Cyberspace has turned into the “fifth dimension of conflictuality” and, as such, has been sanctioned both by countries’ national cyber security strategies and by international organizations alike. In particular, NATO recognizes cyberspace as a domain for military operations wherein it is possible to trigger collective defense mechanisms in the event of hostile actions.
Qatar is carving out a leading role for itself within international diplomacy - particularly in light of recent events in Afghanistan - through its mediation-oriented foreign policy. This occurs after — and despite — three years of political and diplomatic crisis between the Quartet (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates-UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt) and Qatar. Doha’ diplomacy appears better positioned — and influential — today than before the eruption of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) rift, occurred in 2017.
The presidency of Donald Trump terrified anti-corruption practitioners in both the US and abroad. Because of its role in enforcing anti-corruption legislation with extraterritorial reach, supporting civil society initiatives that fostered anti-corruption, and creating international legal instruments against corruption, the US was rightfully seen as one of the main promotors of anti-corruption measures.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analyses and informed comments on the most significant developments in the MENA region and beyond, bringing together unique opinions on the topic and reliable foresight on future scenarios. Today, we turn the spotlight on Afghanistan, where the Taliban’s takeover of the capital Kabul will lead the country to a new rule, with uncertain consequences on the geopolitical and humanitarian side.
The G20 Digital Ministers are meeting in Trieste on 5 August. How to ensure a smooth digital transformation? How to reap the economic and social benefits of digitalisation by leaving no one behind?
At the upcoming 8th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the multiple dimensions of health cooperation between China and Africa (aid, trade, and high politics) will undoubtedly take centre stage. During the past year and a half, as the Covid-19 pandemic raged through the world, China repeatedly made headlines for its alleged role as a global public goods purveyor.
Reconciling environmental protection with economic growth and social justice; safeguarding ecosystems and preventing biodiversity loss; prioritising and implementing low-carbon, green growth policies in the post-pandemic recovery packages; fostering the energy transition towards renewables to reduce global emissions: these are some of the objectives of the Ministerial Meeting taking place in Naples on 22nd-23rd of July.
The Kuwaiti political situation has reached a deplorable stage, marred not only by bureaucratic infighting between government branches, but also by outbreaks of fisticuffs in the parliament hall. As early as January 2021, the first cabinet under Emir Nawaf submitted its resignation amid brewing legislative-executive tensions, prompting many to speculate on Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid’s return.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analyses and informed comments on the most significant developments in the MENA region and beyond, bringing together unique opinions on the topic and reliable foresight on future scenarios. Today, we turn the spotlight on Afghanistan, where the Taliban’s rapid military advance has raised doubts about the domestic and regional implications of the US-NATO exit strategy as well as concerns about the country’s future.
The armed forces of Myanmar, also known as Tatmadaw, originated when former Burma was at war with Great Britain. The story goes that at a ceremony in Bangkok in 1941 a so-called group of "Thirty Comrades" decided to establish an army to liberate Burma from the British, giving life to the armed resistance that ultimately led the country to independence in 1948. A historical moment that has been memorialized in the Military Museum of Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar, where there are stories and testimonies of the event.