Emiliano Stornelli

Director, Mediterranean and Middle East Program, Italian Atlantic Committee

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Italy and Syria: Potentials and Contradictions

Italy has a broad leeway to step up its engagement in Syria with a view to favoring a political solution and the stabilization of the country. However, the loss of its foreign policy culture and the lack of a strategic vision continue to curb Italy's ability to assert its great potentials as main reference point for conflicts resolutions in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Libya Starts Over from the Fight Against Terrorism

The Libyan Political Agreement signed in Morocco is the first significant result of the UN-sponsored negotiations on Libya. The agreement foresees the formation of a new national unity government, which will be called on to put an end to the conflicts engulfing the country since Qaddafi’s fall. The priority is to eradicate ISIS and the other terrorist groups.

Prospects for a Grand Bargain in the Greater Middle East

The US is increasingly seeking Iran's cooperation in the Greater Middle East. However, "a balancing of interests" between Washington and Tehran alone will not suffice to advance the stabilization of the various hotbeds throughout the regon. To that effect, also the stakes of other relevant actors shall be accommodated, or else further instability will be engendered.

US-Iran: What Reconciliation?

The Geneva nuclear deal has been considered from many quarters as the beginning of detente between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran. However, a true reconciliation will occur only when the ideological wall dividing the two countries will also be tore down.