e paure e le attese degli italiani in politica estera
Per il quarto anno ISPI e Rainews hanno realizzato in collaborazione con IPSOS una rilevazione sugli italiani e la politica internazionale. L’indagine ha evidenziato come l’interesse per le notizie internazionali sia in aumento. I grandi avvenimenti recenti, dalle sconfitte dell’Isis, all’elezione di Trump a quella di Macron, hanno acuito l’attenzione dei nostri connazionali. Nel 2017 più di un terzo degli italiani esprime interesse per la politica internazionale (+8% rispetto al 2014, +3% rispetto al 2016). Un interesse piuttosto trasversale che fa registrare un crescente coinvolgimento anche da parte dei ceti popolari. Più nel dettaglio, i risultati indicano alcune chiare continuità rispetto al passato, come la preoccupazione sullo stato dell’economia come principale minaccia per il nostro paese o il giudizio positivo sull’azione del governo nel contrasto al terrorismo in Italia. Ma si registrano anche diverse discontinuità legate all’irrompere di Trump nella politica internazionale, con un giudizio tutt’altro che lusinghiero, e al chiaro prevalere della Corea del Nord quale maggiore minaccia a livello globale.
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|25th COPEAM annual Conference|
|“Heritage and Media - Preserving the future through our past: an opportunity
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|Palma de Mallorca, 10-12 May 2018|
|Waiting for Palma de Mallorca, our best wishes for the New Year!|
Welcome to our final newsletter of the year. And it's been an interesting one, without a doubt. We close the year with more piracy news, unfortunately. In Nigeria, the Navy has rescued a second group of Chinese fishing boat crew, while the government has inched towards bringing piracy law into force again. It's hard to believe that the country, plagued by piracy for so many years, still has nothing effective on the statute books.
In the Indian Ocean, the suspected pirates picked up by EUNAVFOR recently have now been charged in the Seychelles and face up to 30 years in prison. Staying in the region, Iran has announced its desire for aircraft carriers, which will delight its neighbours and the US Navy, I'm sure…
In Europe, the maritime cyber security issue has been raised again, with a company suggesting bulk carriers could be sunk by hackers. While this sort of act is always a potential concern, the industry itself has been quick to point out the many checks and balances which would prevent such an occurrence. Personally, I'd rather see more done to upgrade and safeguard shoreside systems, because that's where the money is.
We end with news that six of the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers are currently docked in the UK. Not a good look for what was billed as 'The Year of the Navy'.
I would like to take this opportunity for thanking readers for sticking with us throughout the year. From all at Maritime Security Review, may you have a very peaceful, happy festive season, however you mark the occasion.
Despite the ongoing situation off the Korean Peninsula, our news feed was piracy-related again this week, as the G7++ group met to discuss the ongoing maritime security issues in the Gulf of Guinea and Nigeria's Navy voiced its own concerns. It should come as no surprise to learn that this week has seen another spate of attacks off and in the Niger Delta, with at least 10 crew taken hostage and one local boat operator reportedly killed by pirates.
Despite this, Nigeria still has no real piracy legislation.
In Southeast Asia, Malaysia's Transport Minister has praised local efforts to reduce piracy in the Malacca Strait. Sadly, the Singapore Strait remains perilous for mariners, as do the waters of the Sulu and Celebes Seas. This week, the Philippine military found the remains of Pham Minh Tuan, the captain of the M/V Royal 16, who was kidnapped in November 2016. Another man brutally murdered by the Abu Sayyaf Group.
In the Indian Ocean region, EUNAVFOR has marked its ninth anniversary of anti-piracy work. Despite having a far busier year with numerous piracy incidents as well as the conflict spillover from Yemen, the EU naval force has done a great job protecting seafarers once again.
Finally, we end in the Mediterranean, where Libya and Italy are setting up a 'joint operations room' intended to tackle people smuggling.