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March/April 2016

THE RETURN OF THE AYATOLLAHS

The new Eastwest. From March 1st at newsagents, bookshops and online in digital format.

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After almost 40 years of international isolation, Iran and its Ayatollahs are back in business and can play an important role on the global diplomatic scene as a potential strategic partner for the West in the management of the Middle Eastern crisis. The 'rehabilitation' of the Shi'ite regime could have serious repercussions on the regional balance of power. The Islamic enclaves areanalysed from various points of view.

The European Union must recalibrate its compass to negotiate the storms brewing on the horizon. Will Nato still be called upon to protect the Union's borders? An answer is needed, now….

Europe

A leading figure in Italy and Europe, Emma Bonino gives an exclusive interview to Eastwest with original and in-depth assessments of the European Union, its leaders and its borders. A close look at the financial and production systems of the German juggernaut, sturdy but by no means perfect. Spain suddenly has to come to terms with the multi-party politics fostered by the generation born under democracy.

World

The monstrous US primary machine is now moving through the gears.Hillary and Donald seem fated to clash head on, though surprises can't be ruled out.

Ankara and Tehran face off in the Middle East while the young Saudi Prince stands his ground and African States must come to terms with their frailty.

Dossier

The Sultan's new frontier and the complex geopolitical framework of a former empire that now seems to be at the centre of all the crises and all their possible solutions. Perhaps too much of a burden for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, now weathering many a storm, who seems intent on returning to the Kemalist "first love", the Kurdish obsession. 

SUMMARY


All the articles in this number.

How can the return of the ayatollahs to the concert of civil nations not be considered the best news of the year? For the time being, the Israeli and Republican gloom merchants have been wrong.

 

 

Many oppose the military operations against IS because no one knows what to do afterwards. We clear up some fundamental issues: on the one hand, the intra-Islamic religious conflict; on the other, the new Iranian ruling class, a leading player in the region.

Jihadism dates back to the ’20s, a period when totalitarianism was not restricted to Islamic contexts. For various historical reasons it comes to a head in the 2000s and feeds on the powers that oppose it.

Iran and the Wahhabis are still quarrelling and now even the Sunni giants – Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey – are making waves. And it’s not just a question of their foreign policies.

back The historical, religious and geopolitical issues that keep the Middle East off-kilter.

The US’ withdrawal from the Middle Eastern theatre is not just linked to oil. Economic and political reasons explain this change in approach.

Sweden and Denmark suspend Schengen

Following Germany, Austria, Norway and France, Sweden and Denmark have now also resumed border controls.

In Paris, 195 countries met to sign an agreement to curb global warming. The challenge is a titanic one: saving the planet.

The EU is wavering (even) in the face of the terrorist threat. One of the founding values is now at risk: the free circulation of people.

In July a NATO summit will be held in Warsaw. This is a chance to prove that it’s ready to defend member states from all threats, wherever they hail from.

The Great Alliance seems to be toiling to keep up with a constantly changing world, as it works on its geographical expansion without updating its military or political strategies.

The reputation of the German financial system is at stake. To compete with the Americans and stem the drop in ratings, its governance must set itself free from its political shackles.

The emissions scandal could undermine the image of Europe as a whole.

After the last elections, the country finds itself in a predicament it’s never had to face in recent times. A ‘new politics’ headed towards pluralism, unthinkable for the generation born under Francoism.

Pope Francis is increasingly determined to promote harmony among churches through dialogue with Moscow, but he can’t forget Middle Eastern counterparts.

The European Union is working to promote peace, stability and prosperity at its borders. The neighbourhood policy is dead but must be revived.

 
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