Interviewed by IRNA (Press Agency of Iran) on the recent events in Egypt, Tiberio Graziani, Director of “Eurasia. Italian Journal of Geopolitics” and president of IsAG - Institute of High Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences, stated the following.
The aim of this article is to cast light on the positive processes of south-Asian economic integration. It is divided into two principal parts. The first one is intended to describe the state of economic cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan focusing on the new transit trade agreement and on its capabilities to turn these two countries into a fundamental junction of the south-Asian trade. The second one concerns regional integration’s projects with a special focus on the energy field, which could result in the building of physical links in terms of gas and oil pipelines throughout the south-central Asian continent as well as in the satisfaction of the growing energy needs of countries like India and Pakistan. These two sections will be followed by a conclusion in which I’ll try to sum up the current state of the integration, underlining the weaknesses of this process and the main obstacles that it has to face.
Despite the huge means put in place to sabotage the relations between Italy and Russia, in particular through the piloted "scandal" of Wikileaks and then attempting to overthrow the government of Silvio Berlusconi — which I discussed in a recent article — the efforts of Westerners/Atlantists do not seem to have been successful so far. Although in Italy, in parliament and in the mass media, there is a wide and heterogeneous odd assortment of forces hostile to Russia that have their reference points in Washington, London and Tel Aviv, 2010 ended with an extremely positive balance for the ties between Italy and Russia.
Interview by Tiberio Graziani (editor of Italian geopolitical journal Eurasia) to Muratbek Imanaliev, Shanghai Cooperation Organization Secretariat Deputy Secretary-General.
n this perspective Russia, major energy provider, becomes fundamental in the Italian geopolitics. Rome needs to keep friendly commercial relationships with Moscow to preserve the transits of Russian hydrocarbons to our country: therefore it’s easy to explain the choice the ENI made to cooperate with Gazprom, and in particular with the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline, that bypass the unstable western Europe. This factor adds up to the need of a diplomatic counterbalance in the attempt to suggest, without any doubt, Russia as one of the necessary pillars of the Italian foreign policy in the XXI century.
Tuesday, 14th December have been rejected the two no-confidence motions (one in the senate, or upper house, one in the chamber of deputies) against the Berlusconi government. The no-confidence motions were submitted by the two main opposition parties, but the leader of the revolt is Gianfranco Fini, speaker of the chamber and former main ally of Berlusconi. Fini, who was the co-founder of the centre-right party PdL (The People of Freedom, Italian: Il Popolo della Libertà), together with Berlusconi, and allied with Lega Nord in the government, is known for his strongly pro-American and pro-Israel views.
The flood of cables dumped on the world by the mysterious and secretive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is certainly one of the most bizarre events in recent intelligence history. Among the documents Brzezinski calls "seeded" with "pointed" facts to "favor an agenda" by an "intelligence agency," are those relating to negotiations between Moscow and Rome’s Berlusconi government over construction of the geopolitically significant South Stream gas pipeline. The clear intent of the pointed leak is to cause political embarrassment to the embattled government of Berlusconi at a vulnerable time when the flamboyant Prime Minister is being inundated with personal scandals and coalition resignations. It seems to date however that the leaks have not deterred Moscow-Rome energy cooperation.
In spite of its great climatic and geo-morphologic heterogeneity, of its diverse ethnic groups, of its large variety of cultures and religions, and of the consequent lack in socioeconomic homogeneity, India seems to have successfully followed the rule that made the ancient Empires great, i.e. the preservation of unity in diversity. The efforts currently led by India to maintain its independence, its unity and economic and industrial development will be winning, in the medium and long term, only if New Delhi will focus its geopolitical interests on the framework of a Eurasian and multipolar perspective. Such perspective, in fact, would solve its choice between being a mere regional power with international aspirations or a global power with regional interests.
Those women don't have oriental names, are not Muslim and don't carry a veil on their heads. Strikingly, that seems sufficient so that millions of “human rights activists” that cry shame for Ms. Ashtiani, take no interest in their cause. here’s no difficulty in understanding why leading media of NATO countries have given so much emphasis (and distortion) to Ashtiani affair, while with unbelievable coldness they have been silent of Lewis case until a few days before execution. There’s no difficulty in understanding why Western public opinion easily mobilize to defend a condemned in a Muslim country, but ignore her counterpart in a Christian one. Because it is easier to see the straw in someone else’s eye, that admit to have a beam in one’s own.
Defeated during the Second World War, occupied by the United States after its liberation, integrated into NATO by force during the Cold War, compelled to dissolve into the European Union, Italy is today a prisoner of its past while international relations are speeding ahead. According to Tiberio Graziani, even though Rome may not yet be in a position to frame an independent foreign policy, the time is ripe to start contemplating an exit strategy in keeping with its historical and geographical characteristics. Italy feels the call of its natural environment … the wide Mediterranean sea.