“Today’s Western leaders should be able to listen to what is coming out of the protests, but they must not confuse protest with proposal”: this is one of the conclusions of Editor-in-Chief Pialuisa Bianco’s editorial for issue no. 10 of “Longitude”, now available on newsstands, who explains the problems associated with “Debt’s Children. Another editorial by Minister Franco Frattini examines the international mission in Libya, and some of the lessons that could be useful to the West in general, and to Europe in particular, in eventual new missions. According to the minister, “the lessons” of that mission highlight “several fundamental pillars”: the UN Security Council resolution; the NATO-led mission (“it was only under NATO’s leadership that a certain number of Arab countries agreed to actively participate in implementing the resolution”); regional cooperation, meaning the Gulf countries, Turkey, with which “it will be possible to continue working to meet major challenges to security and development”, and not only with regard to Libya.
A series of analyses associated with “Debt’s Children” explain the phenomenon in generational terms, a strong component in the protests going on all around the world; but also in economic and demographic terms. “We understand the diminished expectations and disappointment of this generation”, Pialusa Bianco stresses, “starting out smack in the middle of a very complex and complicated global crisis. Nevertheless, we know that the problems caused by the crisis can only be solved by real policies: protest, and even worse, its degeneration into violence, has never resolved problems, if anything it has aggravated them”. Her analysis treats the similarities and differences between the “street protests of the West and those of Arab world countries”. These latter are aimed at “breaking down power structures. We do not know”, adds Bianco, “what the final outcome will be, but it is easy to identify their goal: Tunisians, Libyans and Egyptians want to take their political destiny into their own hands”.
The issue’s central thematic analysis is accompanied by a series of highly significant data: maps on world employment and unemployment by age group; maps that track the world’s wealth in relation to life expectancy across time.
Other articles treat the topic of energy supply, which is increasingly linked with stability and security, with a specific reference to gas: Maurizio Massari offers a geopolitical analysis of the Caucasus, defined as a crucial crossroads.
Other stories tell of an Afghan woman who had risen to the rank of general, only to be “purified” by the Taliban and later “recycled” by Karzai. Finally, a possible response to the impossibility of continuing to build large-scale infrastructures as a result of popular protest. Globalisation – as the phenomenon is explained – has exported a development model based on large-scale infrastructures to emerging and developing countries, and with it the protest model: thus, in much of the world, almost no legitimately constituted power is able to build large-scale infrastructures.