Fabio Petito is Senior Associate Research Fellow in ISPI and Head of the "Religions and International Relations" Programme promoted by ISPI and the Freedom of Religion or Belief & Foreign Policy Initiative (FoRB&FPI), University of Sussex - UK. He is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex. He has taught at SOAS in London, the ESCP-EAP in Paris and at ‘L’Orientale’ in Naples.
Risultati della ricerca:
Africa’s development aspirations have always rested on the possibilities and policies inherent in achieving rapid industrialisation. Africans believe that key interventions in industrial policy would lay the foundation for sustained growth, business and job creation. In contemporary China, African policy makers seem to have found a development partner whose interests, experiences and capacities match these continental ambitions.
In response to the COVID19 crisis, governments across the world, including in Africa, have had to rapidly expand their budgets for healthcare and to avoid widespread poverty as economic activity slows. There are concerns that African countries are – as a result – vulnerable to a protracted debt crisis. The framing of this, however, may lead to the wrong policy prescriptions, and this is why.
African countries are scrambling to pull together the necessary resources to face the COVID-19 health crisis, cushion its fallout on the poor, support their economies, and stay current on debt obligations. Some are redirecting public spending, with Angola and Nigeria lowering the oil-price assumptions in their budgets to more realistic levels, at $33pb and $28pb respectively. Others have approved stimulus packages to contain the impact of the crisis on their economies and the poor.
According to the latest World Bank’s “Global Economic Prospects” publication, Covid-19 pandemic will have a negative impact on East Asia causing a -1,2% GDP’s reduction in 2020, that is the region’s first recession since 1998’s Asian financial crisis, while China is expected to slow to 1% this year. Among the various consequences that may materialise, the report highlights the disruption of the global and regional value chains.
Given that we don't know where the pandemic might re-appear from one day to the next, it is all but impossible to make firm predictions about what the future may bring. So rather than try to establish certainties about Chinese economic power in a post pandemic world, it is more realistic to be somewhat cautious and point to a range of potential scenarios instead. Here, we might think of the pandemic as providing a lens to look at China through. But rather than a lens on a microscope, one on a magnifying glass instead.
The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health emergency but a multi-dimensional crisis for Afghanistan, casting “a huge shadow” over daily lives, Deborah Lyons, newly appointed head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan told the Security Council on Thursday, June 25.
China’s rise over the last four decades is, in part, an urban story. Internal migration has played a crucial role in China’s economic and social development, as has experimentation with an array of city-focused governance approaches, including various models of special economic zones. Looking forward, migration to, from, and between cities, as well as regulatory and policy frameworks around everything from artificial intelligence to urban planning, will continue to shape China’s political stability, social resilience, and economic trajectory.
After the massive defeat of the Libyan National Army (LNA) at the hands of Operation Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) - which supports the internationally recognized Government of Accord (GNA) - the new frontline is just west of Sirte, a city 370 km southeast of Tripoli and 350 km southwest of Benghazi, strategically located at the entrance to Libya’s Oil Crescent.
Warnings from the Arab world against the Israeli government’s plan to annex territories in the West Bank have been mounting in recent weeks. Various Arab leaders conveyed, in public and in private, messages that annexation will radicalize Palestinians, damage the peace process, prevent normalization of Israel-Arab ties, jeopardize regional stability, could ignite a religious war, and will be considered a crime.