“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
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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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22nd International conference on Intelligence in the Knowledge Society 2016

Guest Post by Davide Barbieri*

 

New terrorist organizations, rogue states, almost unpredictable migration flows and new cyber security threats are the issues which will be addressed at the 22nd International Conference on Intelligence in the Knowledge Society which will take place in Bucharest this year, on the 13th-14th October.

Here you’ll find additional info on the conference

The Romanian Intelligence Academy “Mihai Viteazul” is taking care of the organization. Several panels – chaired by international academics and intelligence experts – will cover the different topics.

The main framework of the conference will be – as always – extremely interdisciplinary, with scholars coming from different backgrounds like political and social sciences, behavioral sciences, medicine, mathematics and information technology. In particular, since this is my field, I think that the intelligence community should evaluate how and if IT will be able to empower them and help analysts to overcome their cognitive limits, in order to make the most out of the available data, in an efficient way. Terrorist and criminal organizations will certainly do.

*Davide Barbieri, PhD, is a data mining and intelligence analysis expert at Link Campus University, Rome (Italy) where he currently teaches at the Master in Intelligence and Security.

 

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“La NATO tra Varsavia e il Mediterraneo”

In vista del prossimo summit NATO che si terrà a Varsavia entro la fine di questa settimana, l’ISPI ha appena pubblicato online una serie di contributi relativi al futuro dell’Alleanza Atlantica.

Qui il link al report

Segnaliamo, tra gli altri, il pezzo del “nostro” Fabrizio Coticchia sul rapporto tra NATO e Mediterraneo, con un focus particolare sul ruolo dell’Italia.

 

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“Even Unipoles Need Friends: Power, Threat, and the Purpose of Alliances”

We are really glad to present the upcoming seminar: “Even Unipoles Need Friends: Power, Threat, and the Purpose of Alliances“. Professor Jason W. Davidson (Mary Washington University) will illustrate his new research project at the University of Genoa (June 30th 2016).

The event will take place at the Department of Political Science (DISPO), University of Genoa, Aula 16, Albergo dei Poveri Piazzale Brignole 2, Genova.

This is the last seminar organized by Andrea Catanzaro and Fabrizio Coticchia, within the course: “War, conflicts and peacebuilding“.

Here below the abstract:

A conventional wisdom exists on two aspects of US foreign policy. First, scholars state that prior to the early Cold War, the US was distinctive in having forgone alliances. Second, many argue that the United States chose to forgo alliances because of its moral revulsion at European diplomatic intrigue and that such revulsion became central to American identity, making it subsequently unlikely to ally with others. This paper will cast serious doubt on both of these elements of the conventional wisdom.
First, the paper will develop a thorough typology of alliances–agreements to further states’ security–and will demonstrate that the US has had many more alliances than the conventional wisdom suggests. Second, the paper will provide a realist explanation of the US’ varying demand for allies over time. The paper will argue that variance in the US’ relative power is the single most important factor in explaining its varying demand for alliances. Variance in power tells us about variance in American interests and varying means to protect those interests. Second, variance in threat to US security and interests combines with relative power to tell us why the US has needed particular allies at particular times.

See you there

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“Narratives and counter-narratives: security issues and peace movements in Italy”

The programme of the 2016 SISP (Italian Political Science Association) annual convention has been published. The conference will be held in Milan (15-17 September 2016).

Here you’ll find all panels and papers.

Our Fabrizio Coticchia (University of Genoa) and Andrea Catanzaro (University of Genoa) will present a paper on strategic narratives, security issues and peace movements.

Here more details on the panel “Social Movements and Practices of Resistance in Times of Crisis”.

Here below the abstract of the paper:

Existing studies on strategic narratives have persuasively illustrated the features that make a plot compelling to shape public attitudes regarding military operations. A growing body of the literature has started to pay attention to the concept of “narrative dominance”, stressing the role played by counter-narratives in hindering a wider acceptance of a specific message. However, a limited consideration has been devoted to security issues other than military missions, while the key- features and the effectiveness of counter-narratives have seldom been assessed in a systematic way, especially for non-institutional actors such as “peace movements”. The paper aims at filling this gap, focusing on Italy. How and to what extent have counter-narratives successfully contested the official strategic narratives? What ideologies underlie them? To answer these questions, the research investigates the main contents, the theoretical backgrounds and the effectiveness of counter-narratives developed by national “peace movements” to contrast the “plot” designed by Italian governments to gain the support of public opinion towards selected post-2001 security issues: defense acquisitions, political reforms and missions abroad. The manuscript, which is based on interviews, discourse and content analysis, adopts a multidisciplinary approach, combining IR, political thought, communication and social movement studies.

 

See you soon in Milan.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: “Collective violence in intra-state conflicts. From historical cases to ISIS” (SISP 2016)

We invite you to submit paper proposals at the panel organized by (our) Francesco Moro (with Stefano Costalli) at the next SISP Conference, which will be held in Milan (September 15-17 2016). The panel focuses on collective violence in intra-state conflicts.

Here all the info on the Sisp annual convention.

Here more info on the panel, which is within the IR section.

Here below the abstract of the panel:

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.


Submission deadline: 5th June 2016.

See you in Milan.

 

 

 

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