Western states and the UN aid system reacted to the Taliban assumption of power in August 2021 essentially the same way they did in 1996-2001 when Taliban first ruled from Kabul. There was no recognition, a battery of sanctions were imposed, funds held by the Afghan state overseas were frozen, and no humanitarian assistance or other aid funds were channeled through the Taliban controlled state.
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One year after the fall of Kabul into the hands of the Taliban, it is time for a first assessment of how the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has performed so far. It is worth pointing out that it has not imploded yet, despite the dire economic situation. The Taliban are able to raise about $2 billion per year in customs and taxes, keeping the state more or less afloat. The lack of resources has nonetheless ensured that intra-Taliban tensions have remained high over the past twelve months.
On August 9th, Kenya will hold its seventh national election since the reintroduction of multiparty competition in the early 1990s.
Kenya’s upcoming election adds to the uncertainty coming from the international landscape. Typically, elections are not a painless affair in the East African country. Violence is not necessarily part of the outcome, but the departure of President Uhuru Kenyatta, at the end of his second term and no longer eligible for re-election, makes the unfolding scenario highly unpredictable.
The Kenya general elections will be held in early August – when Kenyans will have an opportunity to elect a new President and representatives to the National Assembly, Senate, and devolved County Assemblies. These elections will be Kenya’s seventh since the introduction of multi-party politics in 1992, and the third since the promulgation of a new constitution that significantly altered the structure and architecture of the Kenyan state in 2010.
As Kenyans head to general elections on 9 August 2022, attention is largely focused on a tight presidential race. However, many of the lower level races are also fiercely contested.
Despite some improvement over the past decade, corruption in Kenya remains rampant: Kenya is ranked 128 among 180 nations in 2021 in terms of perceived corruption, after climbing from position 124 in 2020. Democratic elections are also meant to help keep malpractice and fraud under check. Regrettably, a number of those seeking elective seats in the coming elections have tainted integrity.
Ieri sono iniziate le esercitazioni militari cinesi al largo di Taiwan, a seguito della visita di Nancy Pelosi che la notte tra il 2 e il 3 agosto ha incontrato la presidente di Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen, scatenando l'ira della Cina. Per capire cos'è successo finora e cosa succederà adesso Francesco Rocchetti, Segreterio Generale ISPI, e Silvia Boccardi, giornalista, parlano con Alessia Amighini, esperta di Cina, Professoressa associata all’Università del Piemonte Orientale e Co-responsabile del programma Asia dell'ISPI.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed comments upon the MENA region's most significant issues and trends. Today we place the spotlight upon Iraq, where an extended political crisis has abruptly resulted in the occupation of the Iraqi parliament by the supporters of the influential leader Muqtada al-Sadr, and a potential confrontation between different Shia factions.
Nancy Pelosi lascia Taiwan e vola in Corea del Sud. Ma la sua visita ‘storica’ rischia di far saltare i fragili equilibri che regolano le relazioni tra Cina e Stati Uniti.