Reports of the Observatories
Reports of the Observatories

Mediterranean Observatory – Early Warning: Syria

In the last months, the fighting of all rebel factions in Syria against Assad’s regime shows that the Government has lost the lead and is giving signs of weakness. In the streets and souks of Alep and Damascus the conversations are about how close looms the end of the Assad dynasty.

Mediterranean Observatory – Early Warning: Libya

Four years after the rebels and NATO air campaign overthrew Kaddafi, the cohesive political entity known as Libya does not exist as such anymore. The Central government is only a name and tribal and different religious factions are struggling for the power and above all to own and manage the country’s oil wealth.

Space Observatory – A Space Policy for the Defence of Europe

Europe should embark on reasonable development of its space-based facilities by embracing the concept of self sufficiency: this entails the acquisition of assets which are modest compared to American equipment, but which will enable it to verify and analyse data that are sensitive and crucial for decision-taking in the event of a crisis, in accordance with the principle of “autonomous capabilities” which the European Council has endorsed many times over. As far as space-based infrastructure is concerned, Europe should have capabilities that are consistent with the Headline Goal 2010 adopted by the European Union.