“Through military lenses”. New research on officers’ perceptions of military transformation

What do military officers think about force transformation? While the latter has been the object of a great deal of important research in the past decade (and more), the opinions and perceptions of servicemen have rarely been explored. To dig into what Italian Air Force officers think is the objective of latest fatigue of Fabrizio Coticchia and Francesco Moro, who, with their invaluable co-author Lorenzo Cicchi, just published an article on Defence Studies on the topic. The article, “Through military lenses. Perception of securitythreats and jointness in the Italian Air Force”, used data from an original survey conducted among ITAF captains with two major objectives. First, the article focuses on servicemen’s attitudes towards the transformations of the global security environment and the changes occurring (and needed) within the Italian Air Force. Second, the article provides preliminary statistical evidence on the links between individual experiences, views, and change. The article shows that officers’ views of technology have a significant impact on their views about military transformation. To the extent to which it is possible, enjoy!

 

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Sisp Conference 2018. Call for papers (Italian military operations, Sahel, North Africa, defense, Europe, stabilisation…)

Several interesting panels at the next SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica) Annual Conference (Torino, 6-8 September 2018).

Here you’ll find the call for papers. Deadline: May, 20th.

Within the section of “International Relations”, we are pleased to focus on the “Venus panels”. Indeed, “our” Francesco Moro and Fabrizio Coticchia are the chairs of the following 3 panels:

Panel 8.5 Assisting them at their home? Italian and European Security Policies in Sahel and North Africa

 Chair: Fabrizio Coticchia and Luca Raineri

In January 2018 Italy’s parliament approved an increased military presence in Libya and the deployment of troops in Niger and Tunisia. As stated by the Italian government, the goals of the missions were to “guarantee stability in the area”, providing security assistance and capacity building. Officially, Italy aims to support African countries mainly to “fight illegal trafficking of migrants and terrorism”. In line with the last White Paper (2015), Italian Defense started to focus on the “Enlarged Mediterranean” as a key-strategic area, relocating troops from Afghanistan and Iraq to Sahel and Northern Africa. At the same time, several diplomatic and development initiatives have been planned in the region. Also, the EU and European countries (such as France) have been extremely active in Sahel and Northern Africa, with manifold political and military efforts. By combining different methodological approaches, as well as junior and senior scholars from different fields (IR, security studies, defense and foreign policy, area experts), the panel aims to investigate the patterns of (political and military) involvement of Italy, the EU and other European countries in the region. A comparative perspective and a multi-scalar focus would allow analyzing variations across national and multilateral approaches, but also reconfigurations at local level. The panel would like to collect papers that provide new evidence on the ways through which Italy, the EU, and other European countries have addressed the “instability at the Southern borders”, especially concerning:

  • The main traits, problems, consequences, and opportunities in security-assistance approaches in the region;
  • A critical perspective on the securitization of, and responses to, “failed states”, including capacity-building, state-building and stabilization;
  • The strategic shift of the Italian foreign policy towards Sahel and Northern Africa;
  • The coordination, cooperation, and conflicts between European countries, both at EU level as well as on the ground;
  • The security-development-migration nexus in the region
  • The decision-making processes that have led to the deployment of troops;
  • Different approaches and tensions in “the fight against illegal migration and terrorism”;
  • The reconfiguration of local governance in the framework of influence competition and changing priorities of foreign assistance;
  • The ambiguous status of informal networks and non-state actors in the framework of security-assistance.

Panel 8.7  – Change and continuity in European states’ defence policies

Chairs: Fabrizio Coticchia, Andrea Locatelli, Francesco Moro

European states are usually blamed for their reluctance to invest in defence policy. This is witnessed in particular by the mere lack of resources devoted to military assets, as well as the limited weight of defence issues in public debates. However, most – if not all – European states have transformed their defences since the end of the Cold War. Moreover, European armed forces have been deployed in complex military operations abroad, modifying doctrines and tactics on the ground. Reforms have been undertaken across the continent to adapt to the contemporary security context. Examples of this include the demise of the draft, collaborative procurement, multinational exercises and other initiatives. On top of that, since the launch of the European Defence Agency, the European Union has progressively – although erratically – gathered momentum as a catalyst for further cooperation. Also NATO has played a relevant role in shaping the military transformation in Europe.

