In 40 years from now what we define as the ‘migration crisis’ in Europe will be reported in history books as the migrants genocide. The migrants genocide of the early XXI century unveils the banality of democracy and its supposed norms, principles, values and institutions.
A newly released TV documentary, The Rooftops of Rome, features the work of AUR Professor Dr. Catherine Cornet who interviewed the Italian jewelry designer of Game of Thrones, among other personalities.
Dr. Luca Ratti, adjunct professor in AUR’s International Relations and Global Politics program, travelled to the US and Romania over the summer to offer his expertise at conferences on global security issues.
During the Spring of 2018, I had the chance to intern with the non-profit organization Nove Onlus. From the first interview, I knew that the tasks I was going to carry out were very closely related to my course of study in International Relations.
On July 4th 2018 Prof. Sottilotta was interviewed by Al Jazeera English on the tensions emerging within Italy's coalition government due to disagreement on how to manage the flow of asylum seekers trying to reach Italy's shores by boat via the central Mediterranean route. While anti-immigration minister of interiors Salvini is successfully monopolizing the attention of the public acting as a de facto prime minister, the Five Star Movement appears to be divided: its leader Di Maio is officially supporting Salvini's hard line, but other leading figures within the Five Star Movement, especially Roberto Fico (speaker of the Chamber of Deputies) are expressing opposite views and praising the work of NGOs which are rescuing asylum seekers in the Mediterranean.
The Spring 2018 IR field trip was designed to provide the students with the opportunity to explore the ongoing debate over separatism of a Spanish region, i.e. Catalonia. The field trip enabled students to meet politicians, scholars and policy-makers with different political, economic and social perspectives. Another important aspect of the field trip was the direct experience of the city. The class could really get a sense of how Catalan society is responding to the latest political developments.
By combining all the different ideas, visions, opinions and experiences students gained a nuanced understanding of the debate on whether should Catalonia become an independent state or not.