Linee Strategiche – 31/03/2014

by Marco Emanuele with Link Campus University
Linee strategiche ( Some news by The National Interest, Strategic Culture Foundation, The Diplomat, Eurasia review, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, Project-Syndicate: 
Failed Religious Diplomacy at the Birth of Israel (Asaf Romirowsky, Alexander Joffe, The National Interest),
– Syrians Suffer As Al-Qaeda, Chechen Fighters Pursue Their Own Agendas (Waleed Abu al-Khair, Eurasia review – Al-Shorfa).  In the past year, a plethora of press reports and video clips have surfaced on Chechens, among other Caucasus fighters, now fighting alongside Islamist groups in Syria. (…)
– Egypt comes full circle: The end of the Arab Spring (Toby Cadman, Al Jazeera). The death sentences for 529 defendants in Minya are a step back for democracy in Egypt (…)
– Egypt’s constitutional referendum has solved nothing (Sharif Nashashibi, Al Arabiya),
– Sisi’s presidential bid doesn’t unravel the mystery (H.A. Hellyer, Al Arabiya),
– Turkey elections: It’s time for reconciliation (Muhammad Abdul Bari, Al Jazeera). Turkey should continue along its democratic path as an example for others (…)
– Electoral victory paves way for Erdogan’s demise (Mahir Zeynalov, Al Arabiya),
– Say No to a Balance of Power in Asia (Jan Hornat, The National Interest). Many analogies and parallels have been made between the current power interplay in the Indo-Pacific and the balance-of-power system of nineteenth century Europe. This narrative is easily accepted by conventional wisdom, but it is necessary to concentrate on the potential implications of a genuine balance of power system in the region. Despite the Nixon-Kissinger proposition that “the road to peace still depends on a balance of power”, equilibrium of power in the Indo-Pacific may increase tensions and have adverse effects than fostering a benign and peaceful regional environment. (…)
– The road to Afghan elections mired by violence (Camelia Entekhabi-Fard, Al Arabiya),
– A Healthy Path to Chinese Consumption Growth (Martin Feldstein, Project-Syndicate),
– Brandishing the American Sword in the Gulf (Aaron Stein, The National Interest).  The Islamic Republic of Iran first began to explore uranium enrichment in 1985. The program limped along for close to fifteen years, before Iranian scientists successfully introduced uranium hexafluoride into IR-1 centrifuges sometime in 1999. Iran began enrichment at Natanz in 2007. And now, Iran has some 20,000 IR-1’s under vacuum, with close to 10,000 actually enriching uranium to 3.5%. (…) 
– America’s Secret Weapon to Stop Russia (Robert Spalding III, The National Interest). Today Ukraine is threatened by a large Russian force on its border. The Crimea has been annexed by Russia, and Russian forces are consolidating their hold on the province. Despite assurances by the Russians that they have no interest in invading Ukraine, it is easy to be dubious of their claims. Capability doesn’t lie, and intent can change in a heartbeat. (…)
– US Uses Ukraine as Pretext for Launching Energy War against Russia (Nikolai Bobkin, Strategic Culture Foundation). As it became clear that the economic sanctions against Russia are going to backlash against the United States and the European Union, the West started to study other ways to «punish» Russia, including bringing down market energy rates. Obama promised to start gas deliveries from the US straight to Europe. Many saw it as the start of energy war against Russia. (…)
– US Must Reassess Its Middle East Role (Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg, Eurasia review – Arab News). US President Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia (March 28-29) was a well-timed and urgently needed opportunity to discuss US policies in the region, in particular with regard to Syria and Iran. One objective of the visit was to ensure that whatever differences of opinion existed between Saudi Arabia and the US should not be allowed to weaken their strategic partnership. Equally important, the meeting was an occasion to reassess the situation in Syria in light of the failure of Geneva II and Russia’s actions in Ukraine. (…)
– Time for a NATO Non-Enlargement Pledge (Henrik B. L. Larsen, The National Interest). Just as the Atlantic Alliance was in the process of reinventing itself by ‘going global,’ establishing a web of political partnerships with organizations and countries around the world, Russia’s annexation of Crimea reminds everyone of its core purpose, the defense of its member states. But the Ukrainian crisis also calls upon NATO and its members to be emphatic in the way they engage other actors. NATO, for the first time since the end of the Cold War, must become accustomed to managing the relationship with Russia in terms of an East-West dialogue balancing mutual security interests. (…)
– Trans-Pacific Partnership: Geopolitics, Not Growth (Samuel Rines, The National Interest). The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the proposed trade deal linking the US with eleven other countries ranging from Brunei to Australia and Chile, will be an economically transformative agreement—but not for the US. Estimates by Petri, Plummer and Zhai (used throughout) place US GDP gains at only 0.13 percent, $27 [billion, by 2025. At about 57 percent of TPP participant GDP and 40 percent of the population, the US is too big to benefit from the deal, and many of the other nations involved are already tied together by agreements. If the entirety of the $210 billion annual benefit to 2025 global GDP from TPP were to accrue to the US, it would only add about 1 percent to GDP. (…)
– Marx and the Mechanical Turk (J. Bradford DeLong, Project-Syndicate),
– Managing Climate Risk (Chris Field, Vicente Barros, Project-Syndicate),
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Link Campus University – Past Events

