War always triggers a series of intended and unintended consequences. In the case of the current guerrilla war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the conflict has seemingly sparked tensions between Ethiopia and its formerly convivial neighbour, Sudan.
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On 22 January, Italian Police arrested a neo-Nazi sympathizer on terrorism-related offenses in the northwestern port city of Savona. Police also searched the houses of 12 other suspects across Italy, from Turin in the north of the country to Palermo in the south.
After more than two years of negotiations, only in part affected by the outbreak of Covid-19, on 3 December 2020 the chief negotiators from the European Union (EU) and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) reached a political deal on a new partnership to succeed the Cotonou Agreement for (at least) the next twenty years. This lengthy negotiation period was preceded by an equally long and contentious preparation process leading to the adoption of the two negotiation mandates.
Historically, EU relations with Africa have remained fragmented, based on relatively short-term arrangements, and with a weak capacity to command attention and political support. In an effort to inject new vigour into EU-Africa relations – and in line with a pledge to lead a ‘geopolitical Commission’ – early in her mandate president Ursula von der Leyen called for a ‘New comprehensive strategy with Africa’.
While EU member states and citizens debate the new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum, it is clear that migration has been, is and will continue to be an integral part of the relations between African and European countries. A ‘strong external dimension’ takes a pride of place in the Pact and ‘migration diplomacy’ will most probably be deployed as a tool of first choice to persuade (sometimes coerce) governments to agree to keep people in countries of origin and transit.
Le attività spaziali si stanno espandendo a livello globale, con un numero record di Paesi e di attori commerciali oggi coinvolti in investimenti in programmi spaziali. Mai prima d'ora la space economy ha attirato tanto interesse, con satelliti in orbita registrati in oltre 80 nazioni. Sempre più aspetti della vita “terrestre” si basano su segnali e dati satellitari, stimolando nuovi investimenti economici spesso lontani dagli investimenti tradizionali in infrastrutture spaziali.
Space activities are expanding globally, with a record number of countries and commercial actors investing in space programmes. Never before has there been so much interest in the space economy, with satellites in orbit registered in over 80 countries. Ever more down-to-earth activities are derived from satellite signals and data, contributing to new economic activities often far removed from initial investments in space infrastructure.
It’s become increasingly clear that outer space is a key domain of U.S. and international security, and the Trump administration has made it a priority in recent years. On June 17, the Department of Defense (DOD) released a summary of its new Defense Space Strategy (DSS). The document outlines a strategy for advancing U.S. military space power over the next 10 years.
Egypt’s formal political scene is tightly controlled as President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi strives to institutionalize military rule. However, the significant role played by different elements of the security sector in shaping the post-2013 political and economic environment risks further politicizing these agencies. The military, along with different intelligence services, constitutes the organizational backbone of Egypt’s political order under el-Sisi.
Ayman Al Safadi was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2017 and appointed as Deputy Prime Minister in Bisher Al-Khasawneh’s Cabinet on 12 October 2020. In the mid-1980s, Ayman began his professional career in journalism and communications, before moving into politics and then management. During this time, he was the Director General of the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation, Editor-in-chief and columnist in “Al-Ghad” daily newspaper, and Editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times. Between 2008 and 2011, he served as an adviser to King Abdullah, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State...