crisis in Yarmouk and the silence of pro-Palestinian activists

Giovanni Giacalone on the humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, Damascus....
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Article 01 March 2014

How Stable Are the South Caucasus? New Hostilities over Nagorno Karabakh?

In a monthly Operational Environment Watch commentary, EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya looks at conflicting viewpoints regarding Russia's involvement in a potential war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region....
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Article 01 March 2014

Putin keeps jihadists at bay and ‘saves’ the Olympics

Following the ultimately peaceful Sochi Olympics, Giovanni Giacalone discusses the widespread security concerns which had surrounded the games....
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Article 01 March 2014

Putin’s Proposal for the EU to Join the Eurasian Economic Union

In a monthly Operational Environment Watch commentary, EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya reports that Vladimir Putin, at a summit held in Brussels, after discussions on the political crisis in Ukraine, suggested that the EU should join the Eurasian Economic Union. This proposal, according to Russian experts, would mean that Ukraine would not need to sign free trade agreements with the EU, thus remaining under Russian influence....
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Article 01 March 2014

Russian-Egyptian Military Cooperation Highlights Russia’s Influence in the Middle East

In a monthly Operational Environment Watch commentary, EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya highlights how increased military cooperation between Russia and Egypt demonstrates Putin's growing interest in the MENA region as U.S. interest declines....
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Article 28 February 2014

Against harmful religious teachings in schools

Ahmad Mansour stresses the importance of German schools providing lessons on Islam, but also calls for the content of these classes to be assessed to prevent extremist and potentially damaging narratives being conveyed to young people....
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Article 26 February 2014

Ukraine needs support of Western democracies

Ukraine is confronted with an alarming situation, where democracy is threatened. EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya calls on the Western powers to intervene in Ukraine and support the country against the risk of civil war....
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Article 24 February 2014

Egypt: a Coptic Christian woman leads the Dostour party

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo underlines the exceptional nature of the Egyptian elections, which resulted in the overwhelming victory of a Coptic woman as leader of the liberal party al-Dostour....
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Article 24 February 2014

Religion and politics: a difficult marriage

The equation between Islam and politics seems to be accepted as a matter of fact. However, not everyone in the Arab world share this common belief. In the below article, EFD Researcher Giovanni Giacalone tries to clarify the difficult relation between religion and politics....
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Article 21 February 2014

Chaos in Ukraine. The chronicle of fear

EFD Researcher Giovanni Giacalone describes the Ukrainian situation, where several people have been injured in unrest in Kiev. Giovanni foresees secession as possible scenario for Ukraine in the next months....
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Article 19 February 2014

Middle-East eyes on Moscow, not Washington

On February 2014, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had his first visit abroad. His decision to visit Moscow, rather than Washington, demonstrates weakened US-Egyptian relations....
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Article 19 February 2014

The U.S. Must Lead on Ukraine

Increasing violence is spreading in Ukraine. According to EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya it is time for the United States to "show decisive leadership" and intervene in the conflict to protect freedom in Ukraine....
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Article 17 February 2014

Enhancing security cooperation in Western Maghreb

On February 18, Moroccan King Mohammad IV, is visiting Mali. The trip is part of an ongoing Moroccan strategy to use a 'soft-power' approach in dealings with her neighbors to the South and South-West. This approach is intended to pursue Moroccan political and business-interest throughout the region, but doing so in such a fashion that it is not perceived as threatening or intrusive. On the contrary, it's an approach modeled to extend Moroccan kno...
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Article 15 February 2014

Erdogan’s Turkey: from model democracy to repressive regime

In an article published by L'Intellettuale Dissidente, EFD Researcher Giovanni Giacalone discusses how Erdogan's Turkey is becoming more and more anti-democratic. This analysis follows recent censures, repression of freedom of speech and general abuse of power....
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Article 14 February 2014

The betrayal of the revolution, in Syria civilian mass executions

EFD Researcher Giovanni Giacalone goes through the events of the Syrian village of Ma’an, where 40 people, accused of being supporters of the regime, have been publicly murdered....
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Article 14 February 2014

The development of home-grown jihadist radicalisation in Italy

Changes in immigration patterns have led to serious problems of integration in several European countries. Starting from the example of Italy, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino addresses the topic of home-grown jihadist radicalisation in Europe....
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Article 11 February 2014

A mosque financed by Saudi Arabia is being raised in Milan

Building plans for the first big mosque in Milan have been largely discussed. It seems that the project involves Islamic representatives who are close to the Salafist and the Muslim Brotherhood. EFD’s Giovanni Giacalone highlights a further problem concerning financing measures for the mosque....
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Article 10 February 2014

Turkey, a living hell for journalists

Erdogan’s government is now far from being a model for democracy and modernity in the Islamic world. These are EFD Researcher Giovanni Giacalone’s words, which draw attention to the large scale arrest of journalists in Turkey....
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Article 07 February 2014

Beyond Sochi — Putin, Russia losing battle with radical Islam

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s reputation is tied to success during the Sochi Olympics and he does not want to fail. Yet the more security elements the Russian authorities put in place, the more they highlight that Russia is losing its broader battle with radical Islam—beyond Sochi....
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Article 06 February 2014

“Mum, I’m fighting for Allah now”

Around 200 young people from Germany have joined the civil war in Syria, but there are thousands more who dream of going down in history as Muslim heroes....
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Article 06 February 2014

Putin’s Olympic projections

Despite the sportive nature of the Olympic Games, the Sochi Olympics are extremely important to Vladimir Putin with regards politics. As EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya shows in the below article, Western participation to these Games would only support the Russian corrupted government....
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