Vittorio Emanuele Parsi

Choosing heads
The kiss of power

No one doubts that a future duopoly on world power might materialize. But as it stands, neither the waxing nor the waning power wants to commit itself unnecessarily. Will the rest of the world suffer the delay?

­­The geopolitics of religion
Theopolitics

Religion has always served as either an expedient or impediment to political will. So the return of the sacred will by no means mitigate the many wildfires burning in the geopolitical landscape.

In Mao’s shoes
The rush to rule the waves

China’s naval might is expanding into the Indian and Pacific Oceans at the same time that the US is withdrawing its presence. This sets the scene for either a new military rivalry or a strategic partnership.

State of the Union
No Team Europe without Captain America

Faced with the reluctant leadership of the US, EU foreign policy seems to be cracking. The war in Libya highlights Europe’s limits and forces the individual states to redefine their purpose.

The changing face of the Middle East
Roads less traveled

The Great Arab Revolt of 2011 offers a crucial lesson for the West: do not follow the usual routes, which are often as wrong as they are familiar.

Europe
No Team Europe without Captain America

Faced with the reluctant leadership of the US, EU foreign policy seems to be cracking. The war in Libya highlights Europe’s limits and forces the individual states to redefine their purpose.