Starting from these premises, the aim of the panel is to investigate on the defence policies of European states from a comparative perspective. As a result, essays are welcome that cover one or more of these topics:

–      Empirical analyses of the defence policy of one or more European states.

  • Theoretical accounts of the evolution of one or more case studies.
  • In-depth analyses of individual defence policy initiatives and military innovation.
  • Theoretical and/or empirical investigations of the influence of the EU on one or more European States.
  • Theoretical and/or empirical investigations of the influence of NATO on one or more European States.

Panel 8.15 Stabilisation: a new framework for managing (in)security?

Chairs: Irene Costantini and Francesco N. Moro

Over the last decade, the international community has increasingly resorted to stabilisation missions as a new practice to engage in conflict-affected countries. Whether it is under a UN mandate or part of an ad-hoc coalition, stabilisation efforts are ongoing in countries such as Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Libya. Although their implementation remains vague and confused, at the core of stabilisation there is the notion of civil and military actions aimed at mitigating crises and creating resilient societies capable of withstanding shocks. As such, stabilisation has moved away from previously dominant frameworks of intervention in conflict-affected countries, such as peacebuilding and statebuilding. Indeed, stabilisation emerged in response to the failure of previous interventions (notably, Iraq and Afghanistan) and the doubts concerning the viability and possibility of building effective states in conflict-affected and fragile countries. The panel investigates what stabilisation is and how it is working as a framework for international action in conflict-affected countries. It questions international actors’ convergent and divergent notions of stability and their operationalization through time and space. By inviting quantitative and qualitative analyses of diverse case studies, the panel aims at unravelling the components and underlying assumptions of stabilisation as well as at scrutinizing similarities and differences between cases. Furthermore, it seeks to explore whether stabilisation is based upon a novel interpretation of insecurity and whether it proposes new ways of governing it.

 

Send your papers through MySisp.

See you soon in Torino.

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Elezioni 2018: “Difesa: la convergenza dell’assenza nei programmi di partiti sempre più ‘ignoranti’”

Segnaliamo con piacere l’intervista del quotidiano online L’Indro al “nostro” Fabrizio Coticchia. Il tema dell’intervista è la generalizzata assenza (o la limitata presenza) dei temi della difesa nei programmi elettorali dei partiti italiani, in vista delle prossime elezioni del 4 Marzo.

Qui il link all’intervista.

 

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A new book on strategic narratives, peace movements, and Italy.

We are glad to announce that the new book of “our” Fabrizio Coticchia is finally out.

Here you’ll find more info (in Italian) on: “Al di là dell’Arcobaleno. I movimenti pacifisti italiani tra ideologie e contro-narrazioni strategiche”, with A. Catanzaro (Milano: Vita e Pensiero, 2018).

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Call for papers – 3rd NASP International Workshop on Conflicts and Institutions

We are really please to announce the 3rd edition of the “NASP International Workshop on Conflicts and Institutions“, Genova, 26 June 2018.

Here you’ll find the Call for papers.

At this link you’ll find further details on the new “Observatory on Conflicts” of the University of Genova.

Here below additional details on the Workshop.

The dramatic events and emergencies in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and North Africa region show us the need of understanding how the domestic institutions can influence violent conflicts and, conversely, how, these conflicts can affect the domestic institutions. The last two years the University of Genoa, in cooperation with NASP, organized the conference “Conflicts & Institutions: Research, Projects and Workshops” (2016, 2017). In continuity with those events also this year we have invited leading scholars in conflicts studies, democratization, peacebuilding and international security.

