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Bologna Institute for Policy Research at SAIS Europe | News and Views

Right poised for big gains in Italian elections


September 20, 2020

Erik Jones, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy
Director of European and Eurasian Studies
Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk


In the Sunday Telegraph Erik Jones comments on the outcome of this week's regional elections, saying that it is no-one's interest to see the government fall in this moment, but rather a series of regional elections with important implications for Italy's political parties.



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How Italy has managed to hold back a second wave


September 20, 2020

Erik Jones, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy
Director of European and Eurasian Studies
Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk


Erik Jones cited in this Sunday Telegraph about the second wave in Europe on the lingering psychological and economic effects on Italy after being the first European country to weather the COVID19 pandemic.



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The US and the EU: Game Over?


September 18, 2020

Erik Jones, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy
Director of European and Eurasian Studies
Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk


As part of ISPI's latest report "Four Years of Trump. The US and the World" analyzing President Trump's first term and his lasting legacies both domestically and internationally, Professor Jones explores what transatlantic relations would look like should President Trump get reelected: "The United States and Europe will continue to interact, but that interaction will look less like a “partnership” and more like barter. The interesting question is whether a different US administration with a different President could have a restorative effect."



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UN inspectors to gain access to suspected Iran nuclear site in days


September 14, 2020

Sanam Vakil, James Anderson Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies


As the IAEA announces UN inspectors will be granted access to a suspected nuclear site in Iran, Professor Vakil comments on why Iran's cooperation is important at this time: “Providing access to the IAEA is a positive signal that Iran is trying to send to the remaining JCPOA signatories. It's coming at a time of increased pressure because of US efforts. Compliance and good behaviour is really important to send signals to the remaining signatories to keep the JCPOA alive."



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The complexities of China–Iran Strategic Balancing


September 11, 2020

Sanam Vakil, James Anderson Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies


In her latest for the East Asia Forum, Professor Vakil disputes the assertion that China-Iran ties have significantly shifted due to the U.S. maximum pressure campaign, but that they are more "reflective of the balanced outgrowth of long-standing ties," citing the Belt and Road Initiative and strategic economic opportunities.



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EU Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: How Can Europe Effectively Promote Peace?


September 11, 2020

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies

Professor Del Sarto will be speaking at an online discussion on Thursday, September 24 hosted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Israel Office and Mitvim Institute, presenting her remarks on EU diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli conflict in recent decades.



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Changing Trade and Investment Patterns: East Asia's New Trade Blocks


September 11, 2020

Michael G. Plummer, Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


As part of the OECD Global Relations Seminar Series, Professor Plummer and Peter A. Petri will share their latest findings next Thursday, 17 September, on how two regional trade agreements may redefine economic ties in East Asia and potentially offset the effects of the global trade war.



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Youth Enfranchisement, Political Responsiveness, and Education Expenditure: Evidence from the US


September 10, 2020

Francesco Lancia, Associate Fellow

In his latest paper, Professor Lancia examines the link between youth political participation and U.S. fiscal policies, specifically in higher education. The paper has also been featured as part of the research highlights series by the American Economic Association, and as suggested reading by the New York Times.



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First elections since coronavirus test Italian government stability


September 9, 2020

Gianfranco Pasquino, Senior Associate Fellow

As Italy heads into local ballots and a referendum later this month, Reuters cites Professor Pasquino on how regional leanings for the center right may prove difficult for the center left. "If government parties win just one or two of these regions, things could get complicated for it."



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The Weakest Link? (in German)


September 9, 2020

Mark Gilbert, Professor of History and International Studies

In his latest for Germany's Die Internationale Politik, Professor Gilbert addresses Italy's precarious position in the EU, and why Italian politicians must "take hard choices that they have postponed," namely, the debt issue. "The things that need changing in Italy have been identified for two decades now in the prediche inutili of the country's economists: facilitating job creation by lowering the cost of the state on businesses; relief for the top quarter of the population that pays 80 percent of all income tax..."



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