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Renewable Energies and Mediterranean Energy Cooperation

Luigi Carafa | Tue, 10 March 2015

This podcast is performed by Luigi Carafa. This tele-briefing will focus on renewable energy cooperation in the Mediterranean, pointing out some lessons learned in the last five years as well as the challenges ahead at national and regional level.
In this Virtual Brief, Luigi Carafa discussed policy, market, and governance pertaining to the Renewable Energy industry in the MENA region. The main points of his presentation are the following:

- Energy demand has been growing steadily in the Middle East-about 70% increase;
- The Energy demand CHALLENGES cannot be faced alone;
* Reduction of power losses
* Financial challenges
* Very high upfront costs/substantial initial investment
* Challenges call for regional and international cooperation;
* Policy and politics dichotomy creates a governance gap that should be overcome for the renewable energy industry to flourish;
* Policy refers to national planning-Investment in renewable requires suitable policy
* Access to cooperation refers to politics
- The way to overcome the policy and politics dichotomy is cooperation;
- Cooperation structures include;
* Cooperation over technical aspect, that should happen in such structures as the neighborhood policy between Europe and North Africa, as well as through South-South cooperation
* Industrial cooperation that would serve the purpose of changing business strategies and proposed business models, eventually leading to diversification of strategies
* Political cooperation in order to leverage into financial assistance
- Idea between renewable energy politics:
* Trade electricity from Morocco to other regions
* Have Spain be fully connected to the European continent, as it is now isolated
* Experiment with electricity transfers from Morocco to Spain
- Political will needs to be transformed into concrete results, and this happens through policy on the one hand, with sound public policy and a creation of the right conditions to enable that, and politics on the other, focused on creating several levels of cooperation around the betterment of the renewable energy sector.

Promoting Stability and Development in Africa: How to Foster Cooperation Between EU and AU?

Nicoletta Pirozzi | Thu, 12 February 2015

This podcast is performed by Nicoletta Pirozzi. The briefing will address the results of the 2014 Africa-EU Summit by looking at the challenges facing both the European Union and the African Union in promoting stability and development in the African continent. In particular, it will tackle the current debates around the 2007 Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) and its implementation phase (2014-2015), including the opportunities of cooperation with the United States and other relevant international actors, also in the private sector, to foster economic development, improve governance and promote peace and security

India’s Foreign Policy

Dhruva Jaishankar | Thu, 18 December 2014

This podcast is performed by Dhruva Jaishankar. India has had several stages to its foreign policy since its independence. This included active international engagements in the 1950s, isolations and regional rivalries in the 1960s, closer cooperation with the Soviet Union in the 1970s, and gradually closer relations with the United States beginning in the late 1990s. Today, India’s foreign policy can be characterized primarily by a quest for security, for economic development, and for autonomy of action. India also seeks greater influence in multilateral forums, whether the United Nations, BRICS, or G20. The three most important bilateral relationships are with the United States, Pakistan, and China. Relations with important smaller actors (Singapore, Israel, and South Korea), complex ties in the Middle East (with Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Israel), and major secondary powers (Japan, Europe, Australia, Brazil, Russia). New trends are radically changing India’s international engagements. New priorities include sourcing foreign direct investment and utilizing India’s large and wealthy diaspora. This also means that new actors - including businesses, NGOs, and the media - are influencing foreign policy in novel ways.

Des émergents au défi du « retour de la géopolitique » - Regards croisés économiques et géopolitiques

TV Program, Policy Center for the New South | Tue, 02 December 2014

A l’occasion de la table ronde organisée en partenariat avec l’IFRI sur le défi du retour des pays émergents sur la scène géopolitique tenue le mardi 02 décembre 2014 à Policy Center for the New South, intervenants et experts se sont réunis pour discuter du rapport entre émergence et puissance pour les cas chinois et russe avant d’examiner les stratégies de la croissance économique turque. Les intervenants nous livrent ici des regards croisés et une réflexion sur l’articulation émergence/comportement géopolitique avec des focus sur des pays spécifiques. Ont participé à cette émission, Uri DADUSH, Associé Principal au Carnegie Endowment for International Peace et Senior Visiting Fellow à Policy Center for the New South, Karim EL AYNAOUI, Directeur Général d’Policy Center for the New South, Thomas GOMART, Directeur du développement stratégique à l’Ifri, Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN, Responsable du Programme Russie/NEI à l’Ifri, Françoise NICOLAS, Directrice du Centre Asie à l’Ifri, Abdallah SAAF, Politologue, Professeur et ancien ministre de l'Education nationale et Tania SOLLOGOUB, Senior Economist au Crédit Agricole.

China and Emerging Economies

Andrew Small | Mon, 01 December 2014

This podcast is performed by Andrew Small. This podcast addresses a series of macro-trends the Chinese economy has been experiencing these past years. It also presents China’s relationship to various emerging markets, and more broadly, the country’s relationship to the global economy as it is shifting at the moment. This brief identifies major developments that stand from China’s internal economic development as it affects some important trends from the global economy, and their impact on emerging markets. It hence explores how the adopted political strategy fits together with broader macroeconomic developments.