2021 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Forum on China-Africa Relations (FOCAC). While FOCAC wasn’t the first of the so-called Africa Plus One summits (Japan’s Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) predates it) it has come to set the template for how the continent engages with external powers. The success of FOCAC has spurred many similar initiatives between African countries and partners as diverse as Russia, India, the EU, and even Indonesia.
Set up in the benign environment of the post-Cold War period, the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was a bold diplomatic initiative for China at the time and one which forged a path to ever closer relations. Twenty-one years on the world has changed in unexpected and profound ways, which put China-Africa ties under the spotlight once again. China’s rising stature on the global stage echoes the increasingly dominant economic position it holds across nearly all sectors on the continent.
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 Tunisia, where recent protests have prompted President Saied to an unprecedented decision which may challenge the country’s entire democratic transition.
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I paesi dell’Unione europea sono stati colpiti pesantemente dalla crisi economica provocata dalla pandemia da Covid-19: nel 2020, il Pil ha subito una contrazione del 6,1% anche se le performance dei singoli Stati Membri sono state disomogenee. Le prospettive per la ripresa nel 2021-22 sono positive, anche se pesa l’incertezza legata al possibile perdurare dell’emergenza sanitaria.
Londra vuole riscrivere il Protocollo sull'Irlanda del Nord, ma Bruxelles non ci sta: il muro contro muro rischia di riaccendere la questione irlandese
On the night between April 7th and 8th, the chief of the Polisario Gendarmerie, Addah Al-Bendir, was reportedly killed under unclear circumstances by an alleged airstrike in a Polisario-controlled desert area in the disputed Western Sahara territory near Tifariti, according to an official press release by the Sahrawi Ministry of Public Defence then quoted by several media outlets, though it was alm
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 Saudi-Emirates relationship, as Riyadh's and Abu Dhabi's recent disagreements within the OPEC Plus cartel may indicate a possible fault line in one of the region’s most long-lasting alliances.
Climate change, biodiversity loss and sustainable growth are long-standing global challenges. Today they are even more crucial, given the crisis brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, which calls for making the much-needed recovery in the global economy compatible with action to meet, exceed and improve agreed environmental targets and compatible with the planetary boundaries. Post-pandemic recovery provides an opportunity for governments to look ahead and build a low-carbon and climate-resilient future.
Saudi Arabia’s rebalanced alliances within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are producing recalibrated power relations in Yemen, too, as the new United Nations Special Envoy — the Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg — has been appointed. In fact, three external factors contemporarily affect Yemen’s peace prospects and war dynamics, which could alter the diplomatic stalemate that paralysed negotiations in the last couple of years, though the mediation outlook remains complicated.
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 rapid military advance has raised doubts about the domestic and regional implications of the US-NATO exit strategy as well as concerns about the country’s future.