James Fearon (Stanford University), Sonia Lucarelli (University of Bologna), and Duncan Snidal (University of Oxford) will give keynote speeches.

The main goal of the workshop is still to specify the links and the connections between the ongoing crises and the current conflicts to examine the relation between institutions and conflicts. At the same time, the Project “Conflicts & Institutions” aims at creating a network of scholars able to elaborate common research projects and proposals.

The current project has been designed and coordinated by Giampiero Cama (University of Genoa), Andrea Ruggeri (University of Oxford), and Fabrizio Coticchia (University of Genoa).

The workshop is co-funded by the University of Genoa, the Department of Political Science (DISPO) and by NASP (Network for Advancement of Social and Political Studies).

Among several participants there will be: Stefano Costalli (University of Florence), Francesco N. Moro (University of Bologna), Vincenzo Bove (Warwick), Silvia D’Amato (University of Florence), Giampiero Cama (University of Genoa), Andrea Ruggeri (University of Oxford), Mara Morini (University of Genoa), and Fabrizio Coticchia (University of Genoa).

CALL FOR APPLICATION

Within the one-day event of lectures and seminars there will be a panel where PhD candidates, Post–Docs and Research Fellows will have the opportunity to present their research and the international scholars attending will serve as discussants.
Papers studying conflict and peace dynamics, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, are welcome. The papers have to be in English and English is the working language of the workshop. Four/Five papers will be selected.

Abstract (maximum 200 words), and a brief short bio, should be sent to Fabrizio Coticchia ( fabrizio.coticchia@unige.it) by the 19th of March 2018.

Papers acceptance will be out by 30th March 2018. Participants will have to circulate their papers by the 15th of June 2018.

The workshop will cover the costs of lodging (and the social dinner) for the paper-givers. Travel costs are not included.

 

See you in Genova!!

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Low Expectations? Stabilization and stability operations as the ‘new normal’ in international interventions

We are pleased to present the workshop “Low Expectations? Stabilization and stability operations as the ‘new normal’ in international interventions”. This terrific workshop will take place at the University of Trento, in February (2nd-3rd, Department of Sociology and Social Research).

Here you’ll find all the details.

Here below additional info on the event and the programme.

The notion of “stability” and the practice of “stability operations” experienced a resurgence in the last decade. The United Nations, with operations in Haiti, in the Central African Republic, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Mali has re-framed the lexicon and practice of its interventions in this direction. NATO has been similarly focusing on “projecting stability” as one of the cornerstones to guarantee the Alliance’s security.
The reasons for such re-framing are diverse. The lengthy, costly and casualty-heavy wars in Afghanistan and Iraq inevitably led to intervention fatigue. In the last decade or so, either interventions in conflict-ridden countries did not take place (as in Syria) or were based on minimal footprint (as in Libya), at least compared to the previous large-scale operations with ambitious social, economic and political engineering goals. In this evolving context, the conceptual and operational parameters of these stabilization interventions are still opaque.
This workshop aims at dissecting how these “new” practices emerged and are unfolding, how they have been analysed in the academic literature, what are their sub-components (e.g. what role civil-military relations or intelligence play in these operations), and how they are linked to the broader security and development discourse.

Program

Day 1, Friday, February 2nd

13:00 pm Light Lunch
2:00 pm Roberto Belloni (University of Trento) & Francesco N. Moro (University of Bologna)
Introduction to the Workshop
2:15 pm Stefano Costalli (University of Florence) & Francesco N. Moro (University of Bologna)
Promoting democracy or averting war? Regime transitions, international interventions, and political instability
3:15 pm Jana Krause (University of Amsterdam)
Communal violence in the shadow of civil war: Implications for Stabilization and Protection
4:15 pm Coffee break
4:30 pm Marina Henke (Northwestern University, USA)
Why do UN peacekeepers die?
5:30 pm John Karlsrud (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo)
Getting the Right Tool for the Wrong Reasons? Examining United Nations Stability Operations
6:30 pm End of Day 1
8:00 pm Social dinner

