Eugenio Lilli

Academic and Commentator


Bin Laden’s Bookshelf

On 1st May 2011, US Navy SEALs stormed Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing the Al Qaeda's leader in the process. As a result of the Abbottabad raid, the United States recovered large quantities of digital and hard... Continue Reading →


The Gulf: Taxation without Representation?

According to some estimates, crude oil sales accounted for 85 percent of Gulf governments’ revenues in 2014. Oil prices have fallen from a peak of $145 per barrel in 2008 to below $30 a barrel in 2016. As a result,... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Power and Global Finance

In this documentary "Century of Enslavement: The History of the Federal Reserve"(2014), author James Corbett provides an extremely stimulating picture of the history and influence of the US Federal Reserve and of the larger relationship between Power and Global Finance.... Continue Reading →

The Future of the Two-State Solution

Some people could argue that the Israeli government's continued policy of settlements in the Occupied Territories, in open defiance of large parts of the international community and also of Israel's staunchest ally (the U.S.), reflects Israel's disinterest in a two-state... Continue Reading →

A World of (Increasing) Inequality

The combined wealth of the richest 1% will overtake that of the other 99% of people next year unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked, Oxfam warned. In a recent research paper, Oxfam shows that: the richest 1%... Continue Reading →

A Counter-Messaging Campaign Against The Islamic State

Three broad goals of a counter-messaging campaign against the Islamic State: 1) undermine the group’s appeal 2) reduce the group’s ability to exploit social media and other online communications platforms 3) diminish the Islamic State’s capacity to engage with and... Continue Reading →

If the United States were truly serious about terrorism…

Stephen Walt in the columns of Foreign Policy Magazine has written a piece titled The Unbearable Lightness of America's War against The Islamic State. Although I have reservations about some of the arguments put forward by Walt, I find his... Continue Reading →

The complex relationship between counterterrorism and discrimination

This week I would like to direct your attention to a piece written by Richard Maass in the Washington Post: Want to help the Islamic State recruit? Treat all Muslims as potential terrorists. Here is an especially interesting excerpt: “Many... Continue Reading →

How to ‘create’ an extremist

This is an excerpt from a recent report produced by the NGO Human Rights Watch. It concerns incidents of turture and mistreatment of detainees in Bahrain. True, the statements offered by former detainees might be lies aimed at discrediting the... Continue Reading →

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