“Guerra, Pace e Sicurezza alle Porte del Mediterraneo” (2017)

Anche quest’anno il Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche (DISPO) dell’Università di Genova organizza il ciclo di seminari. “Guerra, Pace e Sicurezza alle Porte del Mediterraneo”, che si pone lo scopo di approfondire i temi relativi all’evoluzione della sicurezza internazionale attraverso una serie di workshop e convegni con accademici, politici, giornalisti, esperti e practitioner del settore.

Tali eventi, direttamente collegati ai corsi “Guerre, Conflitti e Costruzione della Pace” di Andrea Catanzaro e del nostro Fabrizio Coticchia, e del corso di Relazioni Internazionali di Giampiero Cama, sono aperti a tutti gli studenti.

Qui i tre seminari organizzati per Marzo e Aprile.

Il seminario esamina il complesso processo di integrazione del mercato europeo della difesa alla luce dei più recenti eventi (“Brexit”, EU Global Strategy, European Defence Action Plan, elezione del Presidente Trump) e le sue possibili implicazioni politiche e istituzionali. Alla fine del seminario saranno brevemente presentate le attività di stage proposte dallo IAI – Istituto Affari Internazionali di Roma.

Il workshop ha l’obiettivo di esaminare l’evoluzione del rapporto tra ricerca scientifica, informazione e movimenti nell’ambito degli studi sulla pace e la sicurezza in Italia. Il recente rapporto di “Osservatorio Mil€x” sulle spese militari in Italia rappresenta una interessante occasione per affrontare i temi della difesa e della sicurezza dal punto di vista “empirico”. Appare sempre più opportuno, infatti, interrogarsi sullo stato della “peace research” in Italia, per comprenderne le cause del lento affermarsi nella penisola e le caratteristiche dei più recenti sviluppi.

Il workshop ha l’obiettivo di esaminare l’arco di instabilità che caratterizza la sponda meridionale del Mediteranno, con particolare riferimento alla Libia e al Sahel. L’obiettivo sarà quello di illustrare la recente evoluzione dei conflitti locali, il ruolo di organizzazioni criminali e terroristiche, e la complessa relazione tra gli stati dell’area ed i paesi europei in rapporto ai temi della sicurezza. Il workshop cerca di esaminare in modo approfondito tali argomenti grazie alla vasta conoscenza in materia degli autori, i quali da anni svolgono ricerca sul campo.

Ci vediamo a Genova (ci saranno delle grosse novità per il secondo anno del workshop su “Conflicts&Institutions di Giugno…stay tuned)

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Venus on 2016: Tips on books, TV, papers, and the late T.C. Schelling

Quite of a year, 2016. As we prepare to celebrate – big dinners around here – for New Year’s Eve, we want to share something we did like in the past year. We range from TV to academic papers. But, we promise: no Trump, no Brexit and no Italian Constitutional referendum among the topics. It’s strange Top 5 (maybe 6, depending on how you count) because we selected 5 topics but often we could not agree on what should have been mentioned. The longer-than-usual list is the outcome of such disagreements.

So we asked ourselves what 2016 brought on the TV screen. List would be long, so we focused on new stuff. Two different answers, of course. One came up with the (Netflix-produced) story of Irish soldiers deployed in the  first large-scale UN peacekeeping mission that took place in Congo in the early 60s (ONUC) : “The Siege of Jadotville” (trailer here). The other was struck by the realism and vivid description of life of American Muslims (as well as by John Turturro’s acting) in HBO’s TV series “The night of”.

Fiction books. 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner The Sympathizer (here, The Guardian reviews it) – a contemporary yet classic spy story on a double agent moving from Vietnam to America – inevitably attracted the attention of the Vietnam War most passionate student among the two. The other recently read “The Association of Small Bombs”, on (terrorist) bombing and how bombers and survivors deal orologi replica italia with its consequences (here, a NYT review).

