If it weren’t for the country’s vast oil and gas reserves, the last parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan would have gone unnoticed in Italy. This little former Soviet republic described in leaked diplomatic cables as being run as a feudal state in the Middle Ages, has just ‘re-elected’ President Ilham Aliyev with an overwhelming majority. The President’s party took 70 of ...

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Syria’s Predicament: State (de-)Formation and International Rivalries

Introduction The Syrian uprising, which emerged as a peaceful protest against Bashar Asad’s regime in March 2011, has transformed into a fully-fledged civil war. The civil war has so far cost the lives of more than 190,000 people, turned more than three million people into refugees, and damaged most of Syria’s economic infrastructure. More detrimental and consequential for Syria’s political future, however, ...

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All against all. The anger and the fear.

By Victor Matteucci 1.The crisis and the lost space (so far away and so close) The attack on the Twin Towers in New York on September 11 unveiled a new issue, as Zygmunt Bauman (Society Under Siege – Oxford 2002) explained. Globalization destroyed the concept of space, of distance. Today it is no longer conceivable a political and economic control ...

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Mediter and the wall of knowledge

by Victor Matteucci Dear All, I’am pleased to inform you that starting from now, this newsletter is sent both in English both in Arabic to all partners. In the next weeks, the website will be translated totally into Arabic.  In this way we want to improve our communication towards our network. Mediter network, founded in 2011 with the support ...

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Euromediter: equal partnership and shared communication for growth in the Euro-Mediterranean

by Tiziana Sforza, journalist and web content manager of The Arab spring led to a change in relations between Europe and the Mediterranean. At the same time, he also had the merit to put the attention of European countries and the mass media on the Euro-Mediterranean region. Over the past 20 years, the attention of Europe was mainly concentrated ...

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Euro-Mediterranean network for cooperation

MEDITER Euro-Mediterranean network for cooperation Mediter is the product of a European project but above is the product of cooperative efforts developed over many years of work by various partners working for many years in the Mediterranean region to reduce the imbalances, counter the conflicts, develop forms of solidarity and cooperation   MEDITER aims at establishing and strengthening a process ...

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