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Brunei. Under the shadow of Sharia Law.

Far from the reflectors of global strategies and tensions, the small South-East Asian island country…

01 Apr 2021

Contradicting results.

With a population that is 70% ethnically Malayan, Brunei has been under the influence of…

01 Apr 2021

Catholic Church: 'the Periphery within the Periphery'.

A small Catholic population. The seven pastoral priorities. Living under Sharia Law. Cardinal Cornelius Sim,…

01 Apr 2021

To become a 'Muslim Singapore'.

Seven years have passed and the real reasons for the introduction of the most severe…

01 Apr 2021

The Syrian War. Ten Years Later.

March 2021 will mark the tenth anniversary of the Syrian war. The bulk of the…

01 Mar 2021

The Regional and International Proxy Battleground.

The definition of civil war has never quite applied in the case of Syria. Ever…

01 Mar 2021

What Next ?

The Russians are the ones who, having taken a direct military role alongside Damascus in…

01 Mar 2021

The War and its Protagonists.

On 6 March 2011, a group of teenagers wrote anti-government graffiti on a school wall…

01 Mar 2021

The New North Sea.

The Black Sea, besides being a transit zone for oil, is rich in energy deposits…

01 Feb 2021

Control of the Straits.

A further crucial element in the balance of power in the Black Sea is that…

01 Feb 2021

The Black Sea. The Strategic Games.

The Black Sea is situated in the centre of the vast geographical area that runs…

01 Feb 2021

The Balance of Power Old and News.

It was the conflict that broke out between Russia and Georgia in 2008 that challenged…

01 Feb 2021

Latin America. 2021. Elections in the shadow of Covid-19.

Crisis in the economy, public health and the environment. Six countries will go to the…

01 Jan 2021

Asia. 2021. Uncertainties and ambiguities.

How to confront the consequences of Covid-19 as they affect the countries of Asia. China…

01 Jan 2021

Africa 2021. Security and Elections.

Clouds appear on the horizon in Sahel and forthcoming elections in several parts of the…

01 Jan 2021

Middle East and North Africa 2021. COVID-19 and Oil.

Socio-economic tensions rise but the COVID Pandemic buys time for governments under pressure. Tension between…

01 Jan 2021

GGW. Resources insufficient.

It is not easy to juggle the various interests that revolve around the GGW, and…

01 Dec 2020

GGW. An inconsistent impact

The Great Green Wall’s goal is clear: to regenerate 100 million hectares of degraded land…

01 Dec 2020

The Pan-African Green Wall.

From a green wall of trees to a mosaic of ecosystems. From the moment it…

01 Dec 2020

GGW. Agroforestry Is Key.

Any ecological rehabilitation of a territory must consider several factors, not the least of which…

01 Dec 2020

The Tijaniyya Brotherhood. The Way of the Koran.

Today, there are 40,000 inhabitants in Tivaouane, 100 km north-east of Dakar, the holy city…

01 Nov 2020

A Journey into Islam in Senegal.

More than 90% of the population of Senegal, an officially secular country, profess the Islamic…

01 Nov 2020

The Layeniyya Brotherhood. The Meaning of Equality.

On one of the Atlantic beaches of Yoff, rises the Great Layene Mosque-Mausoleum. The low…

01 Nov 2020

The Muridiyya Brotherhood. "The Disciple".

Touba, the holy city of the Muridiyya Brotherhood, situated in the centre of the country,…

01 Nov 2020

The Dhofar Rebellion and Oman’s Modernity.

Clearly, Great Britain has played a fundamental role in the emergence of modern Oman, considering…

01 Oct 2020

Ibadi Islam and Diplomacy.

Oman is distinctive in the Persian Gulf context because it has been traditionally ruled by…

01 Oct 2020

Oman. The legacy of Sultan Qaboos.

The Sultanate of Oman is in the Middle East, on the south-eastern end of the…

01 Oct 2020

How history shaped Oman.

During its history, Oman has been known by different names. Arab tribes, who emigrated from…

01 Oct 2020

USA. The Space Force.

China and Russia’s advances have prompted the United States to bolster its own efforts in…

01 Sep 2020

Russia. An Ambitious Space Program.

