Russia’s war against Ukraine is a shot in the arm for the transatlantic partnership after several years of concern in Europe and the United States about their gradual, long-term drifting apart. Today, the broad transatlantic community find itself more united in purpose than it has been for some time, which may ultimately give it a new lease on life. However, how long the reinvigorating impact of the war will last is uncertain.
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The war in Ukraine has raised fears of a major economic impact across the African continent, calling into question its post-pandemic recovery trajectory.
Regions such as the Horn of Africa and West Africa are particularly vulnerable to food crises and food insecurity, whose warning signs are growing globally.
However, the economic implications of the war are multifaceted: while new opportunities for partnerships in the energy sector are emerging, questions arise about the prospects for a green transition in the continent.
Since the war in Ukraine broke out in Europe, its consequences and side effects have been reverberating across African countries. Rising food and energy prices, supply disruptions, and inflationary pressures have created additional challenges on the road for a post-pandemic economic recovery the continent painstakingly embarked upon, in what UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called a 'perfect storm'.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has resumed the West and Russia’s intense rivalry, echoing the Cold War era. In this conjuncture, many African countries find themselves in a familiar position of non-alignment, not wanting to be forced to take sides in a conflict in the global North. In particular, some African countries have played an important role in global diplomacy, specifically regarding their votes in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The war in Ukraine has turned the European green deal into a cornerstone of the EU’s long-term security agenda. Europe is taking extraordinary measures to disconnect itself from Russian gas and to shield itself from the fallout of the conflict. It should think big, not small, and pursue more stable, secure, and ultimately strategic energy partnerships with its southern neighbours.The green deal through a security lens
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