Fabio Petito is Senior Associate Research Fellow in ISPI and Head of the "Religions and International Relations" Programme promoted by ISPI and the Freedom of Religion or Belief & Foreign Policy Initiative (FoRB&FPI), University of Sussex - UK. He is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex. He has taught at SOAS in London, the ESCP-EAP in Paris and at ‘L’Orientale’ in Naples.
Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director of the Asia Program and Senior Associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, is a leading specialist on Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan and their relations with the United States. The editor or co-editor of 11 books, he has written for The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and other publications, covering topics ranging from U.S. policy in Afghanistan to terrorism to water, energy, and food security in the region.
Chiara Cervasio is a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), the University of Birmingham and a Nuclear Policy Analyst at the British American Security Information Council (BASIC).
Chiara has a background in Political Science, International Relations, and International Security. Before completing her BSc in 2014 at the University of Pisa, she has worked as an intern at the European University Institute, Fiesole (FI). She then obtained her MSc in 2017 from the University of Bologna, specialising in Politics of Contemporary Asia.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed comments on the MENA region's most significant issues and trends. Today, we focus on Lebanon, where Najib Miqati was just nominated Prime Minister-designate.
On June 23rd-24th, Chinese President Xi Jinping will (virtually) chair the 14th BRICS Summit, gathering leaders from Russia, Brazil, India, and South Africa. After losing steam over the last few years, the meeting has gained newfound significance, due to the rekindling between China and Russia as a consequence of the war, India’s renewed role on the international stage (neutral with Russia yet active in the Indo-Pacific), and the perception of developing economies vis-à-vis mounting great power competition.
Israel and Turkey are starting a new chapter in their long-standing bilateral relationship. The mutual visits by Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu’s to Israel (May 2022) and by Foreign Minister Lapid to Turkey (June 2022) followed up on the successful visit by President Herzog to Turkey (March 2022) and were positive steps in the gradual process of improving their relations.
Africa has been moving fast: with an average growth rate between 4.5% and 5% over the last two decades, the continent is one of the most dynamic regions in the world. Its economy has been progressively shifting from a raw-material export-orientated model towards a consumer economy supported by its demographics – currently 1.5bn, forecast to reach 2.5bn in 2050.
On June 23rd-24th, China will virtually host the 14th BRICS Summit. This event comes at a relevant time as the world order goes through a structural transition. To be sure, the great power competition between China and the US had already started with the Trump administration, in particular after the Trade War was launched in March 2018. However, between the pandemic and the war in Ukraine the US-China rivalry has been significantly accelerated.
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aspires to create a single market for goods and services, and to facilitate investment and the movement of persons to deepen economic integration in Africa. Of the 55 African Union (AU) members, 54 have signed the AfCFTA, thereby making it the world’s largest free trade area according to the number of contracting parties.
In a speech on 7 April to his country’s envoys gathered in Pretoria, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa praised the resilience and solidarity of African countries in the fight against Covid-19. According to Ramaphosa, who has led the continental response since his chairship of the African Union (AU) in 2020, “the AU’s coordinated response to the pandemic has significantly advanced the cause of African unity.”