Day 2, Saturday, February 3rd

9:00 am Mats Berdal (King’s College, London)
NATO’s Attempt at Stabilisation in Afghanistan, 2003-2014: Issues and Lessons
10:00 am Luca Raineri (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa) & Francesco Strazzari (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa & Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo)
Hybrid orders and stabilisation efforts in the Sahelo-Saharan space
11:00 am Coffee break
11:15 am Roberto Belloni (Trento) & Irene Costantini (“L’Orientale” University of Napoli)
Iraq 2003-2017: changing approaches to stability
12:15 pm Discussion on future prospects
1:00 pm Light lunch
2:00 pm Tavola Rotonda – Roundtable (in Italian):
Lo studio della pace e della guerra in Italia e nell’Unione Europea – The study of peace and war in Italy and in the European Union

Participants:

  • Valentina Bartolucci (Agency for Peacebuilding, Bologna)
  • Roberto Belloni (University of Trento)
  • Vincenzo Bove (University of Warwick)
  • Stefano Costalli (University of Florence)
  • Irene Costantini (”L’Orientale” University of Napoli)
  • Fabrizio Coticchia (University of Genova)
  • Sara De Simone (University of Trento)
  • Bernardo Monzani (Agency for Peacebuilding, Bologna)
  • Francesco N. Moro (University of Bologna)
  • Francesco Strazzari (SSSUP, Pisa & Oslo)

Convenors:

  • Roberto Belloni, University of Trento
  • Francesco N. Moro, University of Bologna

 

See you in Trento.

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La missione in Niger e la politica di difesa italiana. Un’analisi.

A quanto sembra, l’Italia invierà un contingente militare (circa 500 unità) in Niger. Sia il Primo Ministro Gentiloni che la responsabile del Dicastero della Difesa Pinotti hanno confermato la prossima operazione italiana nel Sahel. Nei prossimi giorni il Parlamento affronterà la questione e avremo maggiori dettagli rispetto al tipo di attività previste sul campo. Sono comunque già emersi alcuni particolari relativi al prossimo impegno delle forze armate oltre confine. Come scrive la Rivista Italiana Difesa: “La missione, che verrà dispiegata nel Paese del Sahel nelle prossime settimane, avrà il compito di addestrare le Forze Armate e di Polizia nigerine e supportarle nel controllo e monitoraggio di un’area strategica al confine con la Libia, fondamentale per i flussi migratori ed i traffici diretti verso l’Europa e l’Italia […] La missione sarà composta da un numero massimo di 470 militari ed oltre 100 veicoli e si schiererà sul terreno in 3 fasi con una prima aliquota di 30 unità, poi 120 ed il totale entro la fine dell’anno”.

Quali gli obiettivi della missione? Nelle parole di Gentiloni: “Il terrorismo è andato consolidandosi in questi anni nel Sahel, in Africa, ed è questo uno dei motivi per i quali una parte delle forze che sono state dispiegate in Iraq – questa è la proposta che il governo farà in Parlamento – saranno dispiegate nei prossimi mesi in Niger, con una missione che avrà il ruolo di consolidare quel Paese, contrastare il traffico degli esseri umani e contrastare il terrorismo”.

Secondo Jean-Pierre Darnis, responsabile del Programma di ricerca Sicurezza, Difesa, Spazio dello IAI, la nuova missione italiana in Niger rappresenta per l’Italia la saldatura tra “un interesse nazionale essenzialmente rivolto alla Libia” e “la visione francese, tedesca e statunitense di stabilizzazione dell’intera zona saheliana, con un connubio fra lotta al terrorismo, stabilità delle frontiere, contrasto all’emigrazione clandestina e sviluppo locale” (qui la sua analisi).