Newspapers and magazines section. Suggestion number one is a A&Q (The Atlantic series that explores the complexity of commonly-held beliefs about “solutions” to big questions/problems) about the decline of crime in the US, by putting together and assessing different explanations for such trend. Suggestion number two is a different take on one of the topic that made the headlines in the past year: Aleppo. Legendary Middle-East reporter Robert Fisk wonders if the destructions of antiquities occurring in Syria proves that Western museums should still hold most of them.

Time for academic papers, and again two different tips. If you like focusing on contemporary matters and into hot policy-relevant debates, Aisha Ahmad shows how Islamist groups adopting a global Jihadist identity are better replica orologi italia able than others focusing on local tribal and ethnic identities to recruit, expand, and create intra-group cohesion (“Going Global: Islamist Competition in Contemporary Civil Wars”). If you always wondered what made some Samurai more able than others to raise taxes…well it’s the peasants’ willingness and capacity to mobilize. Abbey Steele, Christopher Paik and Seiki Tanaka empirically show how this process worked in an article titled “Constraining the Samurai: Rebellion and Taxation in Early Modern Japan”.

Something we do agree upon, though. First, we join in mourning Thomas Schelling, who recently passed away aged 95. It is hard to overstate Schelling’s contribution to strategic thinking (actually, just one of the fields he contributed too). This is how great IR scholar Robert Jervis remembers Schelling. This is a thorough review of the contribution of Schelling’s most important book, The Strategy of Conflict.

Second, on a lighter tone and kind off-topic, we agree on sports’ best performance of the year: Lebron James’ NBA Finals concluded by “The Block” (and this ESPN Sports Science version explaining the numbers behind it).

 

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‘The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises’

What about Barcelona in September? A very good reason to visit Catalonia is the EISA’s 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations.

Here you’ll find all the info on the conference.

Indeed, this year’s conference takes place in Barcelona, 13-16 September 2017. The title of the conference is: “The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises“.

Here the call of paper, panel and roundtable.

From our perspective we believe that the section on Foreign Policy Analysis is extremely interesting.

Here below the abstract of the section:

The section will discuss original and innovative theory-guided works in the field of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). The hallmarks of FPA are its penchant for actor-specific, middle-range theorising and for interdisciplinary and multidimensional approaches. Theoretical approaches in the field can be differentiated along several dimensions, such as levels of analysis, whether they are structural or agent-orientated, or whether they are constructivist, rationalist or cognitive/psychological. At the same time, FPA has a rich tradition of efforts at theoretical integration, which indeed have been singled out by Valerie Hudson as the ‘true promise’ of FPA. In many ways, however, FPA is still largely an ‘American social science’. In American IR, FPA is a well-established sub-discipline: it is one of the largest sections of the International Studies Association and has its own journal, Foreign Policy Analysis. In European IR, in contrast, FPA tends to be somewhat at the margins. The section, therefore, is meant to strengthen the profile of FPA in European IR and to foster an exchange between scholars in Europe who are engaged in it. In particular, it seeks to explore the contributions which ‘European’ FPA can make to the discipline and possible ways of strengthening the links to ‘American’ FPA. To this purpose, we invite panels that elaborate on different theoretical perspectives in FPA, address the challenge of theoretical integration in the field or apply theories of FPA to specific empirical puzzles. The section espouses a pluralist perspective and welcomes panels of any methodological orientation.

See you in Spain

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La politica estera e di difesa del governo Renzi

In seguito alla vittoria del “no” al referendum costituzionale, il Presidente del Consiglio, Matteo Renzi, si è dimesso. Data l’incertezza del contesto politico attuale si moltiplicano analisi e commenti relativi al futuro esecutivo, alla riforma della legge elettorale e allo scenario che porterà il paese alle (ennesime) elezioni.

Oltre a cercare di capire cosa succederà nelle prossime settimane, riteniamo importante comprendere cosa sia successo in questi anni in materia di politica estera e di difesa. Per questo motivo segnaliamo volentieri (come già fatto qui) il workshop organizzato dal Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche dell’Università di Genova sulla politica estera e di difesa nei (quasi) tre anni di governo Renzi.

