Dinamiche geopolitiche contemporanee. Ce.St.In.Geo. geopolitical outlook 2020

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Contemporary geopolitical dynamics. Ce.St.In.Geo. geopolitical outlook 2020

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[Autom. eng. transl.] [… [Starting from these assumptions, this volume aims to give life to a representation of some of the most significant geopolitical dynamics of the present historical phase. Inspired by the cycle of meetings held throughout Italy between 2018 and 2019 (see Appendix 1) to celebrate the ten years of activity of the Center for International Geopolitics Studies (Ce.St.In.Geo. - https://cestingeo.org /), it aims to look at the world-system as a whole and to think about the specificities of one of its most complex and geopolitically relevant regions: the Middle East. This is the reason that prompted us to divide the present analysis into two distinct but strongly interconnected parts. The first module looks at the evolution of the contemporary geopolitical scenario as perceived by some of the main players of an international system undergoing profound transformation and which has seen a marked redistribution of power on a global level. In the opening chapter, Alessandro Colombo examines the imperatives and limits of US foreign policy, resorting to a long-term look that does not flatten out only on the changes resulting from the ascent to the White House of Donald Trump but which aims to identify the elements of continuity that have characterized Washington's foreign policy in recent decades. The growing centrality assumed by the eastern quadrant for Vladimir Putin's Russia is instead the main theme of the chapter edited by Aldo Ferrari who, far from dwelling only on the relations between the Eurasian giant and China, looks at the specificities of an area between 'Ukraine and the Far East. In her beautiful essay, Ashley Tellis focuses on the “second” Asian giant par excellence, India, and on the complex triangular dynamic that links New Delhi, Washington and Beijing. The Japanese geopolitical posture between 1977 and 2017 is instead examined by Corrado Molteni both on the more eminently regional and on the global level, in order to outline the continuities and discontinuities of an actor who, although inclined to avoid the risks of media overexposure , maintains a unique specific gravity in the Indo-Pacific quadrant. The first section of the volume then closes with the interesting contribution of Aldo Pigoli, who investigates the prospects of a continent, the African one, perceived as perpetually poised between promises of development and new crises. The second module is dedicated to the so-called "Middle Eastern crisis arc". The section opens with two contributions aimed at examining those that Gregory Gause III has elected as protagonists of the "new cold war" that has swept the Middle East: Saudi Arabia and Iran. Eleonora Ardemagni's chapter focuses, in particular, on the evolution of the Saudi geopolitical posture in recent years, while Giorgia Perletta looks at the peculiarities of the so-called Iranian-led “Shiite crescent” and on the risks that Tehran incurs in a process of hyperextension. The Egyptian geopolitical alignment within a time span that unfolds from the Camp David agreements up to the present day constitutes the privileged field of investigation of the fine essay by Alessia Melcangi, while Giuseppe Dentice has focused his attention on the renewed centrality assumed by Israel's so-called “peripheral doctrine” - a country which, despite its importance, is often relegated to the margins of more strictly geopolitical publications. Finally, in the last chapter, Mauro Primavera turns his gaze to the troubled history of the Syrian "Arab Spring", using an approach that aims to provide an insight into the strategies, interests and limits of the Damascus regime as well as the major challenges that the people of the Sham ("Levant") face a
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Contemporary geopolitical dynamics. Ce.St.In.Geo. geopolitical outlook 2020
Original languageItalian
PublisherEDUCatt - Ente per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario dell’Università Cattolica
Number of pages190
ISBN (Print)978-88-9335-679-4
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • africa
  • arabia saudita
  • egitto
  • geopolitica
  • india
  • iran
  • israele
  • siria

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