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Senegal’s Presidential Elections: a Test to the Country’s Democratic Credentials

Mayecor Sar | Posted : April 18, 2019

The author is an alumnus of the 2015 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program

On the 2nd of April 2019, Macky Sall was sworn in as President of the Republic of Senegal for a second five year term, after scoring a resounding 58.7% victory in the first round of the country’s elections. This solemn official ceremony has brought to a close the bitter contest that opposed the President to four challengers that included two former government ministers (Idrissa Seck and Madicke Niang), a local social media sensation (Ousmane Sonko) and a university professor (Issa Sall).    

Neither Demonic Tyranny Nor Heroic Workers Paradise

Helmut Sorge | Posted : April 16, 2019

So much hope: Expectations, anticipation, and promises. So many emotions: Excitement, sentiment, and joy. Mild winds caressing leaves of palm trees, moving in the stimulating rhythm of rumba, possibly salsa. The dancing bodies in harmony with the Caribbean mood. Happiness despite misery. Laughter overwhelming fear. Barack Obama visiting Cuba. Rain and tears unite, pomp unmatched by the Pope visiting the island some years earlier, enthusiasm pure. An Afro-American President is willing to end the Cold War.

The Rise of Right Wing Populism in Europe : the case of Spain

Aleksandra Chmielewska | Posted : April 15, 2019

The author is an alumna of the 2018 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program

The success of a Spanish far right party, Vox, wining 12 seats as a result of the regional elections in Andalucía, made the headlines in December 2018. The triumph of Vox was even more remarkable, as the party has gained 395.879 votes, in comparison to 18.017 received in 2015 elections. Marie Le Pen and Geert Wilders, leaders of other European far right parties rushed to congratulate Santiago Abascal, one of the founder and current leader of Vox. Since the end of dictatorship of Franco in 1975, far right political parties and movements did not have a significant public support. What has therefore led to such an exponential growth?

“A Dangerous Global Power Struggle”

Helmut Sorge | Posted : April 02, 2019

Donald Trump finally has met a strongman he does not like. After making friends with authoritarian figures around the world, in Beijing, Budapest and Moscow, Ankara, Riyadh, Cairo and Manila or Jerusalem .He even fell in love with Kim Jong un, the dictator in North Korea, who’ s self righteousness borders the pathological narcissism of Donald Trump, who doesn’t mind that his love had his uncle executed and his brother poisoned. Trump is not wavering in the defense of Mohamed bin Salman , the crown prince of Saudi Arabia either, who has been accused that he at least tolerated the murder of the “Washington Post” columnist Jamal Kashoggi. Trump just said about the accusations :” May be he did, may be he didn’t.”. The CIA, his spies, came to a different conclusion? So what ? The President did not answer Congress about his knowledge of the case, as he is obliged by law. End of story.

Djibouti, au centre des jeux d’influence

Sara Mokaddem | Posted : March 11, 2019

Indépendant depuis seulement 1977, Djibouti, jeune République de moins d'un million d'habitants, s’est transformé en un acteur régional doté d’un poids stratégique et commercial considérable.

Bordé par l’Érythrée, au Nord, par l’Ethiopie, à l’Ouest, et par la Somalie, au Sud-est, sa frontière maritime orientale jouxte la mer Rouge et le golfe d’Aden. Ainsi, situé sur le détroit de Bab el Mandeb, d’une largeur de seulement 19km, Djibouti offre un positionnement privilégié afin d’observer et de sécuriser ce quatrième plus important passage maritime pour l’approvisionnement énergétique mondial, principalement celui de la Chine. La récente expansion chinoise dans cette porte de l’Afrique, tant au niveau économique que militaire, constitue un signe annonciateur d’un nouvel ordre mondial, pouvant faire de Djibouti un point de conflit majeur dans une nouvelle course des puissances pour le continent.

Le mouvement des gilets jaunes : « Un printemps Français » ?

Helmut Sorge , Jean Zaganiaris | Posted : March 04, 2019

« Blocages », « Crise politique », « émeutes », « révolution ». Jean-Luc Mélenchon, le député du parti La France insoumise, a parlé « d’une insurrection citoyenne » à propos des gilets jaunes. Comment peut-on définir, aujourd’hui, les auteurs de ce mouvement qui occupent les espaces publics ? Menacent-ils la démocratie ? Sont-ils aussi inédits que le prétendent la plupart des commentateurs ? Quelles seront les conséquences de ces manifestations sur la scène internationale ?

Helmut Sorge, auteur et ancien correspondant à la Maison Blanche, et Jean Zaganiaris, enseignant chercheur à l’EGE Rabat, UM6P, débattent de ce sujet d’actualité. Le premier a vécu les événements de Mai 68, en France, le second a publié des chroniques sur le mouvement des gilets jaunes et se trouvait régulièrement en France entre le 17 novembre 2018 et fin janvier 2019.

L’ordre international se joue au Sud.

Youssef Tobi | Posted : February 28, 2019

Le Caire semble avoir les moyens de ses ambitions. A la tête de l’Union africaine, depuis le 10 février 2019, dans le cadre de la présidence tournante de l’Organisation panafricaine, impliquée dans les- grandes questions régionales, et forte de la confiance d’alliés puissants, l’Egypte reprend un leadership dans la région, longtemps souhaité.

How Civil Society at Davos is making sure no one gets left behind

Lisa Ventura , Acting Head of Civil Society Communities, World Economic Forum | Posted : February 26, 2019

In 2019, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos convened under the theme of “Globalization 4.0”, highlighting the need for a renewed global governance system that will leave no one behind. The perspectives of civil society were crucial to make the meeting meaningful and inclusive. My role as Acting Head of Civil Society Communities is to ensure leaders from NGOs, unions, faith-based organizations and religious groups leverage the Forum platform to advocate for sustainable and diverse societies and strengthen their role in public-private cooperation as well as come prepared with a crisp message to highlight societal issues on the global agenda.