A year and a half after the new Strategy with Africa proposed by the European Commission was made public, the new partnership between the two continents is still being defined. The impact of the Covid19 pandemic, with Africa’s first economic recession in 25 years and a sharp rise in poverty and debt, has brought new challenges in the agenda of the two continents, highlighting new gaps to address on the way forward.
When Russian peacekeepers arrived in Nagorno-Karabakh as part of a ceasefire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenian, they found it empty, blanketed in a thick November fog. After 44 days of brutal war, most had fled, not believing the fighting was over. A year later, the region’s main city of Stepanakert is no longer a ghost town. Most of its residents have returned, followed by thousands of Armenians displaced from territories won over by Azerbaijani forces in the conflict.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed insights on the most significant developments in the MENA region, bringing together unique opinions on the topic and reliable foresight on future scenarios. Today, we turn the spotlight on the Middle East and North Africa region’s climate policy shift, with several local actors announcing long-term visions to cut their emissions in the upcoming decades.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed an underbelly around the lack of preparedness to disasters, pandemics, or climate change globally, and Africa is no exception to this. As everybody journeys towards COP-26, there are both the acknowledgment and realization that we need to look at adaptation and mitigation as two sides of the same coin in order to amplify the level of preparedness and action needed to tackle the impacts of climate change.
Climate change isn’t a future scenario — it’s an everyday reality.
L'insicurezza alimentare rischia di aumentare a causa del cambiamento climatico. Occorre investire di più in sostenibilità e nel contrasto alle disuguaglianze.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed insights on the most significant developments in the MENA region, bringing together unique opinions on the topic and reliable foresight on future scenarios. Today, we focus on Syria, recently at the core of a renewed interest by neighbouring Arab states, willing to re-establish diplomatic ties with the Assad regime.
There are growing expectations on the G20 Summit in Rome, which is now at the starting line. The key question is: how to escape the fate of a G20 Summit which is a little more than a “photo opportunity” among world leaders (all the more so as some of them - such as Putin and Xi – are missing)? To begin with, it is worth noting that the Summit is just the tip of the G20 “iceberg”: it is the culmination of a year-long multilateral effort which included 19 thematic working groups as well as 13 Ministerial meetings in 2021.
On March 23, 2021 the 20,000 TEU vessel Ever Given ran aground and wedged itself across the Suez Canal, all traffic through one of the world’s most critical waterways came to a halt. A highly reported race to free the stuck ship began almost immediately as did the recriminations to the cause of the stranding.
Recent investigations have uncovered an Italian group of anti-Semitic far-right extremists with an interest in Nazi occultism. According to investigators, they allegedly were involved in anti-vaccine campaigns, showed their willingness in planning acts of violence, and had contacts with Ukrainian ultranationalist forces.