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The US-China trade truce: a time-out or a possible armistice?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : December 06, 2018

The trade truce between the United States and China, announced after the dinner of the presidents of the two countries in Buenos Aires on Saturday after the G20 meeting, must be assessed in accordance to three different motivations that can be attributed to President Trump as reasons for starting the war. Although special attention has been given to immediate implications of the truce for the global macroeconomic environment and its impact on financial markets, it is important to keep in sight what it will take to become either a short time-out or a step to armistice.

“MED Dialogues” 2018: Quel système international pour notre monde ?

Youssef Tobi | Posted : December 03, 2018

Pour leur 4ème édition, tenue du 22 au 24 novembre 2018 à Rome, en Italie, pays initiateur de l’événement, les Dialogues méditerranéens (Med Dialogues) ont réuni une pléiade d’acteurs de la scène internationale : Ministres, dirigeants d’Organisations internationales, diplomates, académiciens, hommes d’affaires…

Trump and his Friends (Part 1)

Helmut Sorge | Posted : December 03, 2018


In a review about the novel, Night of Camp David, published by the New York Times in 1965, a critic called the book “too plausible for comfort.” Nineteen sixty-five, ironically, was the same year that the “American congress passed the 25th Amendment, which provides a mechanism for removing a president who is deemed unfit to serve,” as reminded Alexandra Alter in the NYT article. An unknown writer, a high-ranking advisor of the present president of the United States, not long ago, published - on the opinion page of the New York Times - an article in which he confirmed that some Trump advisors had discussed the probability that they would have to activate the 25th Amendment against their boss.

Poutine et la campagne d’Afrique

Mehdi Benomar | Posted : November 25, 2018

Lors du Forum Russie-Afrique, tenu récemment à Moscou, le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères, Sergey Lavrov, a souligné que les relations entre son pays et ses partenaires africains ne seront pas “impactées par des facteurs extérieurs”.

Venant du chef de la diplomatie russe depuis  2004, la formule peut paraître courte mais, à demi-mot, elle est porteuse de la détermination de Moscou de renforcer sa présence en Afrique, surtout que le forum de Moscou s’est tenu en préparation du premier sommet de chefs d’Etat Russie-Afrique, prévu en 2019.

A plus large échelle, le retour de Moscou en Afrique s’associe à une dynamique clivante de l’action du pouvoir russe : critiquée pour la méthode, la recette du président Poutine est appréciée en coulisse, en Afrique et même par certains cercles diplomatiques occidentaux, ‘’traumatisés’’ par la dégradation incontrôlée de leurs relations avec l’administration Trump.

War is Peace

Helmut Sorge | Posted : November 23, 2018


The term “Orwellian,” the descriptive of totalitarianism or authoritarian repression has entered the language of literature with many of its neologisms, including “Big Brother,” “thought police,” double think,” “un person,” “face crime,” and “thought crime.” George Orwell, the British author, had a sinister, utopian vision of the world, himself obviously disappointed by Marxist theories, communist dictators, or his experience during the Spanish civil war (where he was wounded), fascinated, almost obsessed, by the abandonment of the poor masses, which Orwell described and deplored in his writings.

European Commitment in the Development-Security Nexus in Africa: Does the European Union practice what it preaches?

Bouchra Rahmouni | Posted : November 22, 2018

Nowadays, links between development and security are widely recognized by many, just as they were during the development of the Marshall Plan. As mentioned in the United Nations "A More Secure World" report, threats to one are intrinsically a threat to all. Thus, 17 UN-agreed goals were agreed upon to help end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030, including goal 16 for "peaceful and inclusive societies".

Trois Questions à Riccardo Maia, Chef de Bureau de la Minusma à Tombouctou “Parler d’échec est injuste’’

Lemine Ould M. Salem | Posted : November 12, 2018

C’est l’opération de maintien de la paix la plus meurtrière de l’histoire. Installée en juin 2013, la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations unies pour la stabilisation au Mali (Minusma) a déjà perdu près de 200 personnes. L’application des dispositions de l’accord de paix signé en 2015 entre le gouvernement malien et les groupes rebelles du Nord marque un grand retard. Pendant ce temps, l’insécurité, longtemps contenue à la seule partie septentrionale du pays, se répand au centre. Chef de bureau de la Minusma à Tombouctou, Riccardo Maia dresse le bilan de cinq ans de présence des Casques bleus onusiens au Mali.

“Wir Schaffen Das” (We Can Manage)

Helmut Sorge | Posted : November 06, 2018


She is modest. Powerful. Thoughtful. The most influential politician of Europe, no, in the world, as US magazine Time stated in a cover story, declaring the German as “person of the year” — in 2015. Often this powerful woman does her grocery shopping without a bodyguard, and only really dresses up for one annual gala, the Wagner-festival in Bayreuth. She enjoys opera, a sharp contrast to her speeches. Richard Wagner, the composer is loud and confusing, sinister and bombastic. His opera, “Parsifal” for example, may take five hours, a great joy for Angela Merkel, who also enjoys football games and is not hesitating to follow the players of the national team directly into their changing room after the match. Last July, she went to see “Tristan and Isolde.” Her dress was as green as the trees in the northeastern Italian Dolomites Mountains, where she often goes tracking with her husband, who is as discreet as a ghost.