Having trouble viewing this email? Click here


in this issue:
European Defence, Energy, US-Iran, MENA

November 2017

PeSCo: The Challenges of an Inclusive Process

by Nathalie Tocci

«What does PeSCo entail? It basically means that Europeans are going to be doing defence research together, they are going to jointly acquire capabilities and they are going to jointly use those capabilities through operations. But the fact that 23 out of 28 member states have signed up to PeSCo does raise the question: is this an excessively inclusive process at the expense of ambition?»

Short read

Europe and the Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Call for Coherence

by Andrea Dessì

«While the EU cannot realistically emerge as the lead diplomatic actor in the so-called peace process, and has traditionally struggled to move from being a ‘payer to a player’ in Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, contemporary developments may provide an opening for a more coherent approach»

Weakness, Low Cunning and Vanity: Trump's Iran Deal Calculus

by Riccardo Alcaro

«US President Donald Trump has publicly disavowed the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration in 2015 (…) The consequences of a withdrawal would be bleak: the Gulf will become more insecure and the nuclear non-proliferation regime weaker. Trump does not care, as his calculus stems from vanity, opportunism and a cynical disdain for the geopolitical consequences of his actions»

How Can the EU-Africa Partnership Be Revived?

by Nicoletta Pirozzi

«The upcoming African Union-EU Summit in the Ivory Coast risks being spoiled by deepening divergences between European and African leaders on human rights, migration and international justice. Nevertheless, it represents a unique opportunity to begin laying the groundwork for a revision of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), identifying a joint and inclusive roadmap to accomplish this objective»

Read other IAI Commentaries...

Want to become a member?
Find out more about joining IAI



17/11/2017 – Rome

Developing Asia and the Pacific: Presentation of the Asian Development Outlook Update with Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank

Programme and registration form
20/11/2017 – Rome

Syrian Voices matter: Conference in cooperation with Center for Civil Society and Democracy (CCSD)

Programme and registration form

Riad Al Malki, Foreign Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, was the guest speaker at a conference on Palestine organized by the Istituto Affari Internazionali, on 9 November. "EU statements are ineffective, Israel is immune to them", he stated.

Watch the video

The New-Med Research Network, coordinated by the Istituto Affari Internazionali, accepts applications from young professionals from the MENA region interested in submitting and presenting papers on Opportunities and Challenges in the Middle East (deadline 30/11/2017)


Long read

Turkey is a Failed EU Accession State

by Sinan Ülgen

«Turkish society retains important elements of resilience. This is the end result of a flawed and yet very real experience with multi-party democracy for over seven decades. At the same time Turkey is a failed accession state and the frustrations as well as the acrimony generated by this hapless state of affairs will have implications for any other EU engagement strategy with Ankara»

Read other IAI Working Papers...

The Demographic and Economic Challenges of North Africa and Middle East

by Musa McKee, Martin Keulertz, Negar Habibi, Mark Mulligan, Eckart Woertz

«Middle East and North Africa is one of the world’s most rapidly transforming regions politically, economically, demographically and environmentally. In term of absolute population growth, the region will surpass China by 2090, despite largely declining total fertility rates. Since land degradation, water stress and trends of urbanization will also have significant impacts upon the future development of this region, policymakers will need to capture the multi-faceted dynamics of these challenges»

Read other MENARA papers...

Untying the Energy Union Knot

by Nicolò Sartori and Lorenzo Colantoni

«The Energy Union has never witnessed so much activity on the part of the European Investment Bank (EIB). (…) Yet, the greatest surprise has been the attention dedicated to Energy Efficiency: a massive financing plan of almost 10 billion euros has been launched by the EIB. Social housing, zero-energy buildings and general energy efficiency measures are the recipients of another 3 billion from the same package, while a 4.3 billion budget will finance other energy projects»

Read other Energy Union Watch bulletins...

Istituto Affari Internazionali - IAI

Via A. Brunetti 9 - 00186 Roma - Tel.: +39/063224360 - e-mail: iai@iai.it - www.iai.it

Forward to a friend

This email was sent from noreply@iai.it to %Subscriber:EmailAddress%
If you no longer wish to receive our letters, click here to cancel the subscription