Russia, which in Soviet times pioneered space exploration in 1957 with the launch of the…

01 Sep 2020

Cyberspace in the New Geopolitical Balance.

Space has witnessed an intensifying level of economic-strategic activity as related to defense, protecting territory…

01 Sep 2020

China. The Great Game.

The logic used by super powers in space is not an exclusively competitive one. In…

01 Sep 2020

Uganda. A journey into Buganda’s cultural heritage.

The Buganda are a bantu speaking ethnic group found in Uganda. They are a very…

01 Aug 2020

Births as a successful family.

Birth in Buganda is very important because it is the yard stick that measures a…

01 Aug 2020

Bulgaria. Social breakdown.

The Bulgarian demographic crisis is the one that is most critical due to the speed…

01 Jul 2020

The Romani People in the Balkans.

The Balkans and central Eastern Europe are experiencing the most serious and sudden drop in…

01 Jul 2020

Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Fragile countries.

Serbian demography is also following the trend of the other surrounding countries, registering a considerable…

01 Jul 2020

Romania. Failure to integrate.

Romania, with its 19.6 million inhabitants, is going through a shocking demographic depopulation crisis. If…

01 Jul 2020

Ethnic Groups and Religions.

A country of striking and changing landscapes, extremes of climate and environment, in tourism, Mongolia…

01 Jun 2020

Mongolia. An Unstable Democracy.

The advisability, possibility and feasibility of the elections for the new Mongolian parliament, the single…

01 Jun 2020

Dependent Economy.

The question present in the recent history of Mongolia is whether the potential of the…

01 Jun 2020

A Polarized Policy.

The Moldovan political situation is extremely complicated. It reflects the clashes between the West and…

01 May 2020

Dangers of Secession.

The secessionist threat of the Gagauza community, which developed simultaneously with that of Transnistria, was…

01 May 2020

Moldova. Difficult Balances.

Geographically located on the very outskirts of southeastern Europe, Moldova is a small state nestled…

01 May 2020

A Dependent Economy.

From an economic point of view, Moldova is considered one of the poorest countries in…

01 May 2020

Demographic Grow and Commercial Crops.

The strong demographic growth is a main driver of the decimation of the African wildlife.…

01 Apr 2020

The ‘Deal of the Century’ .

The latest ‘Peace’ plan, the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ by US President Donald Trump…

01 Mar 2020

Jordan at the Crossroads.

Jordan is a country marked by ‘artificial’ borders, drawn on a map in the wake…

01 Mar 2020

The custodian of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Inevitably, the Jordanian government - and the political arrangement, which has taken decades to craft…

01 Mar 2020

The Indian Ocean.

In this new re-establishment of international balances in which Asia is acting as the leader,…

01 Feb 2020

The Atlantic Ocean.

In ancient times, the Atlantic Ocean was believed to be a mysterious extent of water…

01 Feb 2020

The Pacific Ocean.

The Pacific, almost twice as big as the Atlantic, with an area of 161 million…

01 Feb 2020

Who controls the Oceans?

Besides having always been that part of the world where the most of commercial interchange…

01 Feb 2020

West Africa, bridgehead for cocaine trafficking.

The region has acquired a key role in the drugs trade, becoming the major platform…

01 Dec 2019

Nigerian gangs.

A large part of the drugs coming from Latin America and Asia is controlled and…

01 Dec 2019

Namibia. Nothing Surprising.

Ever since it won the first democratic elections, held in November 1989 and supervised by…

01 Nov 2019

Economy. Too much inequality.

The structure of the economy of Namibia reflects the contradictions that are typical of all…

01 Nov 2019

Namibian Mosaic.

With only 2.6 million inhabitants and an area of 824,292 square kilometres, Namibia presents a…

01 Nov 2019

Ethnicity and National Unity.

The SWAPO movement succeeded in bringing on board the different ethnic groups, even co-opting some…

01 Nov 2019

Towards the Synod. 'Amazonising the Church'.

The defense of the environment and its peoples. New ministries for the Christian communities. The…

01 Oct 2019

Which Kurdish populations?