Qui trovate tutte le informazioni relative al workshop, organizzato nell’ambito del ciclo di Seminari 2016-17 “Guerra, Pace e Sicurezza alle Porte del Mediterraneo”, legato al corso “Guerre, Conflitti e Costruzione della Pace” (qui e qui le info sul corso)

Al workshop interverranno

Interverranno:

On. Lia Quartapelle Commissione Esteri e Affari Comunitari, Camera dei Deputati (Capogruppo PD) e Research Associate presso l’Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale – ISPI

Pietro Batacchi Direttore della Rivista Italiana Difesa (RID)

Andrea Locatelli Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano

Fabrizio Coticchia DISPO, Università di Genova (qui trovate una sua breve analisi dei fattori di continuità e discontinuità della politica di difesa del governo Renzi)

Modera Giampiero Cama DISPO, Università di Genova

Ci vediamo a Genova…

Schermata 2016-12-10 alle 21.50.02

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NATO, UE, politica estera e di difesa italiana. Due seminari…

Segnaliamo volentieri due interessanti seminari relativi al processo di evoluzione della politica estera e di difesa italiana nello scenario redazionale, caratterizzato dalla profonda trasformazione di NATO e Unione Europea. Entrambi gli eventi si terranno alla Facoltà di Scienze Politiche dell’Università di Genova.

Il primo seminario si svolgerà il prossimo Lunedì 21 Novembre 2016 (14-16 Aula 3 Albergo dei Poveri) e si intitola: “L’evoluzione della Sicurezza Europea tra NATO e Unione Europea“. Il seminario prevede l’intervento del dott. Alessandro Marrone (IAI), il quale illustrerà agli studenti anche le possibilità di stage all’Istituto e il Programma Sicurezza&Difesa.

L’incontro si svolge all’interno del corso di Scienza Politica del Prof. Giampiero Cama. Modererà l’incontro il dott.Fabrizio Coticchia (Università di Genova).

Il secondo workshop si intitola: “L’Evoluzione della Politica Estera e di Difesa Italianae si svolgerà il prossimo Venerdì 16 Dicembre 2016 (14-16. Aula 16, DISPO, Albergo dei Poveri). Interverranno:

On. Lia Quartapelle Commissione Esteri e Affari Comunitari, Camera dei Deputati (Capogruppo PD) e Research Associate presso l’Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale – ISPI

Pietro Batacchi Direttore della Rivista Italiana Difesa (RID)

Andrea Locatelli Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano

Fabrizio Coticchia DISPO, Università di Genova

Modera Giampiero Cama DISPO, Università di Genova

Il workshop ha l’obiettivo di illustrare l’attuale processo di evoluzione della politica estera e difesa italiana. La crescente instabilità regionale e globale ha sollevato una rinnovata attenzione sui temi della politica internazionale. Che ruolo svolge l’Italia in tale contesto? Quali sono state le principali scelte compiute dal governo Renzi in materia di difesa e politica estera? Come valutare i risultati ottenuti? Il workshop, attraverso il confronto tra prospettive diverse, cerca di rispondere a queste domande.

L’incontro si svolge all’interno del ciclo di seminari “Guerra, Pace e Sicurezza alle porte del Mediterraneo” (organizzato da Andrea Catanzaro e Fabrizio Coticchia) che si pone lo scopo di approfondire i temi relativi all’evoluzione della sicurezza internazionale attraverso una serie di incontri, workshop e convegni con accademici, politici, giornalisti, esperti e practitioner del settore. Tali eventi, direttamente collegati al corso “Guerre, Conflitti e Costruzione della Pace”, sono aperti a tutti gli studenti.

Qui e qui troverete ulteriori dettagli relativi ad entrambi i seminari, aperti a tutti gli studenti.

Ci vediamo a Zena.

 

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“Le missioni militari nella politica estera italiana”

Dopo l’annuncio da parte del Segretario della NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, che anche un numero (limitato) di truppe italiane saranno schierate nei paesi baltici, è divampata una immediata polemica rispetto alla scelta di schierare tale contingente “simbolico” al confine con la Russia. Al di là del (complesso e controverso) merito della vicenda, sorprende il “ritardo dello stupore“, dato che già dopo il Vertice di NATO Varsavia la scelta era risaputa. Ma, come ahimè sappiamo, il dibattito sui temi della difesa e della sicurezza è ancora a livelli davvero scarni in Italia.

