The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed comments on the MENA region’s most significant issues and trends. Today, we turn the spotlight on Tunisia, where the ongoing political crisis has intensified after President Kais Saied dissolved the Parliament, which had been frozen since July. This move has further plunged the country into political turmoil and stoked fears of a nascent autocracy.
L’Iraq inizia il 2022 alle prese con uno degli ostacoli più difficili nel suo processo politico: la formazione di un nuovo esecutivo. Dopo mesi di contestazioni sui risultati elettorali da parte delle fazioni politiche più sfavorite del voto, il 27 dicembre la Corte suprema federale irachena ha finalmente ratificato i risultati delle elezioni, sancendo l’inizio ufficiale del processo di formazione dei principali organi politici dello stato.
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 focus on the Islamic State's recent activity in Syria and Iraq. The latest attack on a prison in northeast Syria is perhaps the most sophisticated operation launched by the group since 2019. Therefore, it raises concerns about the possible resurgence of IS in the region.
Il premier al Kadhimi scampa ad un attentato: droni armati colpiscono la sua residenza. Ma l’obiettivo è ribaltare il risultato delle elezioni.
La vita professionale di Colin Powell, morto lunedì 18 ottobre a 84 anni, ha attraversato quasi cinquant’anni di storia politica e militare degli Stati Uniti, dall’entrata in servizio come sottotenente alla fine degli anni Cinquanta all’approdo alla Segreteria di Stato, durante il primo mandato presidenziale di George W. Bush (2001-2005).
On October 10th 2021 Iraq held its fifth parliamentary election since 2003. The vote took place in the midst of a number of crises and ongoing attempts in Baghdad and Erbil to address the country’s socio-economic crisis, which has been compounded by the decline in oil prices, the Covid-19 pandemic, geopolitical rivalries, and the uncertainty surrounding the future of U.S. troops in Iraq.
There is no shortage in economic literature on the importance of economic diversification for healthy, resilient, and sustainable growth, and numerous real case studies support such recommendation. Put simply, a country that puts ‘its eggs in one basket’ is at the mercy of exogenous factors that go beyond any government control, thereby undermining ‘prospects for longer-term economic growth’, as put by the World Bank.
Eighteen years since the regime change in Iraq, and sixteen since the Iraqi constitution was passed, the constitutional framework of relations between the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) remains unfulfilled. Baghdad-Erbil relations are not defined by a constitutional legal framework, but rather by a frequently shifting balance of power.
We are approaching an energy inflection point in the global economy: plentiful oil supply, a demand plateau by 2030, and more competitive renewable-energy options, even as investors and consumers grow leerier of carbon-intensive products. Oil producers’ future in the Gulf is still one in which oil revenues fail to meet growth goals of governments, with a knock-on effect on job expectations for citizens.
The magnitude of the crisis facing Iraq cannot be understated: a youth bulge, sagging growth rates, and economic pressure have combined with the pre-eminence of militia groups and their systematic atrocities, and a rise in geopolitical tensions. Iraq faces a potential moment of reckoning following its make-or-break parliamentary elections this month; the low voter turnout, estimated at 41 percent (at the time of writing), reflects a trend that has seen turnout shrink with each passing election. The Iraqi state faces an unprecedented crisis of legitimacy.