There has never been a Kurdish State. But, there has been and still exists a…

01 Sep 2019

The Shi’a Movement.

There has been a tendency on the side of the mainstream media to describe this…

01 Sep 2019

Ba’ath Party Dominance and Mistakes.

As the Ba’ath increasingly dominated the State, the Communists faced greater restrictions on their activities.…

01 Sep 2019

Iraq. A Fragile Country.

Iraq, the country established on the land of the Assyrians and Babylonians of ancient Mesopotamia,…

01 Sep 2019

Drug Trafficking.

The maras are characterized by their particular ritualism, their violent initiation rites and the tattoos…

01 Aug 2019

Between Maras and Pandilla

The phenomenon of organized crime is one of the plagues that most affects both the…

01 Aug 2019

El Salvador. A Country In Transition.

El Salvador is one of the smallest countries in size of Central America, given that…

01 Aug 2019

A New President.

In the general elections last February, Nayb Bukele established himself as the new President of…

01 Aug 2019

The Gumuz People, their culture.

They live today almost the way they could have lived one or two hundred years…

01 Jul 2019

The Religious Universe of the Gumuz.

Travelling around the Gumuz region we did not see specific place for worship. Of course…

01 Jul 2019

The Gumuz in front of a changing world.

Changes go very fast. There are many agents responsible for these changes. The first is…

01 Jul 2019

Ethiopia. The Gumuz. A marginalized People.

We have travelled for 500 kms in northwest Addis Ababa. First, it was along the…

01 Jul 2019

The Philippines. Constant Threats.

The 13 May 2019 elections in the Philippines have been correctly seen most of all…

01 Jun 2019

War on drugs.

The tension between the presidency and the ecclesial hierarchy has considerably affected baptised Filipinos. The…

01 Jun 2019

The Duterte's Games

But who is Rodrigo Duterte? A person with a judgemental mentality, partly due to his…

01 Jun 2019

Catholic Church Commitments.

With a Catholic population of over 80% of its 100 million inhabitants, the Philippines has…

01 Jun 2019

Migration Between Regions.

Interregional migration, or the movement of people between geographic sub regions, is also a key…

01 May 2019

Catholic Church. Taking concrete steps to mitigate the migration crisis.

African bishops are aware that, when there is a massive movement of people, the countries…

01 May 2019

Migrating in Africa. A continent on the Move.

Globally, in 2017, there were around 258 million international migrants, approximately 3.4% of the world…

01 May 2019

Migration. Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Conflict.

African migration patterns do not happen in a vacuum. Rather, they are situated within major…

01 May 2019

Monasticism and Monasteries in Ethiopia.

If it is true that the Christian Europe of the Middle Ages was shaped by…

01 Apr 2019

The Monastery of Debre Libanos.

From its very foundation, Debre Libanos grew in prestige and power until it surpassed all…

01 Apr 2019

The Monastery of Debre Damo.

Among the many Ethiopian monasteries Debre Damo deserves to be mentioned first. Not because it…

01 Apr 2019

The Monastery of Hayk.

If we mention the monastery of Hayk (or Hayq) among the three chosen for this…

01 Apr 2019

The New 'Doctrine Of National Security'.

The cancellation of the effective reforms imposed during the decade in which the social-democrat government…

01 Mar 2019

Guatemala. A country, Under Threat.

The country has always been at the centre of tensions and troubles, provoking a sequence…

01 Mar 2019

An Ancient Country.

It was the Maya who, long ago, inhabited those territories that were later colonised by…

01 Mar 2019

Justice For The Indigenous People.

In December 2006, thanks to the support of the international community, a new truce was…

01 Mar 2019

Thailand. Much is unknown in the Country of the Smile.

It is now almost five years since the coup d’état that took place in…

01 Feb 2019

Economy. Risk factors.

Bangkok seems to be a champion of futuristic architecture but its lights simply overwhelm without…

01 Feb 2019

Political Uncertainty.

Thailand is now witnessing the disappearance of its myth as a 'Teflon Country', unmoved by…

01 Feb 2019

Thai Identity.

The nation, the monarchy and Buddhism are the pillars commonly attributed to the Thai identity.…

01 Feb 2019

The Limpopo River. Collateral Victim Of The Mining Industry.