Alcuni hanno criticato la “missione in teatro di guerra” che “rischia di prestarsi alla violazione dei diritti umani di tante persone perseguitate, che cercando di fuggire dalle zone di conflitto”.

Al di là di polemiche e del dibattito contingente, alla luce del lungo processo di evoluzione post-bipolare della Difesa italiana e della considerevole trasformazione militare avvenuta, è opportuno evidenziare gli elementi di continuità e discontinuità della missione, nonché gli aspetti-chiave che consentono di illustrare lo stato attuale della Difesa. In altre parole, prendendo spunto dalla discussione attuale relativa alla missione in Niger è possibile – attraverso uno sguardo più ampio – illustrare lo “stato dell’arte” della Difesa italiana ed i suoi tratti peculiari. Eccone alcuni:

  • Come accade spesso, l’iter parlamentare relativo ad una operazione militare nazionale non appare “lineare”. L’Italia, infatti, contrariamente ad altri paesi (per esempio la Germania), non si è dotata (per decenni…) di una legislazione chiara sul ruolo delle Camere in materia di approvazione di operazioni militari oltre frontiere (per una riflessione accademica sul tema si rimanda ai paper e ai lavori di alcuni autori di questo convegno). La retorica delle “operazioni di polizia internazionale” (inaugurata nel 1990-91 ai tempi di “Desert Storm”) e delle “missioni di pace” ha consentito per anni di bypassare i limiti costituzionali, tanto che spesso gli interventi sono stati approvati da deputati e senatori dopo l’effettivo impiego delle forze militari (come nel caso del Kosovo nel 1999). Le riforme successive (1997, 2000), pur “regolamentando” la pratica del rifinanziamento, non hanno fatto chiarezza, limitando nei fatti il dibattito nelle aule parlamentari, riducendo così gli audience costs per il governo di fronte ad una opinione pubblica spesso in disaccordo sulle missioni, e garantendo ad un generalizzato sostegno bipartisan sulle “operazioni di pace” uno scarso – ma funzionale – livello di attenzione politica. Solo nel dicembre 2016 l’Italia si è dotata (finalmente!) di una legge organica sulle missioni. Vedremo, a partire dal caso del Niger, se le cose cambieranno e se il parlamento avrà effettivamente un ruolo più incisivo riguardo le operazioni oltre confine (costi, obiettivi, durata, regole di ingaggio, ecc.);
  • La missione in Sahel conferma un tratto dominante dell’impegno militare italiano oltre frontiera: il ruolo dell’addestramento delle forze locali. Il training delle forze di sicurezza e di polizia è divenuto cruciale nelle odierne operazioni (in particolare di quelle di stabilizzazione e di contro-insorgenza) data la necessità di rafforzare la capacità delle strutture statuali delle aree di intervento nel garantire con proprie forze la sicurezza, limitando al contempo i boots on the ground di forze occidentali. Gli italiani, inoltre, impiegano da anni un asset particolarmente apprezzato e richiesto: i Carabinieri. Data la loro natura “mista” essi infatti hanno da lustri collezionato una vasta esperienza di formazione di forze locali. Ma anche altre forze nazionali sono state constatemene impiegate nell’addestramento, come avvenuto anche di recente in Iraq, nei confronti dei soldati iracheni e delle milizie curde. Appare interessante notare come all’addestramento si accompagni spesso un processo di supporto e di assistenza delle forze locali sul campo, anche in operazioni di combattimento (come sta ancora avvenendo in Afghanistan nonostante il buio mediatico). Vedremo se anche in Niger accadrà lo stesso (di certo il livello di attenzione dei media scommettiamo rimarrà molto limitato se non assente..);
