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Democracy will worsen in 2019 and 2020

Globally, democracy has been retreating now for more than a decade...

The US and its trade "prisoner's dilemma"

In the Trump administration’s first year, the US pulled out of both the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the International Climate Agreement. It also began renegotiating, and threatened to withdraw from, the North American Free Trade Agreement...

Germany must assume more leadership on global economic issues

German complacency on issues of international and domestic economic management is becoming a threat to the country’s economic future and to containing tensions in trade caused by the rise of China in the East and of populism in the West. The most urgent priority is to address China’s mercantilist challenge to the global trade system embodied in the World Trade Organization (WTO)...

The reasons behind nuclear weapons’ revival

In recent years, the issue of nuclear weapons has received greater attention because of developments concerning Russia, Iran, North Korea, and possibly Saudi Arabia...

La penetrazione turca in Africa: un trend solido che durerà

Il presidente turco Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accompagnato da un centinaio di uomini d’affari e dai ministri di Economia, Esteri, Energia, Commercio, Agricoltura e Cultura/Turismo, ha intrapreso di recente una visita ufficiale che ha toccato vari punti dell’Africa occidentale: Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal e Mali...

The Chinese presence in Africa: pure economic geopolitics

Since his election in 2013, President Xi Jinping made it clear that China would have a say in African development over the coming decades. In fact, from peace processes to infrastructures, and from security affairs to aid, China’s investments in Africa are no longer a geopolitical mystery. Western powers are worried about the long-term effect of such a grandiose strategy...

A French Processing Centre in Niger: The first step towards extraterritorial processing of asylum claims or (just) good old resettlement?

When The New York Times made headlines in the migration world with its recent article “At French Outpost in African Migrant Hub, Asylum for a Select Few” about the French refugee agency’s role in the UNHCR humanitarian evacuation scheme, it was not long before the magi...

Foreign policy after Italy’s elections: a major test for the winners

 Down with the liberal world order, thus down with Germany. Long live Trump's America, and Putin's OK too. Italy is better off siding with distant great powers than with its neighboring European ones: It will have fewer constraints and greater freedom of action...

Will Putin 4.0 look to the Eurasian Economic Union?

As Vladimir Putin enters what seems likely to be his final term as president of the Russian Federation, there’s a sense that domestic politics will figure more prominently than the emphasis on foreign policy that defined much of the last five years...

Vladimir Putin and his legacy project

Now that Vladimir Putin has won his fourth presidential mandate to little surprise, two dates will determine the long-time leader’s intentions for the near future of Russia and for Putin’s personal legacy...