The Limpopo River Basin is a fragile environment threatened by the combined pressure, of climate…

01 Jan 2019

The Zambezi River. Threats and opportunities for the ‘Great River…

The Zambezi River is one of Africa’s main energy assets and could become as well…

01 Jan 2019

The Senegal River. Threatened by Drought, Climate Change And Man-Made…

The Senegal River is a main source of life and prosperity for three West-African countries.…

01 Jan 2019

The Niger River : From Drought To Floods And Pollution.

The Niger River is the main source of life of large parts of West Africa.…

01 Jan 2019

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Dossier Archive – summaries

Russia Returns To Africa.

In the new geopolitical context that is developing worldwide, Africa is increasingly seen as a nerve…

01 Dec 2018, Dossier December 2018

USA, China. Military Strategy And Market in Africa.

Over the years, President Putin has attentively observed the political, economic and military strategy of the…

01 Dec 2018, Dossier December 2018

Libya, Putin’s Interests.

It is a fact that Libya is of fundamental importance for the Russian Federation since it…

01 Dec 2018, Dossier December 2018

A New Epoch.

Moscow began to take its first steps in the African context during the “Soviet period”. Since it…

01 Dec 2018, Dossier December 2018

India, Playing A Very Active Role.

In the context of the changes in power relations on the Asian continent, the movements of…

01 Nov 2018, Dossier November 2018

Geo-Political and Geo-Economic Scenarios of the Indian Ocean.

The collapse of the Soviet Union has characterized the birth of new and important geopolitical actors…

01 Nov 2018, Dossier November 2018

Oman, Small But Strategic.

The new centrality and strategic importance assumed by the Indian Ocean have unquestionably created competition based…

01 Nov 2018, Dossier November 2018

China, The Protagonist.

China may certainly be described as the more relevant protagonist in this change, finding itself having…

01 Nov 2018, Dossier November 2018

Support Local Initiatives.

Today, Bangladesh is a country in tumultuous growth, afflicted by many problems that for the small…

01 Sep 2018, Dossier September 2018

Do Not Forget Rana Plaza.

Ashulia and the nearby districts of Savar, Tongi and Gazipur on the edge of the metropolitan…

01 Sep 2018, Dossier September 2018

Women At The Crossroads.

The population of Bangladesh is rapidly approaching 170 million, depending on an area of 147,570 square…

01 Sep 2018, Dossier September 2018

Bangladesh. A Country In Contrast.

Geography, demography, history, faith and politics are inextricably intertwined in determining the reality known as Bangladesh.…

01 Sep 2018, Dossier September 2018

Military Escalation In Africa.

After the beginning of the crisis in Mali in 2012, external powers have increased the deployment…

01 Aug 2018, Dossier August 2018

The forgotten Real Issues.

If we analyse the actual reality of the continent from a security point of view we…

01 Aug 2018, Dossier August 2018

A Proxy War.

Apparently, the US government’s discretion on its military initiatives in Africa is due to two reasons.…

01 Aug 2018, Dossier August 2018

Disconnected From Reality.

According to Feldstein, an analysis of the African situation leads to the conclusion that the US…

01 Aug 2018, Dossier August 2018

Asian Spirituality. A Quest For Depth.

Nearly all major religions of the world were born in Asia. Some characteristics of Asian spirituality…

01 Jul 2018, Dossier July 2018

Spirituality, Learning From Each Other.

The Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lama remembers a discussion he had with Thomas Merton on how…

01 Jul 2018, Dossier July 2018

The Spirituality of Responsibility.

Chinese spiritual outlook made Confucius remind his people of their own inherited ethical convictions. Ethical traditions…

01 Jul 2018, Dossier July 2018

Spirituality as Ahimsa.

Undoubtedly, nonviolence remains at the heart of Asian spiritual tradition. It is not that Asians are…

01 Jul 2018, Dossier July 2018

Latin America. The starting point of all the routes.

The mingling of drug trafficking and terrorist/guerrilla organisations also involves Latin America which, as is well…

01 Jun 2018, Dossier June 2018

Groups in the galaxy of terror.

