Italy, the Mediterranean and migrants
28 October 2017
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Italy’s 2018 elections will hinge on immigration
Demographic data show that Italy’s population is shrinking at a fast clip, economists are ringing alarm that the country faces a shortage of labor and its social security system is at risk, but voters perceive immigrants from the Middle East and Africa as a major problem that requires radical steps ...
Dr. Alberto Mingardi
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Turkey: an awkward partner
As Turkey’s unstable internal politics have lurched toward repression, its foreign policy appears to have lost direction. The escalating war with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has pushed resolution of the Kurdish question into the distant future, while terrorist strikes and a conflict with Russia have dragged Ankara deeper into ...
Dr. Udo Steinbach
Refugee crisis tarnishes EU’s ‘moral superpower’
European leaders have long known that the main danger posed by the refugee influx is political backlash. This threat was explicitly recognized by Guenther Oettinger, Germany’s representative to the European Commission, during a press conference on December 30, 2015. “The European Union has learned to overcome crises,” he said. “But ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Ethnic strife continues to stymie Myanmar’s economic potential
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has seen decades of ethnic conflict and corrupt military rule stifle its considerable economic prospects. With an advantageous geographic location, abundant natural resources and ample labor force, Myanmar has the ingredients needed to become a regional economic power. A win by pro-democracy groups in last ...
Trump’s sound and fury signifies no immigration reform
In the United States, immigration and border security have suddenly become hot issues in the 2016 presidential campaign. Recent controversies over Middle Eastern refugees and terrorist threats have only deepened the political divide on the subject. Major reform is therefore unlikely before the November election. Even afterward, the challenges will ...
Dr. James Jay Carafano