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

Russia: il pivot euroasiatico di Putin (In Italian)


February 15, 2018

Paolo Calzini, Senior Associate Fellow

Paolo Calzini authored an article published by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) dealing with Russia's pivot towards Eurasia and the implications of Putin's foreign policy moves. Beyond Eurasia being a primary objective for Moscow Calzini discusses Russia's reliance on regional allies, policies that increasingly look east, not west, and the divide that is emerging between 'Old' Europe and 'New' Europe.


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Saving Transatlantic Cooperation and the Iran Nuclear Deal


February 15, 2018

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


Co-authoring an article for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Sanam Vakil and colleagues discussed the the Iran Nuclear Deal in terms of transatlantic relations, noting that 'US and European approaches towards Iran have increasingly grown apart.' The authors present two paths: keeping the United States in the nuclear agreement, and managing a US exit while saving the deal.


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How Much Would Cutting Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Really Limit Global Warming?


February 7, 2018

Bob van der Zwaan, Adjunct Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment

Pacific Standard looked to Bob van der Zwaan to comment on a recent study analyzing the impact of cutting fossil fuel subsidies on global warming. Van der Zwaan notes that although the true value of halting subsidies could be "much higher" than what was found, "This study has been very well done."


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Iran publishes report saying 49% of Iranians against compulsory veil


February 6, 2018

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


Sanam Vakil discussed with CNN the release of a report stating that 49% of Iranians oppose compulsory veils as required by mandatory hijab laws. "This could be Rouhani's attempt to be seen as someone who can listen to the Iranian people, compared to other politicians who are perhaps impinging their ideological will on the people," said Vakil. "People might appreciate that he's releasing this information, but will ask if it will actually result in anything."


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Europe is to choose a new key member for the European Central Bank


February 5, 2018

Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Erik Jones spoke to CNBC regarding the soon to be open seat of Vice President of the European Central bank as Vitor Constancio's mandate comes to an end this spring. "The vice president is usually from a smaller country, because the larger countries get to be president," said Jones. "The current governor of the Bank of Ireland, Philip Lane has the inside track. He is very well-respected as an economist in addition to being a central banker."


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JICA President Kitaoka Visits the UK


February 2, 2018

Dana H. Allin, Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

Dana Allin recently met with the President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency Shinichi Kitaoka to discuss the relationship between development and security. Mr. Kitaoka's meeting with Allin came during a broader mission to the United Kingdom that included visits with British government officials, experts on international cooperation and a lecture at Chatham House.


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New Zealand creates special refugee visa for Pacific islanders affected by climate change


February 2, 2018

Nina Hall, Assistant Professor of International Relations

Nina Hall recently discussed New Zealand's plans to protect those most affected by climate change by providing special refugee protections that have thus far not been seen on the international stage. "New Zealand should be applauded for seeking to offer protection to those not currently protected by existing international refugee law, particularly in a time where many other Western countries are tightening their borders," said Hall. Noting that the policy should be catered toward entire communities rather than individuals, Hall adds that "the government should think carefully about the aims of this visa category, and orientate their climate change, humanitarian and migration policies toward Pacific needs."


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'Halal' internet means more control in Iran after unrest


January 29, 2018

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


In an article by SRN News looking into Iran's tumultuous relationship with the rise of the internet, Sanam Vakil adds that, "The government has taken the internet and effectively used it for its own purposes and also has realized the dangers of it as well." Vakil continues, "The Islamic Republic is not black and white. It shows a myriad of contradictions and its internet policy…is one of the great examples of those contradictions."


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Italy and Europe 'now'


January 25, 2018

David W. Ellwood, Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

David Ellwood writes in the Italian publication "Il Mulino" on Italy's relationship with the European Union and what the March election might tell us about Italy's future role in the bloc. Ellwood concludes that "until the majority recovers its conviction and its confidence that Italy has a genuine role to play in Europe's reform and reconstruction, one in which the rest also acknowledge the country's special outlook and needs, the "Europe" proposition will remain one which is very hard to sell."


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Filippo Taddei: 'I 5 Stelle si reggono sul mito della purezza' (in Italian)


January 23, 2018

Filippo Taddei, Fellow
Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research
Academic Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk


Filippo Taddei joined the Italian television program "Coffee Break" on La7 to discuss the political landscape in Italy as the nation heads toward a March election. In the interview which took place at SAIS Europe, Taddei commented on the consequences of Italy's failed constitutional referendum and what it means for this election cycle.


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