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Arab geopolitics from turmoil towards balances, stability and regional order.

Non-state actors have significantly increased the risk of disintegration of countries in the Arab region, while regional hegemonic competitions complicate an already volatile situation. In this difficult context there is a clear need to understand how internal and external powers interests can be reconciled. How to find a way ahead towards balances, some kind of regional order and increased stability. Security partnerships would be also valuable, when disintegration and centrifugal forces continue to represent a threat. Indeed, NATO is active in that direction. Post Isis is also a serious issue not yet addressed. …Read more



The Strategic Trends

The Strategic Trends are one of our most followed features.

No clutter, no opinions, they are designed for busy decision makers and answer hard questions: What is the direction? Are there alternative developments hidden from the gaze of other observers?


Partnerships in the Arab region

by Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo
Partnerships and cooperative security are a priority according to the current Strategic Concept of the Atlantic Alliance. As a matter of fact they are the only avenues…read more

The Syrian Conundrum

by Rajendra Abhyankar
Nearly 13 million displaced within Syria and almost 4 million knocking on Europe’s doors for entry. A huge humanitarian crisis with UN’s relief assistance going by fits and starts depending on …read more

NATO Centre in Kuwait, a good promise to keep

by Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo and Eleonora Ardemagni 
Surely, the opening of the NATO-Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Regional Centre in Kuwait is a good, long-awaited news. First of all, it is the first such presence in the…read more


by Julian Lindley-French
Future NATO? The visit of President Donald J. Trump to the new NATO HQ on 25 May certainly concentrated European minds,  not least over the issue of equitable.…read more

The uncertain destiny

by Carlo Trezza
The INF Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union signed in 1987 on the elimination of their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, is one of the pillars…read more

China and the New Middle East Security Arc

by Christina Lin
With so much focus on the battle in Aleppo, there has been little attention on the Saudi-Egypt rift in the media.  And along with this western blind spot is China…read more

Cyber security: a new chapter for arms control

by Carlo Trezza
Cyber has become, after land, sea, air and outer space, the fifth theater of international conflicts. The most notable episodes of an international use of cyber as a weapon were…read more


by Carlo Trezza
As a reaction to the sixth and most powerful North Korean nuclear explosion, to date, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted, on September 11, resolution 2375…read more

The Iraqi question

by Maurizio Melani
The State of Iraq was the product of the British will to control, after the demise of the Ottoman Empire at the end of first world war, the rich oil resources of Mesopotamia…read more

Why NATO Needs a New Strategic Concept

by Karl-Heinz Kamp
One of the core reasons that have made NATO the most successful security alliance in recent history is its ability to adapt to a changed political environment…read more

The strategic significance of the new NATO-ICI Regional Centre in Kuwait

by Jean-Loup Samaan
On the 24th of January 2017, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg inaugurated NATO-Istanbul Cooperation Initiative Regional Centre in…read more