  • Al di là delle polemiche attuali relative al controverso rapporto con la Francia, la missione in Niger conferma la centralità di quella che può essere considerata la caratteristica dominante del complesso percorso di trasformazione delle forze armate italiane: l’interoperabilità multinazionale. In altre parole, la capacità delle forze di operare sul campo assieme ad altri contingenti. L’Afghanistan ha dimostrato il livello di sviluppo di tale interoperabilità, soprattutto all’interno di framework multilaterali, in primis la NATO. Vedremo se anche nel caso del Niger il contesto multilaterale si confermerà come linea guida centrale della politica di difesa italiana oppure se l’operazione avverrà (come più raramente è successo) in uno scenario multinazionale, forse preludio di uno sviluppo “a cerchi ristretti” delle difesa tra paesi europei;
  • Come già avvenuto più volte nel contesto bipolare, l’Italia impiega il proprio strumento militare per contrastare minacce non militari, come appunto l’”immigrazione clandestina” o il crimine organizzato. Dalle operazioni navali contri pirateria e traffico di essere umani, fino all’uso della portaerei Cavour in seguito all’”emergenza umanitaria” di Haiti, l’Italia da anni schiera i proprio soldati (all’estero ma anche in Italia) contro tali minacce “multidimensionali” alla sicurezza nazionale (per un’analisi cross-time dell’uso delle forze armate italiane contro minacce non militari si veda questo paper). Terrorismo e flussi migratori appaiono i due temi-chiave anche della missione in Niger;
  • Infine, la missione in Niger sembra rappresentare un passaggio-centrale nel processo che potremmo definire di “riposizionamento strategico” dell’Italia, evidente (almeno nelle intenzioni) dal Libro Bianco 2015 (per un’analisi approfondita si veda qui). Il Mediterraneo viene definito, infatti, come l’area strategicamente centrale per l’interesse nazionale italiano: “La nostra posizione geopolitica, centrale nel bacino Mediterraneo, inoltre, ci offre opportunità, ma anche ineludibili obblighi. L’Italia è capace e desiderosa di esercitare un ruolo riconosciuto di responsabilità nella sua area di riferimento agendo, secondo le sue possibilità e in armonia con la Comunità internazionale, per contribuire alla pace e allo sviluppo regionale. In tale ottica, la Difesa metterà al servizio del Paese le sue multiformi capacità di capire, prevenire, affrontare e risolvere le situazioni di crisi e di sviluppare un tessuto di relazioni in grado di favorire la stabilizzazione dell’area mediterranea”. Proprio nel Mediterraneo, dalle operazioni navali fino alla Libia, l’Italia ha svolto (se con successo o meno non stiamo qui a giudicarlo) un ruolo di primo piano negli ultimi anni. Certo, dall’impegno umanitario di Mare Nostrum alle controverse decisioni adottate questa estate rispetto al tema del “rafforzamento della guardia costiera libica” e al traffico di migranti (ampiamente, e con estremo dettaglio, denunciate da organizzazioni che tutelano i diritti umani) il cambiamento è apparso considerevole. Dalle parole dei decision-makers italiani relativi alla missione in Niger, sembra poi che si stia verificando uno shift considerevole in materia di impegno militare nazionale, dall’Afghanistan e l’Iraq (i teatri centrali della presenza militare italiana nel post-11 settembre) fino al Sahel (chiamato un po’ stranamente “Mediterraneo allargato”…).

