Opinions

Giancarlo Elia Valori

Russian Topol M ICBM launcher rolls along Red Square during the Victory Day military parade (Photo: AP)

Examination of the New Russian Military Doctrines

Through a powerful, up-to-date and world-leading military apparatus, the Russian Federation considers itself a great power in a multipolar and post-American world. Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori reviews the current Russian defense doctrines, as compared to the old Soviet ones

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill (Photo: AP)

Between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Middle East Crisis

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, defined the Russian war in Syria as a conflict "against global terrorism" and suggested a "holy war" to free the entire Christian civilization while forming a federation in the Middle East – the strategic axis between East and West. Opinion

An Uyghur boy waves a flag of East Turkestan, the term separatist Uyghurs use to refer to the Uyghurs homeland in China's Xinjiang region (Photo: AP)

The New Geopolitics of the Uyghur Movement

"So far, China’s policy towards the Uyghurs has been designed to integrate Xinjiang into its economy, as well as establishing shared security and economic relations with the neighboring countries of the Uyghur region." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the strategic moves made by key actors such as China, Turkey, and Russia in dealing with the Uyghur issue

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches the test launch of a solid-fuel "Pukguksong-2" (Photo: AP)

How Global Powers Could Achieve a Denuclearized Korea

China, Russia, and the US all have a clear interest in denuclearizing the entire Korean peninsula. Before entering negotiations, Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori suggests they must first try to understand the geopolitical goals of North Korea by questioning the real strategic direction, consistency, and aim of its nuclear program. Opinion

Qatar Emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani (Photo: AP)

Between Qatar and Iran: Rehearsals for a Shi'ite-Sunni War

Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori considers the crisis in the Persian Gulf and argues that the recent developments in the region are most likely "the beginning of a real war that will hit Qatar indirectly and the Islamic Republic of Iran directly." Opinion

The Future Strategy of the World Uyghur Congress

The assessment of China's "One Belt One Road" Initiative is at the core of the political debate in the World Uyghur Congress, as Islamist Uyghurs interpret the initiative as an attempt to repress the insurgency in East Turkestan and to control the local Muslim radicalism

Supporters of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after last Friday's presidential election (Photo: AP)

Iran after the Re-election of President Rouhani

"The psychological and propaganda mechanism which has emerged in the presidential election is increasing pessimism about the JCPOA economic effects and the feeling of strategic weakness in the face of new threats to Iran's security." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the outcome of the recent Iranian elections. Opinion