In the wake of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, there is no doubt that the international order that has developed throughout the 20th century is facing a crisis. In order to protect the liberal international order, human rights, democracy, the principle that the status quo should not be changed by force and that peaceful conflict resolution is necessary are all essential and are now being challenged.
Il Consiglio Europeo di Versailles sul conflitto in Ucraina ha confermato una tendenza importante: l’attenzione crescente degli Stati a definire un interesse europeo prevalente rispetto a quelli nazionali. In sostanza, la disponibilità ad agire insieme per ridurre la vulnerabilità complessiva dell’Unione a beneficio di ciascun Paese.
REPowerEU punta a superare la dipendenza energetica da Mosca. Tra rinnovabili e fonti alternative si annuncia però un percorso complesso, anche per l'Italia.
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. This week, we focus on the rise in food prices that the MENA region is experiencing in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war.
The South Korean public opinion has become increasingly wary of China and the supposed “Olympic spirit” of the Beijing Winter Games has not in any way softened the criticism. Two specific episodes tossed a lit match on Korea’s bourgeoning anti-Chinese sentiments. During the opening ceremony, the depiction of a woman in hanbok (Korea's traditional clothing) as representing one of China’s 56 ethnic minorities was viewed in South Korea as the Chinese latest attempt at claiming provenance for Korean culture staples.
On 21 September 2021, the South Korean boy band BTS attended the 76th UN General Assembly (UNGA) accompanying President Moon Jae-in, who appointed the group as “special presidential envoy for future generations and culture”. In their address, BTS conveyed an overall optimistic message, promoting the COVID-19 vaccine and lauding young people for their resiliency. That event reflected the popularity of K-contents worldwide, from music to cinema.
“Our friendship is as strong as steel”, reads a famous propaganda poster celebrating the strength of the Sino-Soviet relationship. Similar tones are used today.
Russia and Ukraine account for 30% of global wheat exports. Today’s conflict is inevitably taking its toll on wheat prices worldwide. Only a few hours after Russian troops entered Ukraine, the price of wheat peaked at a record high of 344 euros a ton on Euronext.
War has come back to Europe just as the world’s centre of gravity was shifting from Europe to Asia. If today’s focus is on supporting Ukraine’s fight to resist the Russian invasion, long-term concerns for European security remain centred in Asia. It is past time for Europe to discuss whether to step up its economic and strategic presence in Asia, especially the Indo-Pacific region; the urgent challenge is to figure out how such a game will be played.
La guerra sta distruggendo anche il patrimonio infrastrutturale di un Paese in una posizione cruciale nei corridoi tra Europa e Asia. Tanti i progetti a rischio.