Director, Mediterranean and Middle East Program, Italian Atlantic Committee
Emiliano Stornelli is Director of the Mediterranean and Middle East Program at the Italian Atlantic Committee and Advisor to the President of the Atlantic Treaty Association. Founder and Chairman of the Religion & Security Council, his main research activities are focused on the Mediterranean, Middle East and Gulf region, NATO, Transatlantic relations and the US foreign policy, conflicts resolution, radicalization and terrorism, interreligious dialogue. Specialized in Strategic Studies at the Center for High Defense Studies, Italian Ministry of Defense, he collaborated with the Military Center for Strategic Studies and the Italian Institute for Asia and the Mediterranean.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are essential for the stabilization of the Middle East. To boost cooperation between the two countries, it is also necessary to address the political-religious dimension of their conflict.
After the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey, a breakdown between Moscow and Ankara would jeopardize Syria’s stabilization, with repercussions in other geopolitical areas.
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.
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.
The UN, EU and NATO’s allies, along with regional partners such as Egypt, are called on to undertake common policies to guarantee a future of security in Libya and the Mediterranean.
The latest attack in the Shebaa Farms claimed by Hezbollah was to be expected after the Israeli raid in the Syrian Golan Heights on January 18. What is underway between Hezbollah and Israel?
Providing a new and concrete platform of cooperation aimed at fostering the adoption of Common Solutions to the Common Challenges affecting the Mediterranean and the Gulf region today. This is the objective of the Mediterranean-Gulf Forum (MGF).
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.
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.
The attainment of a comprehensive settlement in the broader Middle East ensuring a definitive stability on a regional scale, would not please the security interests of Israel only, but would also be of great benefit for the Palestinians in the peace process.