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The year 2022 will be remembered for many things: the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the year that both NATO and the EU published their security strategies. For the European Union, the Strategic Compass represents the willingness of 27 countries with different strategic cultures to better coordinate, invest in capacity building, and partner with international organisations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations knowing that a secure environment is crucial for European security.
Una tregua e una nuova leadership: dopo sette anni di guerra, lo Yemen attraversa una fase di opportunità politiche. La tregua nazionale, mediata dalle Nazioni Unite fra tutte le parti in conflitto, è in vigore, per due mesi, dal 2 aprile: nonostante alcune violazioni, la buona notizia è che la tregua sta reggendo e il numero di vittime e feriti civili si è dimezzato dal suo inizio.
Russia’s war against Ukraine has dramatically changed not only the life of Ukrainians and Russians, but of Europeans, too. Many things that seemed impossible just before February 24th, 2022 now look more than probable. Among them is Ukraine’s EU membership.
Supply chains have been thrust into the international spotlight by the economic disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, which exacerbated preexisting concerns about Chinese dominance in critical sectors. As a result, the U.S. has come to emphasize supply chain resilience as an essential element of its economic security, focusing particularly on key industries such as semiconductors, critical minerals, high-capacity batteries, and pharmaceuticals.
In the wake of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, there is no doubt that the international order that has developed throughout the 20th century is facing a crisis. In order to protect the liberal international order, human rights, democracy, the principle that the status quo should not be changed by force and that peaceful conflict resolution is necessary are all essential and are now being challenged.
Following Ukrainian President Zelensky’s announcement of the creation of a new International Legion of Territorial Defense, essentially inviting foreigners to join the fight against Russia and promising them arms upon arrival, reactions have been mixed. Whereas some saw his plea as a desperate call for help and urged troops and civilians to respond to the call, others expressed greater concerns that this could lead to a renewed flood of foreign fighters.
The 5th and most recent European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit took place in Abidjan on 29-30 November 2017. Its focus was on investing in youth and managing migration/mobility. The 6th EU-AU Summit, due to take place in fall 2020, was postponed due to the global health crisis: it will finally take place 17-18 February 2022 in Brussels, under the French presidency of the Council of the EU and Senegalese chairmanship of the African Union (AU).
It is often said that Africa is not a country, but when it comes to Europe-Africa relations, we should always bear in mind that Europe is not either. The European Union (EU) is pursuing a fresh and ambitious strategy for the continent, while nearly all Member States carry out their own Africa policy autonomously.
The EU-AU Summit takes place this year as Africa looks ahead to Egypt’s hosting of the twenty-seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in November 2022. Already being billed as the ‘Africa COP’, the region is hoping to secure meaningful progress on its climate and resilient development agenda.