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

Europeans Urge US, Iran to Step Back From Confrontation


June 21, 2019

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


Sanam Vakil shared her analysis of Europe's role in the latest US-Iran tension. Noting that Germany, Britain and France are showing signs of distraction domestically, nonetheless, "This should be an important moment for the EU to weigh in and try to shepherd a process."


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Trump's Israel-Palestine plan is all smoke and mirrors


June 21, 2019

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

Raffaella Del Sarto penned an article for The Hill outlining her thoughts on the recently released economic portion of Trump's Israel-Palestine plan. Arguing in detail, Del Sarto concludes that based on this first step, "the gist of Trump's policy for Israel and Palestine is already clear: Make the most controversial issues of the conflict disappear, magically, and to Israel's advantage."


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Is Washington's 'Maximum Pressure' Bringing An End To Iran's 'Strategic Patience?'


June 18, 2019

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


Sanam Vakil commented on the tensions between the US and Iran in terms of US politics, stating that "Iran doesn't want to help Trump get reelected and some policymakers in Tehran have argued that talks would benefit the President." "At the same time," Vakil added, "they are gambling on the chance that with a new president [if Trump were to lose the 2020 presidential election], the negotiating terms will be less stringent."


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In faceoff with Iran, escalation may depend on who prevails inside Washington and Tehran


June 15, 2019

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


The New York Times highlighted recent analysis by Sanam Vakil as tensions continue to rise in Iran. Vakil "argued that the messaging from Washington had only fueled the debate in Tehran over whether Mr. Trump or his advisers were hiding their true goal: to topple the Iranian government."


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L'eurogruppo sul tavolo la procedura d'infrazione (In Italian)


June 14, 2019

Filippo Taddei, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Economics
Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research
Academic Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk


Filippo Taddei recently joined CNBC's Milano Finanza with Carla Signorile to discuss the financial turmoil between Italy and the Eurogroup and the potential for invoking infraction procedures against the Italian government.


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El futur d'Europa davant el nou escenari polític (In Catalan)


June 13, 2019

Gianfranco Pasquino, Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

Gianfranco Pasquino will participate in two events in Barcelona this week focusing on the future of politics in Europe. In one event, Pasquino will be joined by former President of the European Parliament Enrique Barón Crespo and former Education minister Pilar del Castillo.


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Chuyên gia cảnh báo tác động tiêu cực của thương chiến Mỹ - Trung với kinh tế Việt Nam


June 11, 2019

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


The Vietnamese publication VN Express discussed economic issues with Michael Plummer in a recent interview in which Plummer warned of the negative impact of the US-China war on Asia's economy. "US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping worry that they look weak if they give in, so the situation will remain tense in the short term. But in the long term, both sides know the price to pay. is very expensive," said Plummer.


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La Sfiducia nel Lavoro degli Italiani (in Italian)


June 10, 2019

Filippo Taddei, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Economics
Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research
Academic Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk


Filippo Taddei, writing in Italy's Il Foglio, outlines his view that a major consequence of the current government's infighting is a lack of faith in reforming the country's labor environment. "They don't believe in the capacity of our country to profoundly change because they doubt their own capacity to reform it," Taddei wrote.


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Amid US-China trade war, could EU be next to join the CPTPP?


June 7, 2019

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


The South China Morning Post spoke to Michael Plummer about the possibility of the EU joining the CPTPP and broader concerns over the US-China economic dispute. "Tit-for-tat tariffs between the US and China not only create uncertainty and jeopardise investment in Asia – they risk undermining the entire global trading system which has propelled Asia's economic growth," Plummer concluded.


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The legacy of Iran's Khomeini 30 years after his death


June 6, 2019

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


Sanam Vakil shared her views on Iran and its first supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, 30 years after his death. Speaking to Radio France Internationale, Vakil said that the "one thing that many agree on is the durability of the Islamic Republic, which has lived on far beyond most expectations." “His reputation and his ideals are more of a reflection of the pragmatism of politics in Iran today,” added Vakil.


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