After the Third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit: a new stage in Turkey-Africa relations

By Mert Can Yazici Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst  Towards the end of 2021, the Third Turkey-Africa Summit, which had been postponed for two years, was held in Istanbul. The two-day Summit was portrayed by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a new phase in Turkey-Africa relations which has gained significant momentum in recent years. [i]Continue reading “After the Third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit: a new stage in Turkey-Africa relations”

Why we should consider negotiating with terrorist organisations

By Natalie Domaas Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst Over the past 20 years it has become increasingly common for countries to list non-state armed groups (NSAG) as terrorist organisations. The logic behind this move is to make it easier for countries and international bodies to sanction these groups, however this trend is having an adverse effect onContinue reading “Why we should consider negotiating with terrorist organisations”

Pandemic fatigue and the recent protest against new Covid-19 restrictions

By Jennifer Bergman Europe Analyst  A month ago, European countries started implementing new restrictions aimed at tackling a recent surge in cases. This sparked a wave of protests across several big European cities, populations that just last year tolerated restrictions such as curfews and lockdowns are now outraged at the prospect of another round. InContinue reading “Pandemic fatigue and the recent protest against new Covid-19 restrictions”

A critical perspective of Net-Zero

By Jose Luis Resendiz Latin America Analyst Net-Zero concept emerged after the international community accepted the need to maintain the global rise of temperature below 2°C. For this purpose, CO2 emissions must be zero by 2050, and all the other GHG must do it by 2067, according to the IPCC. Then, the Net-Zero concept meansContinue reading “A critical perspective of Net-Zero”

COP26: a weak deal completely ignoring climate justice

By Nick Gutkin Sustainability Analyst After dominating news headlines over the past two weeks, the much hyped 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) on Climate Change has concluded in Glasgow. As the most important climate change conference since Paris in 2015, this COP represented the year that countries were supposed to tighten their commitments to decreasingContinue reading “COP26: a weak deal completely ignoring climate justice”

Ghana: Expat Ivory Towers – An exclusive on the ground report

Expat Ivory Towers – Neocolonialism in Contemporary Ghana By Gretel Cuevas Verdin Latin America Analyst If one goes to a restaurant or an apartment building in the luxurious area of Cantonments or Airport Residential in Accra, the capital of Ghana, something that surprises is that the majority of people there are foreigners. Although the waitersContinue reading “Ghana: Expat Ivory Towers – An exclusive on the ground report”

Bulgaria’s third election of 2021: more of the same?

By CJ Stowell Southeast Europe Analyst On November 14th, Bulgaria will be holding its third election of 2021. While President Rumen Radev will almost certainly remain in office, a new contender may make the parliamentary race and the subsequent coalition negotiations more interesting. New parties may not lead to new solutions, and it’s possible thatContinue reading “Bulgaria’s third election of 2021: more of the same?”

The US’ ‘Strategic Failure’ in Afghanistan: 20 years in the making

By Ian Teunissen van Manen North America Analyst  When the US completed the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan on August 30th, 2021, it officially ended the US’ “longest war” (Parkin & Williams, 2021). However, this was not something that was entirely deserving of celebration- the withdrawal was messy, chaotic, and ultimately was not successfulContinue reading “The US’ ‘Strategic Failure’ in Afghanistan: 20 years in the making”

Why is Niger gaining increasing international attention?

By Mert Can Yazici Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst  Poverty, widespread illiteracy, lack of infrastructure, terrorism, food insecurity, environmental degradation… These are just a few of the problems Niger is facing today. The landlocked West African country consistently ranks at the bottom of the UN Human Development Indexes.[i] Recently, however, Niger has come to the fore notContinue reading “Why is Niger gaining increasing international attention?”

Increasing pressure: the limited confrontation of Tajikistan and the Taliban (for now?)

By Turan Gafarli Russia & FSU Analyst The radical change in Afghanistan failed to bring immediate global recognition for the Taliban. Even its neighbours are highly sceptical about the revival of the Islamist regime and preserving their distance to engage in cooperation.  The situation creates dangers for the region’s stability which is under question moreContinue reading “Increasing pressure: the limited confrontation of Tajikistan and the Taliban (for now?)”