The current stance of Italy towards the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean between Turkey and its western and southern neighbours (Greece, Cyprus, Egypt) on the delimitation of the Economic Exclusive Zones (EEZ) can be best understood by referring to the traditional approach of Italian foreign policy in the Mediterranean.
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Under Vision 2030, a new sense of national pride has been growing among a majority of Saudis, accentuating the positive emotions related to Saudi pre-Islamic history. But there is a common misconception that Saudis have a problem with their pre-Islamic past, considering it antithetical to Islam. According to this misconception, this era should be ignored or at least not celebrated, and absolutely not incorporated into any formulation of what is Saudi Heritage.
Despite being a pale shadow of its former self, the Islamic State group (IS) appears far from having been completely vanquished, or having been limited to a virtual dimension only.
Thailand is undergoing the sixth episode of mass protests that have evolved from the long-standing struggle between pro- and anti-establishment supporters since 2005. The main difference between the current uprising and previous demonstrations is the younger generation taking the lead in resisting what they deem as authoritarian persistence.
Seppur inatteso, ma non del tutto imprevedibile per le dinamiche sempre fluide della politica regionale, l’accordo di normalizzazione dei rapporti diplomatici tra Israele ed Emirati Arabi Uniti (EAU) rischia di aprire nuovi scenari nell’area MENA, già alle prese con molteplici linee di faglia.
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.
Gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean have been enthusiastically received by international observers, although the current price dynamics advises caution. This commentary both explores the opportunities of political and economic collaboration for the states of the region and beyond, and analyses the financial hazards of gas extraction and selling in a global scenario characterised by low prices and decreasing demand.
China is having a good crisis. The spread of Covid-19 in China – if one believes the statistics and declarations of the Chinese government – is under control, while many Western countries (and the U.S. in particular) are confronted with a rising number of infections and the prospects of new and prolonged partial or total lockdowns.
This paper focuses on the “culture of space” in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). For «space» we intend the empty living environment, physical or virtual, private, semi-private or public, where people have mutual social interactions. This is a direct expression of a society’s culture.
Uganda has confirmed 686 coronavirus cases, with no death, as of June 12. During late March, the government imposed a nationwide curfew and other restrictive measures, including the ban on gatherings of more than five people and the closing of non-essential businesses and schools. Since June 4, public transport resumed at half capacity, while the reopening of schools has been postponed until July 1. Wearing a mask in public is compulsory. Borders and the airport remain closed, and curfew is still in place.