As the United States races to meet the evacuation deadline of 31st August, it is clear that the images of the messy exit will stay etched in our collective conscious for a long time, just as the iconic image of US marines being evacuated from Saigon by a helicopter from a rooftop in April 1975 have never been forgotten. Already questions are being raised about the ‘sudden’ US decision, US credibility, and the collapse of the Afghan army.
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 Afghanistan, where the Taliban’s takeover of the capital Kabul will lead the country to a new rule, with uncertain consequences on the geopolitical and humanitarian side.
On April 16 the Council of the European Union issued its ‘Conclusions on an EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.’ The EU policy paper announced a “meaningful European naval presence in the Indo-Pacific.” However, the meaning of that exact phrase on top of who, what, and when would be deployed to the region have yet to be further explained.
The human rights situation in Asia has been in a steep decline over the last few years, from Myanmar’s attacks against students and the civilian population, China’s offensive against civilian and religious communities in Xinjiang and Tibet, Hong Kong, to longer-term concerns in North Korea, Laos, and several other countries.
The G20 Digital Ministers are meeting in Trieste on 5 August. How to ensure a smooth digital transformation? How to reap the economic and social benefits of digitalisation by leaving no one behind?
La connettività è da tempo in cima all’agenda dell’Unione europea che la definisce come “l’insieme delle infrastrutture fisiche e non fisiche attraverso cui beni, servizi, idee, informazioni e persone possono circolare senza ostacoli”. L’attenzione di Bruxelles si è a lungo concentrata sui trasporti, poiché influenzata dalla tipologia di investimenti e prestiti per lo sviluppo infrastrutturale in Europa degli ultimi anni, in primis quelli provenienti dalla Cina, a discapito degli altri tre pilastri della connettività: energia, connettività umana e digitale.
La settimana trascorsa ha visto la pubblicazione da parte del Fondo Monetario Internazionale di nuove stime di crescita del Pil, aggiornate rispetto ad aprile.
2021 is a significant year for Africa-China relations. It marks 20 years since the Forum for China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was established. China’s Communist Party, which has been in contact with African parties longer than any other political party in the industrialized world, turned 100. Meanwhile, South Africa’s African National Congress, one of the first African movements to be mentored by China, turned 109.
The 2015 launch of China’s Digital Silk Road — and subsequent concerns around the cybersecurity risks associated with Chinese vendors’ network gear — have prompted US and European policymakers to turn their eyes to China’s footprint in Africa’s digital infrastructure.