Per contribuire ad attirare una maggiore attenzione su questi temi siamo ben lieti quindi di segnalare questa iniziativa, promossa da IAI e Consules: 11 incontri nelle università italiane per “comprendere il ruolo dell’Italia nelle relazioni internazionali

Qui di seguito la locandina dell’evento che si svolgerà domani a Trento, dal titolo: “Le missioni militari nella politica estera italiana

Ci vediamo a Trento
Schermata 2016-10-19 alle 15.56.03

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European Initiative on Security Studies

We are pleased to present an excellent initiative on European security studies. The European Initiative on Security Studies (EISS) is a Europe-wide cluster of over fifty universities that share the goal of consolidating security studies in Europe.

Here you’ll find the official website of the EISS

Here below some further details:

The aim of the EISS is two-fold: first, to establish a Europe-wide network on security studies, with an annual conference and permanent thematic standing groups; and second, to develop future research projects and funding applications among European scholars and academic institutions working in the field of security studies. The EISS is thematically-driven, open to all theoretical approaches and interdisciplinary.

The EISS annual conference is organized by the Association for the Study of War and Strategy (AEGES). Its first annual (two-days) conference will be held on January 13-14, 2017, at the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2), in collaboration with the Center Thucydides and the Center for Studies and Research on Administrative and Political Science (CERSA) of Paris 2. The academic director of the EISS is Dr. Hugo Meijer, IRSEM/Sciences Po-CERI.

Here for contact information for the EISS 2017 Conference.

In sum, a terrific project that deserves a considerable attention.

(P.S. Venus will be at theParis Conference..)

 

 

 

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Il Convegno SISP 2016. Qualche suggerimento

Come già segnalato in precedenti post (qui e qui), tra pochi giorni inizierà il Convegno annuale della SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica). Panel, incontri, seminari e tavole rotonde saranno ospitati quest’anno dall’Università degli Studi di Milano, dal 15 al 17 Settembre.

Qui tutte le informazioni su convegno

Qui il programma

Il primo suggerimento per coloro che si recheranno a Milano riguarda questa interessante Tavola Rotonda (che si svolgerà Venerdì in Aula Magna a Scienze Politiche) sulla politica estera italiana:

“Come ripensare la politica estera dell’Italia?”

Chair: Alessandro Colombo, Università degli Studi di Milano

Interventi di:

Min. Paolo Gentiloni
Ambasciatore Sergio Romano
Vittorio Emanuele Parsi, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Milano

Angelo Panebianco, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

 

Come di consueto, segnaliamo anche i panel nei quali Venus in Arms darà presente:

Panel 8.2 Collective violence in intra-state conflicts. From historical cases to ISIS
After the end of the Cold War, intra-state conflicts attracted increasing attention both from policy-makers and scholars, due to their overall numbers, lethality, and for their consequences on regional, and sometimes global, orders. The growing literature on civil wars, and more broadly on collective violence (including terrorism and large-scale violence perpetrated by “criminal” groups such as drug trafficking organizations), provided in the last two decades important insights on the causes, the dynamics – and increasingly in recent years – on the social, economic and political consequences of conflicts. This panel will focus on violence in intra-state conflicts (as well as “transnational civil wars”). In order to do so, it welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions, ideally gathering proposals that adopt diverse research strategies and research methods, and look at different levels of analysis. The topics include, although they are not limited to, the following:
a) studies on the relation between the evolution of the international system and the proliferation of domestic conflict;
b) papers on the “micro”-level dynamics of violence, such as the strategic use of violence (selective and discriminate) by armed groups;
c) research on spatial and temporal variation of political conflict and violence;
d) studies on the organizational set-up of insurgent organizations, terrorist groups, armed militias;
e) papers on “wartime political orders” and “rebel governance”;
f) insurgent groups’ decision to use terrorist tactics both in civil wars and abroad.

