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A background on Nigeria and its oil

Nigeria is one of the many countries in Africa with a wide variety of natural resources. The Nigerian government lists all public-owned sites where raw materials are extracted...

Digital disruption and manufacturing transformation: an Italian case study

An issue of paramount importance for the future of the Italian economy is the long-term resilience of manufacturing – in particular in the regions of the North-West (the primary locus of the country’s early industrialization) and North-East (the primary locus of industrialization in the 1980s and 1990s). These areas comprise Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and “Triveneto” – i.e...

Diminishing returns: the relative decline of Russia’s pipeline power

When considering EU energy security, big pipelines get most of the ink. NordStream II, TurkStream, and the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) are the focal points for arguments about EU efforts to diversify natural gas supplies...

American gas is going global - can it also go green?

The past decade has seen a tremendous transformation in the U.S. natural gas landscape. During the Administration of George W. Bush, the U.S. was expected to be on an inextricable upward trajectory of natural gas import demand, with some analysts projecting that as many as 13 liquified natural gas (LNG) import facilities would be needed to supply the country...

Tunisia: master of its own weakness

For more than a year now, Tunisia has been ruled by the government headed by Youssef Chahed, sworn in on August 16, 2016 with 167 votes in favor, 22 against and five abstentions. Two of the priorities set by the Prime Minister are the war on terrorism and the fight against corruption...

Deradicalization plans for returning jihadists: the case of Tunisia

In late September 2017, the Tunisian government announced its aim to deradicalize the 2,000-2,500 returning Tunisians who fought alongside the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq and Libya. How the program will work and whether it will be successful is largely unknown...

Why Donald Trump is the most successful president in nearly a century

Donald Trump is the most successful president in nearly a century...

The Egypt-Hamas deal: a piece of the changing regional puzzle

On October 13, 2017, Hamas and Fatah signed the “Palestinian reconciliation agreement” in Cairo. The deal was brokered by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and high-level officials from the General Intelligence Directorate, an agency with a key role in Egyptian security...

Government crisis in Germany – what happened and what’s next?

In the last two months, there have been a series of firsts in Germany – and the trend seems to continue. It was the first time the Social Democrats (SPD) fell to 20% since the foundation of a modern democracy in Germany. It was also the first time the Christian Democrats (CDU with its sister party CSU) secured only 33% of the votes since 1949...

Competing narratives and the Saudi-Iranian cleavage

The Middle East is at a new turning point as a consequence of a “mysterious situation”, as described by Lebanese President Michel Aoun, involving the Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri on the occasion of a prolonged visit to Riyadh and the mounting war of declarations between Saudi Arabia and Iran...