Newsletter – October 2016

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month Maged Mandour looks back at the 2011 Egyptian revolution; Ryan Suto opines on America's outdated special relationship with Saudi Arabia; Sergio Carrera and Aikaterini Drakopoulou look at the profound political, legal and ethical costs of reducing refugee flows. The EU-Turkey Statement shows how the political shenanigans indulged in by some EU institutions lead in fact to more insecurity and uncertainty; Prof. Paul Rogers examines the upcoming assault on the city of Mosul currently in the hands of ISIS; Juan Gabriel Tokatlian, Full Professor and director of the department of political science and international studies at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires looks at the consequences of the failed referendum to bring peace to Colombia and much more...

Whose revolution?
By Maged Mandour

The Egyptian mass protests can only be classified as a reform movement that had hoped to create a liberal order. A modest goal that has degenerated into a full-spectrum military autocracy. The reforms envisioned were very narrow in nature and did not constitute what could be considered drastic political change.

America’s Outdated Relationship with Saudi Arabia
By Ryan Suto

The next U.S. president will have an unprecedented opportunity to put some distance between Washington and Riyadh.

Unsafe Turkey, unsafe Europe
By Sergio Carrera - Aikaterini Drakopoulou

We need to look at the profound political, legal and ethical costs of reducing refugee flows. The EU-Turkey Statement shows how the political shenanigans indulged in by some EU institutions lead in fact to more insecurity and uncertainty.

Mosul, the next target
By Paul Rogers

The complex military operation to seize Iraq's second city from ISIS's grip is a microcosm of the long war. Wise observers, though, should wait at least six months and quite possibly a couple of years before judging its true success

The Mariinsky Ballet
By Valentina Bonelli

Valentina Bonelli looks at the history of the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet Company from its glorious beginnings under the creative direction of Marius Petipa and the patronage of the Tsars through the Soviet era and socialist realism up until the present day.

Tiberius and his Villa at Sperlonga
By Ludovico Pisani

Tiberius, the reluctant emperor, who ruled the Roman Empire from 14 AD to 37 AD, made his summer residence in Sperlonga south of Rome. Archaeologists have found a series of sculptures in the villa's grotto that reveal a taste for Hellenic art and the adventures of Homeric hero Odysseus.

Colombia and the plebiscite: the peace that wasn’t
By Juan Gabriel Tokatlian

Maybe that only a mixture of active mass mobilization from below and strong external support from outside can revitalize the peace process.

How quantitative easing works
By Marco Di Maggio, Amir Kermani, Christopher Palmer

When the financial sector is constrained and monetary stimulus is needed the most, flattening the yield curve is not enough – quantitative easing affects the real economy through a direct-lending channel that depends crucially on the type of assets purchased.

 
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