Chairs: Stefano Costalli, Francesco Moro

Terrorists going Transnational: Rethinking the Role of States
Silvia D’Amato

Modelli di analisi per le attuali situazioni di crisi nell’area mediterranea. Incidenza dell’ISIS nelle dinamiche della stabilizzazione.
Fabio Atzeni

The radicalisation pathways and mobilisation dynamics of jihadist foreign fighters: The case of Italy
Francesco Marone

Wearing a Keffiyeh in Rome: The Transnational Relationships Between the Italian Revolutionary Left and the Palestinian Resistance
Luca Falciola

Panel 6.2 Social Movements and Practices of Resistance in Times of Crisis (II)
In the current socio-economic crisis, social movements face several types of challenge: firstly, they are confronting institutions which are less able to mediate new demands for social justice and equity from various sectors of society caused by the successful neo-liberal attack on the welfare system; secondly, given the highly individualized structure of contemporary society, they also experiencing difficulties in building strong and lasting bonds of solidarity and cooperation among people.
It is in this context, on the one side, we see the rise and consolidation of new mutualistic and cooperative experiences of resistance within which new ties for collective action are created, promoting community-led initiatives for social and economic sustainability: solidarity-based exchanges and networks, barter groups, new consumer-producer cooperatives, time banks, local savings groups, ethical banks, alternative social currency, citizens’ self-help groups, solidarity purchasing groups, fair trade, recovered factories, and others similar practices.
On the other side, beyond anti-austerity protests, urban and territorial movements are emerged, generating alternative discourses, new practices and types of relationships; claiming the “right to the city”, they oppose the continuous commodification of the urban areas, the devastation of the territories and the dismantling of the welfare state system: from the locally unwanted land use movements, to the squatting movements for housing and social centres, from the opposition to gentrification processes to the alternative use of the urban spaces, as that made by current “Nuit Debout” movement in Paris.
We are interested in contributions based on empirical research, which investigate on networks, framing, collective identities, forms of action and relations with political institutions and other movements. Comparative studies will be appreciated, but theoretical considerations and in-depth cases studies are also welcome.

Chairs: Fabio De Nardis, Gianni Piazza

Food Movements for a fair and sustainable agri-food system: the case study of Solidarity Purchase Groups Movement in Italy
Daniela Bernaschi

La contestazione a Expo2015 in ottica intersezionale: dal diritto alla città ai diritti animali.
Niccolo Bertuzzi

Narratives and counter-narratives: security issues and peace movements in Italy.
Fabrizio Coticchia e Andrea Catanzaro

Giovani e partecipazione politica in Italia al tempo della crisi
Elisa Lello

Panel 7.4 Le politiche per la sicurezza. Valori, strategie e strumenti (I)
In recent times security policies have been moulded by sources of extremism and radicalization that have triggered a diffuse sense of alarm and panicking within Europe, across its neighbourhoods and at the international level.
These dynamics have been addressed by states and a number of regional and international institutions and organizations Against this background, European security programs have been developed as a reaction to terrorist threat that have been framed as a transnational phenomenon. The extent to which security policies are shaped by local practices and actors has been overlooked, while security provisions are very often locally grounded.
The aim of this panel is to explore the evolution of homeland security concepts and security policy paradigms, in Europe and beyond, and to ascertain the degree to which their implementation can be detected in various policies and practices.
The philosophy and strategy of security policies seek to depart from the traditional approach of solely reacting to risks, crimes or incidents by calling upon both proactive and reactive measures in an attempt to eradicate – or minimize – the fundamental roots of criminal behaviours. Community policing is that law enforcement agencies will improve their performance and level of service to the community by forging partnerships with those actors identified as “external” to the police organization and by utilizing problem-solving techniques and new technologies in order to proactively combat and prevent crimes.
In many countries security policies are on top of the political agenda of central and local governments also in order to reach a better coordination among global, state and local authorities.
In recent years, a great deal of effort has also been invested in redirecting the role of international, regional and local authorities to protecting life and property from a multitude of internal and external threats and risks by increasing the ‘securitization’ of a number of issues.
This is particularly evident, for example in policies that address problems of urban deterioration or ordinary crime.
The panel seeks to gather contributions devoted to security policies as treated at various governance levels stretching from local to global. Multidisciplinary papers confronting the topic of security from different perspectives are particularly welcome.
Chairs: Serena Viola Giusti, Maria Stella Righettini

