51% of Israelis do not want Netanyahu to remain as Prime Minister, while only 21% of Israelis want a government with Haredi parties (Channel 12 poll): looking at the dynamics at play, it seems difficult that this statement will be reinforced by the still uncertain results of March 23rd. The hope is, however, that this election can put an end to the political stalemate of the last two years.
What started as a diplomatic success and a unique occasion of interfaith dialogue for Iraq as well as its Kurdish autonomous region ended up triggering some unforeseen implications that have caused quite a headache for both Kurdish officials in Erbil and chancelleries in Ankara and Teheran.
On January 20, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. According to a survey by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) as of January 2021, a majority of Europeans are happy about the election victory, but 32 percent say that the Americans can no longer be trusted after the four years of President Trump.
To save the euro from collapse, Mario Draghi, then chief of the European Central Bank, reaffirmed markets he would do whatever it takes. Those famous words marked the turnaround of the euro crisis. Fast-forward to 2021. Under his direction as fresh new Prime Minister of Italy, the country that holds the presidency of the G20, world leaders have the unique opportunity to reboot trade cooperation to defeat the pandemic across the globe, whatever it takes.
Nearly 10 years after the beginning of the uprising turned into a war with multiple regional and international actors involved, the Syrian regime controls almost 70 percent of Syrian territory thanks to the political, economic, and military assistance provided by its allies, Russia and Iran. Damascus however faces huge socioeconomic challenges, which are far from being overcome.
The Rome MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed comments on the MENA region's most significant issues and trends. Today we turn the spotlight on Libya, where the new National Unity Government led by Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah will be sworn in Tobruk and will have the difficult task of healing the country’s multiple wounds and leading it to the crucial elections of December 2021.
After 10 years of war in Syria, sanctions have yet to achieve their purpose: a change in the behavior of the Syrian establishment. Syria is no longer bleeding out of control, but still has many open, sensitive wounds which have raised difficult moral and practical challenges for the countries issuing sanctions.
As the Arab Spring unfolded in the Middle East region back in 2011, Iran expressed its encouragement for the uprisings, naming them “Islamic Awakenings”. However, as the protests reached Damascus, Tehran offered its unwavering support to its longtime ally, the Assad regime.
Since Myanmar’s military staged a coup on 1 February, Burmese civil society became synonymous with political opposition. Activists from different working sectors are engaging in a coordinated civil disobedience movement ravaging throughout the entire country, while leaders of local organizations are jointly calling on the international community to intervene. The root problem, however, remains reconciling ethnic clashes and interests in Myanmar’s fragmented political context.
Africa has been in the middle of unforeseen international competition for the better part of the past two decades. Both the return of traditional players – notably European countries and the United States – as well as a marked new interest shown by emerging economies led the continent out of the substantial neglect it suffered during the latter years of the past century.