The region encompassing the Middle East, North Africa, and the Sahel is studded with complex and multi-layered conflicts in which local and international dynamics interact. While this may sound like a simple truth, it has important implications regarding conflict management. Across the region, few wars are limited to one country and are internally resolvable. In most cases (Russia, Libya, Mali, Yemen), local and regional actors, foreign players, and international organizations have become protagonists of these crises’ destinies.
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Established to tackle global crisis in 1999 at the level of Finance Ministers and Governors of the Central Banks and then scaled up to Summit level in 2009 at Pittsburgh, USA, the G-20 has evolved over the years not only to deliver in terms of coordination in dealing with various global challenges on finance related fronts. Since 2012 onwards it has also included key development issues, concerning global economic governance. At this point, the G20 grouping represents around 65 percent of the global population and 79 percent of global trade.
After the start of the war in Ukraine, the challenge of improving our global health fell into oblivion. This represents not only a medical problem, but a serious ethical issue as well. According to the United Nations Secretary General António Gutierrez, health inequalities after the pandemic were “an obscenity”. The picture is getting worse every day due to an appalling loss of the world's ability to react to new health threats, and the deterioration of living conditions of the poorest populations with its clinical consequences.
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 COP27, the 27th annual UN meeting, hosted this year in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh.
Renewable hydrogen offers a unique opportunity to accelerate the EU’s transition to a low-carbon economy. Still, deployment at scale faces fundamental challenges. Only by working together can the EU become a global leader in clean hydrogen innovation and simultaneously contribute to its climate and energy security goals.
Hosting the twenty-seventh Conference of the Parties (COP27), Egypt is ideally taking the lead in global climate action.
In the lead up to COP27 in Egypt, all eyes are on the region. The acceleration of the global energy transition poses critical challenges for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with the transformation evolving into an all-encompassing economic, social, and political project for the region. Exacerbating this shift are two main factors: the over-dependence on hydrocarbons, coupled with ongoing diversification drives and ambitious reform programs aimed at widening the economic base.
The big question going into the 2022 midterm election is whether the Democrats, currently in control of the White House and Congress, can avoid the electoral dubbing that basic political conditions portend. Although midterms usually cost the president’s party seats in Congress, the extent of the damage varies widely, with seat swings ranging from +8 to -64 in the House (average, -27), and +3 to -13 in the Senate (average, -4) over the 19 postwar midterms.