Dr. La Toya Waha is Deputy Director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia in Singapore. Dr. Waha’s research focus is on the emergence of political violence, the relation between religion, politics and the state as well as suicide as a political tool. She has published on political culture, collective violence as well as political parties in South Asia. Her major publication is her book, Religion and State-Formation in Transitional Societies: Sri Lanka in a Comparative Perspective.
Matthew Karnitschnig is POLITICO’s chief Europe correspondent, based in Berlin. He joined the publication in 2015 from the Wall Street Journal, where he spent 15 years in a variety of positions as a reporter and editor in the U.S. and Europe.
Carlo Altomonte is Senior Associate Research Fellow at ISPI. He is Associate Professor of Economics of European Integration at Bocconi University and Non-Resident Fellow at Bruegel, a EU think tank. He has been regularly acting as consultant for a number of national and international institutions, including the Italian Government, the United Nations (UNCTAD), the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Central Bank.
The global Covid-19 epidemic has abruptly changed our ways of life, our relationships, our work. Reduced mobility and safety measures have put a halt to conferences and many of the “social” activities that belong to a think tank’s daily life and work.
While about 10,000 people in Africa were registered as positive to the coronavirus as of April 7 – a marginal figure if compared to data coming from Europe, Asia or North America – the pandemic outbreak has already had huge, multilayered and sometimes hard-to-detect impacts on the continent.
In Latin America (LatAm), line ministries are usually responsible for sectoral policy development and in charge of infrastructure planning (long-term plans), programming (medium to short-term programs) and individual project appraisal. Furthermore, in most of LatAm countries, there are inter-sectoral development plans and programs, compiled by planning secretaries or ministries of economy and finance, which include the previous sectoral efforts.
In mid-November 2019 Turkey deported two women suspected of having supported the Islamic State (IS) in Syria to their country of origin: Germany. One of them, 21 year old Nasim A. was arrested immediately after her arrival at Frankfurt airport. According to media reports, she had left Germany in 2014 to join the terrorist organization. She reportedly married one of its fighters. In early 2019 she had been arrested by Kurdish security forces and had spent time in the now notorious prison camp al-Hawl.
The MED Report 2019 Weathering the Storm. Charting New Courses in the Mediterranean provides analyses, policy recommendations, and new approaches to critical issues facing the enlarged Mediterranean region today. Structured along four thematic sections – shared security, shared prosperity, migration, culture and civil society – the Report focuses on a selection of key topics, highlighting both challenges and developments stemming from a region that is undergoing profound transformations.
The intense pressures of economic competition at a global scale are fueling the growth of major infrastructure investments at an unprecedented rate. These investments are frequently perceived as critical to the ‘success’ of major urban, regional and national development through their ability to affect significant socio-economic change (OMEGA Centre, 2012).
The Central American region has a long history in the quest for economic, social and political integration. From the mid-twentieth century to the present, Central American countries – like many other open economies – have gone through two waves of regionalism that marked the emergence of new efforts to form homogeneous and integrated economic blocs capable of expanding markets at the regional level.