Among the groups belonging to the radical Islamic galaxy, a fundamentally important role was played by…

01 Jun 2018, Dossier June 2018

Drug Trafficking and Terrorism.

Drug trafficking is a global business. It is finding its way ever more perniciously into growing…

01 Jun 2018, Dossier June 2018

Territory control.

The colossal and internationally important business of drug trafficking, now run by criminals of all races,…

01 Jun 2018, Dossier June 2018

Kyrgyzstan. A Geopolitical Pivot.

Kyrgyzstan merits to be called a 'geopolitical pivot'. It is a territory that, due to its…

01 May 2018, Dossier May 2018

Tajikistan. Great Power Interests.

Tajikistan, situated at the heart of central Asia, was a transit area crossed by caravan trails…

01 May 2018, Dossier May 2018

Central Asia. A Great New Game.

The region of Central Asia, because of its geographic location, has always been considered a historical…

01 May 2018, Dossier May 2018

Uzbekistan. A Delicate Balance.

Uzbekistan, like Kyrgyzstan is one of the five Central Asian republics created in 1991 after the…

01 May 2018, Dossier May 2018

A Truly Indian Church.

The start of the year was characterised by an important series of events for the Indian…

01 Apr 2018, Dossier April 2018

The women Condition.

On 11 October 2017, the Supreme Court of India deliberated that sexual relations with a minor…

01 Apr 2018, Dossier April 2018

Hinduism and Nationalism.

In the Hindu concept is taken up by its present proponents, connected to the political experience…

01 Apr 2018, Dossier April 2018

India. A Lost Dream.

The multi-souled India of today has denied none of its souls but struggles to embrace any…

01 Apr 2018, Dossier April 2018

Protests, Not Like The Arab Spring.

Unlike the protests of the ‘Arab Spring’, moreover, the recent protests in Iran have a political…

01 Mar 2018, Dossier March 2018

Syria. All The Games.

Whatever tensions exist between Israel, the USA and Iran, they will play out in Syria first.…

01 Mar 2018, Dossier March 2018

The Opposition, Internal and External.

Iran does have a domestic and clandestine opposition, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK). The MEK combine Communist…

01 Mar 2018, Dossier March 2018

Iran And The Conflicts In The Middle East.

Nobody appears to have any clear plans for Syria. Indeed, the ignorance extends to the entirety…

01 Mar 2018, Dossier March 2018

Visible And Invisible Walls.

In the course of his pontificate, Pope Francis has not ceased to fight against the walls…

01 Feb 2018, Dossier February 2018

In The Shadow Of The Wall.

Twenty nine years have passed since the most famous wall in Europe ceased to divide the…

01 Feb 2018, Dossier February 2018

Walls Separating Peoples.

Walls are like an infection, made of bricks, nets and barbed wire that prevent the wound…

01 Feb 2018, Dossier February 2018

Anti-Migration Walls.

The year 2016 was the year of anti-immigration walls, the militarisation of frontiers and a record…

01 Feb 2018, Dossier February 2018

The Kurds, Which Future?

The big winner in the Middle East is Russia. Thus, it will be Russia that will…

01 Jan 2018, Dossier January 2018

The War In Syria Is Over, The West Will Give…

The West will always choose Turkey over the aspirations of the Kurds. This is one area…

01 Jan 2018, Dossier January 2018

The Challenges Of Kurdish Nationalism.

The Kurds have become one of the key players of the Middle East. They have secured…

01 Jan 2018, Dossier January 2018

The Kurds' History.

The Kurds and their struggle have suffered because of geographical and cultural fragmentation first and, later,…

01 Jan 2018, Dossier January 2018

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Advocacy

Global Warming Can be Stopped.

Climate change is disrupting our world and the temperature has risen one degree centigrade and it will not go back. We have reached a point…

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Baobab

Why the Sun Shines by Day and the Moon by…

In the beginning of the world the king called the people together to be given their tasks. He sent out messengers for them. He sent the…

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Youth & Mission

Myanmar. A New Generation fighting for democracy.

Myanmar’s democratic transition took an unexpected turn in the early morning of Monday, February 1, 2021, when Senior General Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar’s military (known…

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