Discussants: Serena Viola Giusti

Through military lenses. Security perceptions and learning in the case of Italian armed forces
Fabrizio Coticchia, Francesco Niccolò Moro, e Lorenzo Cicchi

La sicurezza negli stadi. Il nuovo modello organizzativo per la sicurezza dello Stadio Olimpico di Roma
Nicola Ferrigni

The European integration Fund, a trigger for domestic intra and inter institutional changes
Gaia Testore

 

Ci vediamo a Milano

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“Beyond Parliamentarism. A research agenda on conflicts, political institutions and regime stability in new democracies”

The ECPR General Conference is coming.The 2016 Conference will be held at Charles University, Prague, in the Czech Republic (7-10 September).

Here you’ll find the academic programme, and here the timetable.

As reported by the official website: The academic programme takes the traditional format of Sections and Panels, with over 60 Sections normally being organised, each focussing on a particular sub-field of the discipline. Each Section then contains between three and eight Panels, each addressing a specific question within the overall topic. The ECPR General Conference attracts a truly international audience crossing all sub-disciplines of political science and indeed all career stages; presenting a Paper therefore provides the opportunity to benefit from invaluable discussion and debate. Alternatively, participants can simply observe and still take advantage of the full conference experience.

Among several interesting panels we recommend the paper written by (our) Fabrizio Coticchia with Giampiero Cama, titled: “Beyond Parliamentarism. A research agenda on conflicts, political institutions and regime stability in new democracies”.

Here below the abstract:

The crisis of liberal peace, which achieved pre-eminence in the post-bipolar era, has recently emerged as a result of a growing array of problems and failures. The operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have illustrated the setbacks of international liberal peacebuilding. Other approaches, such as “hybrid peace” or “resilience”, have radically questioned the main top-down assumptions of Western humanitarian interventions. At the same time, comparative politics literature has devoted a considerable attention to the understanding of state institutions and rule of law in processes of democratization. However, most research surprisingly lacks systematic analyses capable of identifying the explaining variables of success or failure in regime stability in non-homogenous societies. Combining conflict studies, institutional design perspectives, conflict management and peacebuilding approaches, this paper aims at filling this gap, providing a comprehensive theoretical framework on conflicts and institutions. Moving beyond the increasing “compartmentalisation” of the literature, our goal is to design a map that can contribute to highlight and overcome the obstacles and pitfalls of modelling, portrayed as a “minefield” where mistakes and problems easily emerge. The paper focuses on the dynamic and flexible interactions between actors, institutions and exogenous factors in non-homogenous post-conflicts societies. More specifically, we devote attention to the overlooked role played by the parliament as a crucial arena for better analysing power-sharing mechanisms and state-building.

Here the link to the panel

See you in Prague.

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Parlare di pace e guerra in Italia (parte terza)

Prima di una breve pausa per le vacanze estive Venus voleva ricordarvi alcune novità per il prossimo anno.

Come abbiamo già scritto in precedenti post (qui e qui) non è facile parlare di pace e guerra in Italia, dai media al Parlamento, dal dibattito pubblico alle università. Pertanto, anche nel prossimo anno accademico, confermiamo il  ciclo di seminari “Guerra, Pace e Sicurezza alle porte del Mediterraneo” (promosso dal Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche dell’Università di Genova e organizzato da Andrea Catanzaro e dal nostro Fabrizio Coticchia).

Molte le iniziative realizzate quest’anno (si veda per esempio qui) ehe confermeremo anche nei prossimi semestri, invitando a Genova esperti italiani e stranieri, politici, giornalisti, militari, pacifisti.

La novità del prossimo anno è la creazione di un Osservatorio sui conflitti (il nome ed il relativo acronimo sono ancora da decidere..) legato proprio ad iniziative analoghe. Anche Venus parteciperà direttamente.

Quindi, stay tuned e buone vacanze

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