For Asia, the first half of 2022 has been marred by the implications of the war in Ukraine – as everywhere else in the world – but it has also been a time for elections in the region’s key countries.
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Great power competition in Asia comes with the need for China and the US to secure alliances and partnership in the region. In the first half of the 2022, four of the major players – Japan, South Korea, Australia and Philippines – changed the government or held elections. In each of these countries how to relate with China was one of the biggest issues in foreign policy.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed comments on the MENA region’s most significant issues and trends. Today, we turn the spotlight upon Libya, looking at the end of a three-month oil blockade in the country as well as the recent clashes among militias in Tripoli and Misrata.
The transition from energy systems dominated by fossil fuels to ones based on renewable electricity and carbon-free molecules will significantly impact existing value chains and transform production to consumption lifecycles, dramatically altering interactions among stakeholders.
In a world where the population is increasingly urban, the effects of climate change are progressively reducing the availability and quality of raw material and natural resources. At the same time, disruptive events such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine are calling for a rethink of self-sufficiency, local production and renewable energy, and the circular economy is coming to the fore as a key driver to help cities and regions boost future economic growth.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine, launched on 24 February 2022, has been a watershed moment in many ways. Not only it has brought large-scale conventional war back to European soil after decades of peace, but it has also disrupted a large number of trends on a continental and global scale. Among the domains worst affected by the conflict, energy – and the energy transition – features prominently, with two diverging effects.
The world is facing sustainability challenges and constraints due to resource depletion, wasteful and harmful production and consumption, and the emerging impacts of climate change.
In the past few weeks, the treatment of waste has been receiving increasing attention in the media further to the proposal of the Mayor of Rome to build a large waste-to-energy plant to treat some of the capital’s refuse.
Before assessing the Italian situation, we should recall that the treatment of waste, and in particular its conversion into energy, is not happening in a legislative vacuum but it is strictly regulated by European Union laws.
When Kais Saïed was elected President of the Republic of Tunisia in 2019, he had just run his campaign on a programme of institutional reform aimed at solving, once and for all, the political crisis that the country is still going through.
Tunisia’s 2011-2021 decade can be summarised as follows: the introduction of democracy, the fall of a semi-socialist state, the deterioration of citizens’ economic conditions, the rise (and fall) of terrorism, and the Covid-19 pandemic. People, however, tend to forget about democracy and focus only on the negative aspects. As such, a new narrative is gaining ground: the crisis started in January 2011, when demonstrations against President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali intensified -and never ended.