Giancarlo Elia Valori

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The Geopolitical and Financial Significance of Bitcoin

"The Bitcoin is a pseudo-currency that serves to control the volatility and trends of global financial markets, as well as to keep it artificially high and avoid some currencies becoming 'full' or sovereign." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the "cryptocurrency bubble." Opinion

Ri Su-Yong (Photo: AP)

Winds of Change: The Good News Coming from North Korea

Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori is optimistic about the talks between the two Koreas that began on Tuesday, led on the North's side by Ri Su-Yong, President of the Diplomatic Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly and "a high-profile institutional leader who enjoys Kim Jong-un’s full trust." Opinion

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, with his American counterpart Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Photo: AP)

The Geopolitics of Sanctions against Russia

The United States and the European Union have imposed a sequence of sanctions against Russia following the Russian support for the "separatists" of Eastern Ukraine. Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the implications of such sanctions in the context of the multipolar climate. Opinion

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a news conference at the Pentagon (Photo: AP)

The Reconfiguration of the New Syria

"The new Syria that is currently reshaping will be the breaking point that will give rise to the new Middle East." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the current and future moves of key regional players. Opinion

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Sochi, Russia (Photo: AP)

Russia's Current Strategy in the Middle East

"Russia is culturing bilateral relations with all the major Middle East players, so as to create a system in which it becomes an inevitable broker in both the national equilibria and the larger regional game." Analysis by Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori

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Regionalization is the Name of the Game

"We are faced with a cold regional war between Shi'ites and Sunnis, between Iran and Saudi Arabia, in which both major contenders move their minor allies on the Middle East chessboard." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses Hariri's resignation and the crisis in Lebanon. Opinion

A billboard in the streets of Taif, Saudi Arabia, shows King Salman, center, with his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the right, and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to the left (Photo: AP)

The Power Struggle within Saudi Arabia

"The Crown Prince’s current anti-graft sweep is focused on the food, real estate, and telecommunication sectors. The aim is to hit the primary sectors of economic and media consensus, to rebuild a new network of relations in the Middle East, and respond to the Shi'ite operations even with a military clash." Opinion

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (Photo: AP)




Toward a New Era in Saudi Arabia

"From now on, Saudi Arabia wants to avoid a radical and global war throughout the Middle East to destabilize it and thus conquer the old and modern hegemony of Islam within the Greater Middle East." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the strategic shifts in the Saudi Kingdom