Andrea Lapegna

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Andrea Lapegna

Andrea Lapegna is a graduate from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, with a Master's thesis on the involvement of civil society in international institutions. In the past, he has interned in two different UN agencies, and has also worked in international cooperation and for development NGOs. He currently lives in Brussels, where he works as Communications Officer.

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African fallout of a rift in the Gulf

It is easy to see how widely the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and the Saudi-led coalition has spread. Medium- and long-term effects will resonate far beyond the Arabian peninsula, affecting the diplomatic (and hence economic) relations of third countries that are not linked at first glance with the giant oil producers ...

Nigeria, the fragile giant and its challenges

Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa, is faced with more questions now than in the past few years, as several issues have moved higher up the political agenda. The country is in its second consecutive year of recession, mainly due to the low oil price on international markets...

Regional terrorism in West Africa and the Sahel connections

Long before Western colonization, it was merchants from the Maghreb that brought Islam to West Africa. Since the ninth century, it has spread widely and now the region is home to some of the largest concentrations of believers in the continent. In some countries, such as Mauritania and Mali, up to 90% of the population practices Islam...

Urbanization in Central Africa: contradictions and challenges

“There are no wealthy countries that are not urbanized, but there are plenty of urbanized countries that are not wealthy.” This eloquent phrasing by urban analysts Joseph Parilla and Alan Berube gives adequate context to the phenomenon of urbanization in Central Africa...

Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa: anti-terrorism and migration

Eastern Africa does not rhyme with wealth, development, or peace. Ethiopia is currently on the edge because of its oppressive regime. Somalia has become the first case study - and benchmark - for every potential failed state in the world and is now more abandoned than ever by the international community...

The debate on international development aid: a learning process

The effort of the international community to eradicate poverty and help development in the so-called “third world” has been a constant since the outset of the United Nations in 1945. It has materialized in the form of decolonization, first-aid assistance and in the shape of private international cooperation, but it has also involved the financial sphere...

The South Sudanese civil war: local factors and the flows of people, arms and money

In every corner of the world, wars are shaping politics, economies and, most of all, societies - the effects growing bigger when impoverished countries are at stake. South Sudan is currently living one of its most tragic moments since it gained independence in 2011. The country is being wrecked by a deadly civil war that has been ongoing for over a year now...

Il fragile assetto del Sudan del Sud e i tentativi di pacificazione

Il Sudan del Sud è lo Stato più giovane del pianeta, ma la sua breve storia si è già tinta dei colori di una cruenta guerra civile. Il referendum del luglio 2011 aveva fatto credere che dopo 50 anni attraversati proprio da guerre civili la regione potesse finalmente vivere una pace insperata. Separati e divisi, con un nuovo Stato a Sud, ma senza più guerre fratricide...

Ethnic integration and economic growth: Cameroon, Gabon and Kenya

If we think of African history after colonialism, a number of civil wars and social conflicts come to mind. Inevitably, those conflicts are reduced to ethnic disputes: Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Nigeria, Sudan and most of all Rwanda are blatant examples of how different groups in the same nation can originate conflicts...

Repubblica Democratica del Congo: i capitoli recenti di un conflitto pluridecennale

Nonostante gli equilibri interni della Repubblica Democratica del Congo (RDC) siano tra i più rilevanti per l'intera regione centrafricana, lo spazio accordato dai media mondiali agli eventi che hanno segnato la sorte del paese rimane molto limitato. Qui si è consumato, nell’ultimo anno e mezzo, uno dei conflitti più cruenti che l'Africa abbia mai conosciuto...