At the end of 2020 the Chinese Communist Party launched a campaign against web platforms, the Chinese tech giants that for years had been free to act as they wished, even if their operations fell within grey areas.
The 2013 film American Dreams in China (中国合伙人), depicts a romantic and stylized version of the founding of New Oriental (新东方), once the leading private education provider in China.
In early 2021, popular grassroots nationalist vlogger Zheng Guocheng, apparently drunk, remonstrated vehemently against the government for corruption and repression during a live-streaming event with his followers. For Zheng, the incident was costly as he not only lost all his channels on domestic vlogging platforms and alienated many of his followers, but also became a laughingstock among his opponents, the regime critics, who mocked him for being repressed by a regime that he defended.
International conflicts and crises are extremely complex phenomena and – at least from the “outside” – they should be analysed in the least biased way possible. This is not always easy to achieve, in part because Western media and expert debates often fail to include local voices, different sensitivities and less mainstream views. The Ukraine crisis is no exception. Some crucial points are taken for granted in the Western discourse, but they are still contested realities and should be framed carefully. Should NATO welcome Ukraine’s membership?
Yemen’s Houthis attacked Abu Dhabi twice in a week. For the United Arab Emirates (UAE), risk perception has dramatically increased: things will never be the same. The Emirati leadership, a master of strategy, suddenly came to realise how difficult it is to balance national security and regional ambitions. Despite a correction course in foreign policy, the UAE now stands in the eye of the storm. After a decade of assertive military posture in the Middle East, it could be too late for the UAE to avoid backlashes.
Macron sente Putin al telefono e stasera parlerà con il leader ucraino Zelensky. La via d’uscita diplomatica alla crisi ucraina passa per l’Europa?
L‘acquisizione record di Activision da parte di Microsoft punta i fari su un settore in grande sviluppo ed espansione. Tra tecnologia e profitti, ecco le prospettive.
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 the Islamic State's recent activity in Syria and Iraq. The latest attack on a prison in northeast Syria is perhaps the most sophisticated operation launched by the group since 2019. Therefore, it raises concerns about the possible resurgence of IS in the region.
È stata un’altra giornata ad alta tensione tra Stati Uniti e Russia nella crisi in atto al confine orientale dell’Ucraina. Se da un lato gli Stati Uniti stanno valutando il dislocamento di truppe nel Baltico 8.500 militari in stato di allerta, dall’altro Mosca ha avviato esercitazioni di unità corazzate nella regione della Crimea, annessa nel 2014.
The Mediterranean is among the regions that are most affected by climate change. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the region will face a “heightened risk of water shortages, coastal flooding and exposure to potentially deadly extreme heat”, with temperatures growing faster than the global average, impacting sectors such as agricul