Vedremo se tale percorso di “riposizionamento strategico” sarà effettivo o meno solo in futuro. Nelle prossime settimane avremo notizie più dettagliate relative all’impego militare italiano in Niger. Venus continuerà a seguire da vicino la missione, cercando sempre di collegare gli eventi della difesa italiana (e non solo) al dibattito accademico (seppur limitato nel caso nazionale, comunque presente).

Nel frattempo Venus va in vacanza qualche giorno e augura ai suoi lettori buone feste…

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Projecting Stability in an Unstable World

What is stability? What policies can lead to “stable” outcomes in countries emerging from civil wars or undergoing political upheavals? A 2-day workshop sponsored by NATO – Allied Command Transformation and organized by the University of Bologna and the Istituto Affari Internazionali – IAI has been addressing these questions in the past Spring. Academics, think tankers and practitioners (from IOs and NGOs) participated to the event.

Now, a report summarizing the main findings of the Workshop has been released (you can find it on the UNIBO and IAI websites).  The report, entitled “Projecting Stability in an Unstable World” and edited by Sonia Lucarelli and Francesco Moro (UNIBO) and Alessandro Marrone (IAI), features 3 sections discussing (1) stability and stabilization, (2) the interactions among international stakeholders and (3) the interactions between IOs and NGOs.

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Italy from Crisis to Crisis: Political Economy, Security, and Society in the 21st Century

We are really pleased to recommend you this book, just published: “Italy from Crisis to Crisis: Political Economy, Security, and Society in the 21st Century“, edited by Matt Evangelista (Routledge, 2017).

Here you’ll find the table of contents

Among the contributors: Sidney Tarrow, Jonathan Hopkin, Julia Lynch, Elisabetta Brighi and many others. Also “our” Fabrizio Coticchia wrote a chapter on Italian post-Cold War defense policy.

Here below a summary of the book

Italy from Crisis to Crisis seeks to understand Italy’s approach to crises by studying the country in regional, international, and comparative context. Without assuming that the country is abnormal or unusually crisis-prone, the authors treat Italy as an example from which other countries might learn.

The book integrates the analysis of domestic politics and foreign policy, including Italy’s approach to military interventions, energy security, economic relations with the European Union (EU), and to the NATO alliance, and covers a number of issues that normally receive little attention in studies of “high politics,” such as information policy, national identity, immigration, youth unemployment, and family relations. Finally, it puts Italy in a comparative perspective – with other European states, naturally – but also with Latin America, and even the United States, all countries that have experienced similar crises to Italy’s and similar – often populist – responses.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of, and courses on, Italian politics and history, European politics and, more broadly, comparative politics and democracy.

 

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Call for papers – Between Rights and Fear: Evaluating the Migration-Terrorism Nexus in Europe

Guest Post by Elisa Piras*

 

The University of Bologna Team of GLOBUS, coordinated by Sonia Lucarelli, organises a workshop to explore the (actual and perceived) links between migration and terrorism from different perspectives and disciplinary approaches. The workshop will take place at the University Centre of Bertinoro, on June 4-6, 2018.

GLOBUS – Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice (2016-2020) is a multidisciplinary, transnational research project coordinated by the ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo and funded by an Horizon 2020 Action. The University of Bologna Team is one of the eight research partners involved in the project; its research activities focus on migration.

About the workshop

In the past few years, the EU has seen significant arrivals of migrants and refugees that have challenged the EU’s internal cohesion and have been instrumentally used by populist and nationalist movements to raise public concerns. At the same time, terrorist attacks have multiplied in Europe, some perpetrated by migrants of first or second generation claiming allegiance to Islamic fundamentalist groups.

The workshop has four main aims:

  1. Evaluate the relations between terrorism and migration at the global level, exploring the ethical implications
  2. Study the social construction through narratives and practices of the link between migration and terrorism in European societies.
  3. Study the link between terrorism and migration in the EU’s foreign policy and in the global governance of migration
  4. Study the tension between different justice claims through case-studies We welcome proposals for papers relevant to any of the above aims.

Expenses: Participants from Universities who are not GLOBUS partner institutions will have their expenses fully covered.

Proposals: Please send a proposal with name, affiliation, title and abstract of the paper to sps.globus@unibo.it and michela.ceccorulli2@unibo.it by 15 December 2017. A selection will follow. Please acknowledge that only a limited number of papers will be accepted due to space constraints in the workshop programme.

Deadline: The accepted participants should send the full paper to the organizers by May 15, 2018.

Further information

Please visit the page http://www.globus.uio.no/events/workshops/bologna-migration-and-terrorism-june-2018.html

 

* Research Fellow in Political Philosophy at Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies

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