All Western Balkan countries have, at least officially, committed to joining the European Union and promised to fight organized crime head-on, as one of the priority areas during their accession talks. The European Commission’s Country Reports have repeated ad nauseam that the key focus should be on having a track record in prosecuting organized crime with final convictions.
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 look at the extraordinary G20 summit which took place on Tuesday as an opportunity to reflect on the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding in Afghanistan and on its regional context.
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The August 15th events in Afghanistan caught off guard not only the Afghans but much of the rest of the world. Following intensified negotiations between the Taliban and the US government and Biden’s announcement to withdraw troops by 11th September 2021, many Afghans expected a major shift in the country's political landscape, especially the return of the Taliban in some form. However, no one anticipated what transpired on August 15th, which was largely precipitated by former President Ghani's escape.
The 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 Iraq, where citizens are called to the polls in an early attempt to re-shape a political landscape that has struggled to meet people’s expectations since 2019.
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If the "Pivot to Asia" — the strategic rebalancing of American interests from Europe and the Middle East to East Asia — was former President Barack Obama’s goal, it seems to be now more than ever US President Joe Biden’s mantra, given the bolder approach of the current administration to counter Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s increasingly assertive policy. This is happening not without jolts from Washington, which has pulled more than a few blows to its allies.
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.
Sono trascorsi vent’anni dagli attacchi al World Trade Center del 2001. Si è trattato di un momento simbolico per la galassia jihadista, con ampie ripercussioni a livello mondiale. Inoltre, a distanza di vent’anni dall’inizio della “guerra più lunga” di Washington, le truppe statunitensi hanno completato il proprio ritiro e i talebani hanno assunto il potere in Afghanistan. Come è cambiata la nebulosa jihadista dal 2001, e quali sono le sue possibili linee evolutive future?
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.
Last week was a bad week for the Islamic State. In just three days, the organisation lost two leading figures: one in the Sinai, where key commander Abu Hamza Al-Qadi surrendered to Egyptian security forces, and one in the Sahel.
A key mistake to avoid in thinking about Germany’s future economic policies is to personalize.