n.59 May/June 2015
MIRACLE IN MILAN
The new issue of East is at newsagents, bookshops and available in digital format from May 1st.
Feeding the Plant, Energy for Life, is an exercise in global citizenship now taking place in Milan.
But it is also an Expo for Business, a unique opportunity for business matching. The economic repercussions of the Universal Expo.
Not united yet hardly divided, the parallel action of Merkel/Draghi is making headway and SuperMario's political stature is on the rise.
The United Kingdom, currently lacking a centre of gravity, could be facing electoral fragmentation.
On the Russian Rollercoaster, Ukraine is rushing headlong towards bankruptcy like a moth to a lightbulb and despite the rouble's troubles Putin's reputation soars.
While the Greek double act seems to be going nowhere fast, the fearful question is 'what if they returned…?' (meaning national currencies).
The new diplomacy and digital intelligence are relying on narrative, an appealing form of counter-information to defuse jihadist propaganda on the web.
But it's not that easy, Boko Haram: Islamic terror or tribal insurgence?
In a time of transition, although Twiplomacy has joined the fight, Saudi oil and Kurdish Kalashnikovs aren't leaving the fray.
An online survey covering six different geographical areas revises the current image of Italy in the world. More appreciated in the East than in Europe. The Russians love it, the English are lukewarm. Asians and Americans are enchanted, the Great Beauty strikes again, but its critics won't be hoodwinked.
Read some of this issue's articles in full
by Gli editori
This issue's cover features the Expo Milano 2015 because it is the kind of event that will capture...
by Giuseppe Scognamiglio
Europe is increasingly addicted to SuperMario.
by Stella Morgana
More safety but less privacy for its citizens. The risks of mass surveillance and the doubts about its...
by Michael Gross
Dedicated to those who believe national currencies might solve all problems.
by Luca Borsari
Foreign policy develops its own language to gain strategic control of the web.
by Gli editori
This issue's cover features the Expo Milano 2015 because it is the kind of event that will capture worldwide public attention over the next six months until its closure at the end of October. Also because Expo opens its doors today, the first day you'll find East No. 59 on newsstands.
by Bruno Antonio Pasquino
The universal expositions (also called world’s fairs) are six-month, non-commercial events aimed at creating a platform for international dialogue among citizens, countries and institutions based on a relevant and universally significant theme.
by Kwame Walubengo
“Africa’s presence at Milan’s Expo 2015 is its most important to date. And it isn't just a matter of numbers; the real difference is the quality of its presence. All African countries, in fact, have their own national pavilion, either as a separate entity or included in one of the clusters”, says Filippo Ciantia, manager of the thematic clusters project for Expo Milano 2015, highlighting the importance of Africa’s participation at this edition of the world’s fair.
by Luciano Mario Bencivinni
Interview with Michele De Lucchi, the architect of the Pavilion project that will be opening during the Expo.
Europe is increasingly in the eye of the storm as internal and external crises tot up: from the future of Greece in the eurozone and the Ukrainian conflict to the policies tabled to oppose the foreign fighter phenomenon. This fact-checking review highlights some of the main issues.
by Romano Prodi e Giuseppe Cucchi
Islamic terrorism is not a unified international front, its analysis has to include the history of the various lands where they're flying the black flag.