From September 28th to 30th, the “Youth4Climate” meeting will take place in Milan, where almost 400 young people from all over the world aged between 18 and 29 will gather to discuss climate action. The Youth4Climate meeting aims at developing concrete proposals for this year’s Pre-COP and COP 26 that will occur in Milan and Glasgow, respectively.
Dopo due settimane di campagna elettorale, lo scorso 8 settembre i marocchini sono stati chiamati al voto per eleggere 395 deputati della Camera dei rappresentanti e oltre 31 mila rappresentanti di comuni e regioni. A sorpresa, il liberale “Rassemblement national des indépendants” (Rni) è stato il più votato in tutte e tre le consultazioni. Conquistando 102 seggi alla Camera, il partito ha quindi espresso il capo del governo, Aziz Akhannouch, nominato dal re Mohamed VI venerdì 10 settembre con l’incarico di formare il nuovo esecutivo.
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 the recent Sharm el-Sheikh meeting between Bennett and al-Sisi. Together with opening a new chapter in Israel-Egypt ties, the summit also represents a step forward in the process of normalisation that has been underway for a year between Israel and its Arab neighbours, with potential developments for the region and beyond.
The 2017 to 2021 Parliament has not been plain sailing for Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU). In late 2018, Angela Merkel announced her intention to step down from the CDU leadership, after disappointing state election results in Bavaria and Hesse.
Despite relatively low numbers of Covid-19 cases and victims in Africa – though the third wave has caused an uptick in the spread of the virus – the pandemic has had severe repercussions on the continent’s societies and economies. Extreme poverty levels rose, erasing progresses made over recent years, while negative (or stagnating) growth rates have both put pressure on African states over the sustainability of their debt obligations and undermined future prospects for development.
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 the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, one of the most significant terrorist acts in modern history and probably the single event that has had the most impact on the history of the 21st century, especially for the MENA region.
Twenty years have passed since the 9/11 attacks — an event that had wide-ranging implications from different perspectives: on policy-makers’ decisions in domestic and foreign policy; on collective imaginary and on society; and, not last, on the very jihadi movement and its evolution.
When al-Qaida perpetrated the 9/11 attacks, the immediate response from within the group, not to speak of the broader militant Islamist movement, was not unanimously positive. Senior leaders including Said al-Adl and Abu Hafs al-Mauritani opposed the strikes out of strategic concerns. Nonetheless, it was the attacks against the US homeland that catapulted al-Qaida from being one among several militant Islamist groups in the region to become the indisputable banner carrier of Jihadis worldwide.
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.