The year 2021 has been one of Lebanon’s toughest years in decades. The country plunged deeper into a financial crisis that resulted in around 85% of its population regarded as below the poverty line. The economic crisis is enabled by a political environment, both national and international, which has directly or indirectly sustained a corrupt political system in the country. Lebanon is due to hold parliamentary elections in the spring of 2022.
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Ten years of democratic transition left a majority of Tunisians unhappy about their country’s fate. Over the decade, growing anger occasionally spilled over onto the streets, but politicians always contained it through consensual deals and short-term remedies. A number of political and economic reforms came as top-down policies, often perceived as neo-imperialist measures imposed by the West.
By early December, the Vienna negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program should have resumed. Their success, however, is by no means guaranteed. In fact, not even a continuation of the talks into 2022 can be taken for granted. The alternatives to diplomacy, though, are bleak.
After a decade of popular uprisings and civil wars, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is experiencing a deep governance crisis. The transformation, weakening or even the collapse of state institutions has changed the security framework, with direct implications for processes of Security Sector Governance and Reform (SSG/R).
Il multilateralismo si trova davanti a una sfida epocale: per non diventare anacronisitico, dovrà adattarsi al mutato contesto globale.
La strada vero la neutralità climatica è ancora lunga. E passa inevitabilmente attraverso l'uso dei fossili nel breve periodo.
L'economia turca attraversa una fase di profonda difficoltà e riflette la collocazione internazionale di Erdogan. Tensioni con gli USA e un'ambigua vicinanza a Mosca.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed insights on the most significant developments in the MENA region, bringing together unique opinions on the topic and reliable foresight on future scenarios. Today, we turn the spotlight on the future of the JCPOA, as delegates of signatory countries agreed to sit at the negotiating table in Vienna once again after a months-long impasse following the Iranian government’s transition.
Dopo cinque mesi di pausa, sono ripresi oggi a Vienna i negoziati sull'accordo nucleare iraniano.
Cinque mesi in cui l’Iran è passato dalla presidenza moderata di Rouhani a quella del conservatore Raisi. E così il round di questi giorni potrebbe sancire un sostanziale reset nelle trattative, disattendendo le speranze americane ed europee di riprendere i colloqui da dove si erano interrotti.
The unfolding humanitarian and political crisis in Ethiopia has left many observers pessimistic about the likelihood of an inclusive and peaceful solution to the protracted conflict. After months of fighting between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s central government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the Ethiopian state is at real risk of collapse.