Special Analysis

THE TAKFIRI MOVEMENT: ISLAM’S REFORMERS OR HERETICS — THE POST AL-QAEDA TERRORISM: SALAFI AND TAKFIRI ROOTS

I. General Aspects The developments following the Arab spring upheavals that brought political instability in most of the countries involved, as well as the growing number of terrorist incidents brought to the attention the process of radicalization that is taking place not only in the Arab countries but is frequently …

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When the Appointed Overrules the Elected: an Overview of the Decline of Democracy within the European Union.

Towards the end of 2012, the Constitutional Court of Slovenia issued a decision in regard to a referendum meant to consult the population on the establishment of a so-called “bad bank”. The bad bank was to be a state-owned institution meant to take over bad loans made by private banks …

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THE KURDS: FROM FOUR FLAGS TO STATEHOOD

TOWARDS A NEW MAP OF THE MIDDLE EAST – TREND ANALYSIS   Coming after the outbreak of the Arab Spring and the aftermath of the Iraq War, the current events in Syria, including Turkey’s involvement, and the perspective of a U.S./Israel military action against Iran, are more and more telling …

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EUROSCEPTICISM: TRIGGERING EUROPE’S TRANSFORMATION

The recent violent manifestations in Greece, Spain and Portugal, as well as the developments of the Euro zone crisis indicate a clear increase of the Euroscepticism, as well as a disturbing trend towards the politisation of the economic problems that several European countries are currently facing. Analysts are currently assessing …

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“ANTI-SYSTEM” ON A RISING TREND – PERSPECTIVES FOR EUROPE

Recent developments in Europe, where the economic crisis continues to affect the political and social life, are showing a worrying rise of the “traditional” extreme – both right and left – parties, as well as of the newer “anti-system” or  “fringe” movements that oppose the existing institutions (especially the global …

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TRANSNATIONAL ACTORS VS. NATIONAL STATES: LOST BATTLE?!

The worldwide economic evolution and many political developments in Europe and the world are showing to most analysts a worrying trend consisting in a balance of power shifting from national states towards transnational economic actors, corporate (the big multinational and transnational companies) as well as institutional (the international financial institutions …

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ISLAMISM IN CENTRAL ASIA AND THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

Overview The Arab 2011 upheavals and the follow-up developments, as well as the Western and regional political actors’ renewed efforts aimed to end the Afghan armed conflict, are bringing to the analysts’ attention the evolution of Islamism in Central Asia and the Indian sub-continent. Most analysts followed closely the contacts …

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THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: FROM NATIONALIST NGO TO WORLD FORCE

I. General aspects The outcome of the 2011 so-called “Arab Revolutions” that in most of the countries paved the way for the Islamist movements and groups to enter the political arena with real chances of getting the power brought to the analysts’ attention the spectacular rising of the Muslim Brotherhood …

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EUROPE: ISLAMOPHOBIA vs. ISLAMISM

One of the most worrying trends generated by the economic crisis that broke in Europe several years ago – and that still shows little signs of ending – is the gradual radicalization of the traditional societies, in both directions (left and right), a process that matches the growing trend of …

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“ANTI-SYSTEM” ON A RISING TREND – PERSPECTIVES FOR EUROPE

Recent developments in Europe, where the economic crisis continues to affect the political and social life, are showing a worrying rise of the “traditional” extreme – both right and left – parties, as well as of the newer “anti-system” or  “fringe” movements that oppose the existing institutions (especially the global …

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