A complex normalisation process is underway in the South Caucasus. Despite the numerous violations of the 2020 ceasefire, Armenia and Azerbaijan may be closer than ever to a peace agreement this time with unprecedented support from the US and, especially, the EU. In parallel, Armenia and Turkey are also trying to normalise their troubled relationship. How did Russia’s invasion of Ukraine affect these processes?
On November 8, Americans will be called to vote for a variety of federal, State, and local offices. The entire House of Representatives, one third of the Senate, and 36 gubernatorial seats will also be on the ballot. The outcome of the 2022 midterm elections won’t just have a major impact on the remaining two years of Joe Biden's presidency.
Egypt hosts the 27th annual UN meeting on climate from 6 to 18 November
Is international trade in good or bad shape?
If energy is the lifeblood of economic development, Africa does not fall short in potential. Yet, managing energy consumption is also the bone of contention in discussions on the steps to take to face the reality of climate change.
Decade-old geopolitical transformations have impacted the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) efforts to implement socioeconomic reforms. More recently, the Ukraine war’s reverberations are also likely to affect the MENA countries’ paths towards such reforms. In this context, what different trajectories and approaches have North African and Gulf establishments adopted so far? In which areas have regional governments focused their reform efforts? Will Algeria be able to turn the high oil revenues into an opportunity for reforming its energ
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China is the elephant in the (Asian) room. Its resolute reaction to the visit of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Taipei, its clear will to 're-unify' Mainland China with Taiwan, together with the never-ending disputes in the East China Sea are pushing Japan to adopt a more active approach to regional geopolitics. To put it bluntly, traditional military deterrence and containment is the name of the game, and Japan is ready to play. As such, is China really planning to attack and annex Taiwan? If so, when?
State-centric approaches cannot adequately capture contemporary political dynamics — as beyond the state, a range of diverse non-state armed actors are active in different arenas. This Dossier seeks to shed light on different non-state actors in Syria and in Iraq, that have risen to prominence in recent years. How have those non-state actors emerged and evolved? How do they interact with the state and other armed groups, as well as with the local population?
How did the invasion of Ukraine change the perception of Russia’s image among its neighbours? At the moment, it’s still difficult to predict the result of fighting on the ground and, hence, the impact on Russia’s image as a mighty military power and security provider. Yet, the invasion has further deteriorated Moscow’s image as a trustworthy partner. As a result, several countries are severing ties with Russia out of fear or in solidarity with Ukraine.