A due anni dall’elezione di Abdelmadjid Tebboune come ottavo presidente, l’Algeria sta attraversando una fase di transizione volta a rilanciare il paese. Sul piano politico, continua a tenere banco il programma di riforme promosso dalle autorità e dallo stesso Tebboune per creare una “nuova Algeria” e riconquistare la fiducia di molti cittadini, invertendo così il trend di progressivo disinteresse della popolazione nei confronti del sistema politico emerso durante le proteste di piazza degli ultimi due anni.
L’Europa alle prese con inflazione e venti di guerra. Mentre Putin vola in Cina per le Olimpiadi e rinsalda l’asse Mosca–Pechino.
In normal times, the lead up to a major sporting event such as the Beijing Winter Olympics is accompanied by a flurry of bad news stories, which then give way to a global focus on the sports and performances as the event gets underway, before attention turns to the next major sporting attraction. These are not normal times, though. First, the Beijing Games are taking place during a global pandemic; second, the backdrop to these Games is a decline in the number of states willing to host them and the deterioration of Sino-US relations.
As one of the most significant world-level mega-events in the contemporary period, Olympic Games have their own charm that drives many countries to bid to host them. China is one of these countries. When China won the right to host the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in 2001, it was described as ‘a hundred-year dream come true’.
On January 31st, President Joe Biden designated Qatar a Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) to the US, making it the third country of the Gulf region after Kuwait and Bahrain to receive the designation and one of only 18 countries globally. MNNA status bestows significant benefits and privileges on holders, including preferential access to advanced US military technology and defense equipment.
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 Qatar, whose recent vibrant diplomatic role has been emphasized by its involvement in a broad range of issues discussed during Sheikh Tamim’s visit to Washington, the first Gulf leader to meet Biden at the White House.
On February 4th, the XXIV Olympic Winter Games will start in Beijing, making the Chinese capital the first city to host both editions of the main sport event in the world. Precisely a month afterwards (March 4th), the Two Sessions, the annual plenary meeting of the Chinese parliament, will begin, and Prime Minister Li Keqiang will announce growth targets for the current year.
Washington invia truppe in Europa, ma secondo El Paìs avrebbe avanzato una proposta di accordo a Mosca per evitare l'escalation in Ucraina.
On February 1st, 2021, the Myanmar army (Tatmadaw) announced the change of regime in the country. Within a few hours, the military arrested the leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party that won the elections twice in five years, gaining about 80% of the seats in Parliament in November 2020. The army’s key target was Aung San Suu Kyi, an icon for Myanmar’s people and a symbol of the battle against the military.
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.