Tag Archives: Turkey

15Lug/20

Hagia Sophia: Security aspects and repercussions – by Maria Chr. Alvanou 

While the international discussion about the reasons Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan decided to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque is mostly about his political domestic strategy (e.g. rallying his followers, making up for a collapsing economy etc), there are also significant security issues to be taken into account. Continue reading

15Mar/17

Turbolenze balcaniche e spinte turche in salsa jihadista – by Giovanni Giacalone

L’area balcanica continua ad essere al centro di forti tensioni etniche che rischiano di venire a loro volta strumentalizzate da strategie internazionali che vedono nella Turchia di Erdogan un possibile regista. Ma andiamo con ordine e partiamo da qualche dinamica interna ad alcuni Paesi balcanici che stanno attraversando fasi non proprio semplici. Continue reading

12Dic/16

The new Istanbul attack: Counter-terrorism options and dilemmas  for Turkey – by Maria Chr. Alvanou

The Saturday night dual blast in Istanbul came as a tragic reminder that Turkey’s internal problems are a constant source for violent threats. Despite Daesh rhetoric, what really troubles the country is the terror activity perpetrated by Kurdish groups. From an operational point of view the methodology used tells us nothing new about how Kurdish groups carry out attacks. Continue reading

17Lug/16

Attempted Coup in Turkey: Implications from a European perspective – by Maria Alvanou

There is strong international interest about the attempted coup that took place in Turkey on July 15th, Friday night. While many analysts examine the operational reasons that led to failure, the coup attempt itself is also of interest. There are implications for European policy that should be under consideration. They have to do not only with the possible future of Turkey inside the EU family, but also with how European countries will deal with matters of legal aftermath. Continue reading

28Giu/16

Attack at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul: a first comment (Attacco a Istanbul) – by Maria. Chr. Alvanou

The double suicide attack tonight at the Ataturk airport in Istanbul came unfortunately as no surprise to those dealing with the assessment of terrorist threats. For months now governments all over the world have put a raised travel advisory on Turkey, because of recent attacks in Istanbul and Ankara. It is a tragedy expected in the campaign of terror that has started for some time now in the country. Continue reading

17Nov/15

Gli attentatori di Parigi: le relazioni da ricostruire – by Marco Maiolino e Alessandro Burato

Le relazioni tra gli attentatori di Parigi che vengono suggerite in questo commento sono fondate su informazioni relative alle indagini filtrate sui quotidiani d’Europa, ricompresi in una mappa concettuale più ampia che ancora deve essere verificata e della quale si potrà, forse, avere un’idea più chiara solo al termine del lavoro di intelligence che al momento si sta svolgendo per dare risposta ad alcune domande. Continue reading