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Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Lega leader Matteo Salvini shake hands

Italy: Salvini’s tactical mistake puts the left in power

After the European elections this year, Matteo Salvini and his Lega party were riding high. Many expected he would capitalize on the wave of support and call for new elections. When he finally did, parties on the left moved against him. With a savvy political move from former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the center- and far left have taken control of the government. A battle over new election rules, however, mean the tumult in Italian politics is far from over.


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Japan’s monarchy is unique: Its dynasty is the world’s longest-reigning, yet the country lacks many attributes associated with having a king or queen. In the allocation of political power and in the character of its institutions, Japan resembles a republic ...

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Riyadh’s shifting involvement in Yemen

Once a very active participant in the violence of Yemen’s civil war, Saudi Arabia has progressively launched fewer strikes in the country, and recently has even been hosting talks between the Yemen government and the Houthi rebels. GIS experts predicted that while Riyadh would never stand for allowing the Iran-aligned Houthis to gain control of the country, it would ratchet down its military involvement as the conflict became more expensive. “In the most probable scenario, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi will turn down the intensity of their campaign,” wrote GIS expert Bernard Siman back in June 2016.

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Geopolitics are back on the agenda

Due to the fast changing international order geopolitics are back on the agenda. I believe that GIS makes a great contribution with analyses and insights that should help businesses and governments developing their responses.

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