President Biden, with a strong foreign policy portfolio and a meager record on domestic policy during his half century-long career as a public servant, seems more eager to capitalize on his art of global diplomacy and reclaim US leadership based on securing American dominance in the Indo-Pacific than putting his own house in order. One is left with the impression that he has been brushing many domestic problems aside in a rush to push and grab the gavel of global leadership, which Trump abandoned.
From inaction to action – that is the message that the 2021 G7 summit seems to be more than willing to get across. And, indeed, things appear to be moving fast: from bolder commitments on climate change to the recent announcement of a global corporate tax, from redoubled promises to help vaccinating the world to foreign policy coordination.
Last year brought about new, unforeseen challenges for the global community. The Covid-19 pandemic came as an unexpected “black swan” and put abruptly under discussion our life styles, our working practices, the ways we used to do business. In a nutshell, the whole globalization paradigm, which had reached its peak, was under threat by an invisible and microscopical enemy. Today, as we are finally getting out of the most acute phase of the emergency – at least from the health point of view – we are called to a possibly even daunting challenge: how can we build back our societies better?
In its latest iteration, which manifested itself more clearly between 2019 and 2021, Turkey’s foreign policy around Libya has been part of three interlinked policies.
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, which holds a controversial presidential election on May 26th, denounced by human rights groups and Western governments alike as a farce with a foregone conclusion.
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In November 2020, the Ethiopian federal government launched a military operation in the northern region of Tigray. Hostilities between the federal army and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) forces continued in the following months. Furthermore, the involvement of ethnic-based militias as well as Eritrean armed forces have contributed to further escalate the conflict, causing a humanitarian crisis. What role did external actors play so far? How can the international community help solve the Tigray crisis? How will the conflict impact Ethiopia’s future prospects?
In Somalia’s long and turbulent road towards rebuilding state-wide institutions and granting its citizens acceptable living conditions, for every two steps forward the country seems to take a step backwards. A new crisis has been unfolding in Mogadishu, this time around a primarily political one.