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Giancarlo Elia Valori

Heads of delegations at the Palermo Conference on Libya (Photo: AP)

The Failure of the Palermo Conference on Libya

“The Palermo Conference was a good idea – in principle – but organized by a country that was previously a second-class power and, currently, not even that.” Analysis by Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori

Libya's rival leaders meet in Paris to agree on a political roadmap, May 2018 (Photo: AP)

The Palermo Conference on Libya

Libya's key political players and global leaders will convene on Monday for a two-day conference aimed at jumpstarting the political process in the war-torn country. Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori analyzes the challenges and opportunities of the different parties

US-Russian talks in Moscow, October 2018 (Photo: AP)

The US-Russian Clash over Strategic Nuclear Weapons

“Considering the Russian technological evolution, the USA plans to resume the arms race not only to weaken the growing Russian economy, but also to combine China’s and Russia’s ICBM threat with the other asymmetric and unpredictable missile threats of Iran and North Korea.” Analysis by Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori

Libya's national oil company HQ after an attack by gunmen in Tripoli, Sept. 10, 2018 (Photo: AP)

Restructuring Libya’s Finance and Economy

“The current Libyan financial tension lies in the link between banks and oil revenues – two highly problematic situations, both in al-Serraj’s and the Benghazi governments, as well as in Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s ranks.” Analysis by Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (Photo: AP)

The French-Chinese Battle over Africa

A geo-economic and strategic clash between China and France is currently emerging across Africa, with both countries working to increase their influence in the continent. Analysis by Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori

A railway track near Rason city, North Korea (Photo: AP)

The “Silk Railway” Leads to Pyongyang

The new connectivity to Eurasia opens the Korean peninsula to the world and presents vast economic and geopolitical opportunities. Special analysis by Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori