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Giancarlo Elia Valori

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, meets Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis (Photo: AP)

Why is Syria so Important to Iran?

Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori examines the forces still fighting in the Syrian war and discusses the strategic importance of Syria to Tehran. Opinion

Russian forces during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea (Photo: AP)

East vs. West: Toward the Zapad 2017 Exercise

"Zapad 2017 is primarily a political and military anti-destabilization operation that could lead to the use of new techniques for destructuring and disrupting the Western covert networks in the East." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the multinational exercise scheduled to begin this week

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand as (left to right) German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, European Commission Vice-President and EU Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and German Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth sign documents during the launch of the Alliance for Sahel (Photo: AP)

The Rationale of Foreign Policy

"Current democracies do no longer stand the test of foreign policy. Nonetheless, in the globalization era, it is precisely foreign policy from which many of the real benefits and assets come." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the role of foreign policy in current politics

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