Stefano Vannucci


New Op-ed| De-escalating Tension in the Gulf: Why Efforts to Facilitate Arab-Iranian Dialogue should be Intensified / T.Badawi, L.Narbone

Co-authors: Tamer Badawi (Policy Leader Fellow, STG), Luigi Narbone (Director of MEDirections) Escalatory dynamics in the Gulf have reached levels not seen since the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Since the commencement of President Donald Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign, they seem to be going beyond the harsh rhetoric of the last few years. […] In times […]

Counter-Revolution in Sudan/ MEDirections

Author: MEDirections With talks between the transitional military council and the forces of freedom and change deadlocked, the increasingly aggressive and ominous rhetoric of deputy head Hemedti climaxed yesterday morning after the Rapid Support Forces violently dispersed the sit-in in front of military headquarters in Khartoum. Hemedti has continuously warned protestors of a clamp down […]

In Tunisia, social anger is spreading following an increase in fuel prices/ H.Meddeb

Author: Hamza Meddeb Throughout the past weeks, Tunisia has witnessed protest movements conducted by taxi and transportation vehicles drivers against the increase in fuel prices. In its effort to reduce its budget deficit and meet the reforms requested by international financial institutions (IFIs), since 2017 the government has implemented a mechanism of adjustment, generating a […]

Why the reformist Sheikh of al-Azhar is now labelled conservative/ G.Fahmi

 Author: Georges Fahmi Many Egyptian intellectuals celebrated the appointment of Ahmed Al-Tayeb as head of al-Azhar in March 2010. With his Sufi background and his career in education as a professor of philosophy who studied in France, Al-Tayeb was presented as a reformist scholar who could lead a renewal process in Egypt’s oldest religious institution. This […]

Just fall, that is all – the latest stage in the Sudanese uprising

Author: MEDirections Since mid-December demonstrations on the streets of Sudan have been held against the present regime and its poor management of the country’s economic and natural resources. For months the Sudanese have experienced food shortages, increasing inflation and declining access to fuel, and after 30 years of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s rule they are […]

After ISIS? Remember before ISIS!/ O.Roy

Author: Olivier ROY The majority of speculation on the future of ISIS sees it as a central organisation that has been masterminding global jihad. We tend to forget that jihadism and terrorism predate ISIS by 20 years. There are in fact three “theatres of operations” where ISIS has been the dominant factor since 2014, corresponding to […]