– 30 gennaio 2014. Scenari. Riccardo Migliori e la sua esperienza all’Osce. Presentazione libro con Franco Frattini, Vincenzo Scotti, Riccardo Migliori.


– 20 febbraio 2014. Per l’Europa. Proposte per il semestre italiano di Presidenza europea. Modera: Mario Pendinelli – Introduce: Vincenzo Scotti (Presidente della Fondazione Link Campus University) – Relazione introduttiva: Giuseppe Di Taranto (Professore ordinario di storia dell’economia e dell’impresa, Luiss Guido Carli) – Interventi programmati: Ida Caracciolo, Sebastiano Fadda, Luca Gallizia, Giuseppe Guarino, Giorgio La Malfa, Antonio Magliulo, Maurizio Melani, Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Paolo Savona, Piergiorgio Valente, Ortensio Zecchino.

– 4 marzo 2014.  La grande riforma: un atto mancato. Interventi: Giuliano Amato, Enzo Scotti, Antonello Biagini, Luigi Zanda, Gaetano Quagliarello, Augusto Barbera, Luigi Compagna, Miguel Gotor, Paolo Savona, Ludovico Ortona, Salvatore Sechi, Giovanni Caracciolo, Enzo Carra, Paolo Guzzanti, Antonio Padellaro, Antonio Martino, Antonio Zanfarino. Alla presenza del Presidente del Senato. Modera: Pasquale Chessa. Presiedono: Anna e Giuseppe Cossiga.
– 5 marzo 2014.  Visioni di globalizzazione. Incontro con l’Ambasciatore della Repubblica Islamica dell’Iran S.E. Jahanbakhsh Mozaffari. Interventi: Maurizio Melani (già Direttore Generale presso il Ministero degli Affari Esteri, Ambasciatore in Iraq e al Comitato Politico e di Sicurezza dell’Unione Europea) – Alberto Melloni (Professore ordinario di storia del Cristianesimo presso l’Università di Modena-Reggio Emilia, Segretario generale della Fondazione per le scienze religiose Giovanni XXIII) – Alberto Negri (Giornalista de Il Sole 24 Ore) – Vincenzo Scotti (Presidente della Fondazione Link Campus University).   

7 marzo 2014. Seminario Cyber-Weapons e Conflitti Internazionali. Introduzione: Vincenzo Scotti. Obiettivi del seminario: Luigi Sergio Germani. Interventi: Francois Géré (Presidente, Institut Francais de l’Analyse Stratégique, Paris) – Matteo Cavallini (Responsabile della Sicurezza di CONSIP) – Marco Mayer (Docente di Cyberspace e International Relations, Ph.D. Program, Scuola Superiore di Sant’Anna, Pisa). Introduzione al dibattito: Pino Buongiorno (giornalista) 
– 7 marzo 2014. Presentazione del rapporto Il ciclismo tra percezione e comunicazione. Interventi: Giorgio Squinzi (Presidente di Confindustria), Renato Di Rocco (Presidente della Federazione Ciclistica Italiana), Vincenzo Scotti (Presidente della Link Campus University), Nicola Ferrigni (Curatore della ricerca)
– 12 marzo 2014. Presentazione del libro L’islam in Cina e l’onda della primavera araba (di Vittorio Pagliaro, Eurilink edizioni). Interventi: Vincenzo Scotti (Presidente della Link Campus University), Carlo Jean (Presidente del Centro Studi di Geopolitica Economica), Jean-Léonard Touadi (Docente di Geografia Politica ed Economica, Tor Vergata), Nello Del Gatto (Corrispondente Ansa in Cina). Modera: Anna Mazzone (Giornalista Rai, Radio 3 Mondo)
26 marzo 2014. Presentazione del volume Giustizia sociale, occupazione e crescita. Quali ricette per la “good economy ? (a cura di Luigi Paganetto, Eurilink edizioni). Interventi: Vincenzo Scotti (Link Campus University), Domenico De Masi (Università La Sapienza), Michele Bagella (Università Tor Vergata). Modera: Giovanni Miele (Giornalista Rai)


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