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 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.
The MENA Region: A Great Power Competition volume deals with competition among regional and external players for the redistribution of power and international status in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on Russia’s renewed role and the implications for US interests. Over the last few years, a crisis of legitimacy has beset the liberal international order. In this context, the configuration of regional orders has come into question, as in the extreme case of the current collapse in the Middle East.
Everything is ready for the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. According to the worldwide media, on October 1 the Chinese government will surprise the world by showing new military devices during the parade. New missiles, tanks, and army sections are supposed to be carried through Chang An Avenue, the main street cutting through Tiananmen Square.
A oltre sei mesi dall’inizio delle proteste di piazza che hanno obbligato l’anziano presidente Abdelaziz Bouteflika a ritirare la propria candidatura per un quinto mandato e abbandonare il potere, la situazione socio-politica del paese continua ad attraversare una fase di stallo, caratterizzata da una caparbia ma pacifica mobilitazione popolare che chiede – finora senza particolare successo – un cambiamento dell’attuale sistema politico sostenuto dall’élite militare e l’avvio di un processo di riforme istituzionali in senso democratico.
Because of its role as an important driver of both economic and productivity growth, development and maintenance of infrastructure network are usually a major concern to political agenda. Nevertheless, there is a widespread agreement that the current investment trend may not be sufficient to meet a constantly growing demand for infrastructures, driven by the rapid development among emerging markets. Estimates by Oxford Economics point to a structural gap that, from its 2016 level of USD 372 bln, will face an yearly average growth of 3.2% until 2040.
A few weeks ago official celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement (or simply “Wusi”, five-four, in Chinese) took place across China amidst the Party/state growing anxiety and concerns about potential threats to regime stability.
In early April 2019, General Khalifa Haftar instructed the Libyan National Army (LNA) to take Tripoli by force, initiating Libya’s Second War of Post-Qadhafi Succession. Drawing upon the Libya-Analysis proprietary real time militia mapping project, this paper examines the main armed groups involved in the war: ascertaining their strengths, weaknesses, command and control structures, motivations, alliances, military capacities, and financing. It illustrates how all armed groups in Libya exploit the country’s dysfunctional war economy.
In policy circles the challenges associated with Africa’s unfolding urban transition is typically reduced to the need for infrastructure to ensure effective urban management. However, what is meant by urban infrastructure, what is the scale of the deficits and how these can be financed, are often obscured.