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The caliphate Declared Bankcruptcy, Islamic State is going Global

Helmut Sorge | Posted : June 12, 2019

The illusion ended in an agricultural hamlet, a forgotten place in Eastern Syria named Baghuz Al-Fawqan. A fantasy, the resurrection of Islamic greatness and rules of a caliphate, known thirteen hundred years ago, reduced to a junkyard, a sober, disturbing, memorial of betrayal and misapprehension.  Publicly the self-appointed caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghadi, did not order his fighters to resist to the end, accept the fate of martyrs, promised to ascent to   paradise.  1300 IS fanatics fought to death, sacrificing themselves in and around Baghuz, 1.5 square miles of savagery, a minor Stalingrad near the desert. During the final hours of the assault, the sky was brightly lit, and napalm, bombs, rockets hit the area with such ferocious precision and devastation that CNN war reporter Ben Wedeman concluded,” it is hard to imagine anyone is still alive”.

From ‘Rule of Law’ to ‘Law of the Jungle’: Global Trade seen through Twitter

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : June 10, 2019

This article was originally published on Center for Macroeconomics and development's website

Friday night, US President Donald Trump announced by Twitter that he would suspend the implementation of tariffs on Mexican imports, which would start with 5% on Monday, June 10, to reach 25% in October. A signed agreement between the two countries, also confirmed by Twitter by Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard, would have included Mexican government’s commitments to take “strong measures” to “reduce – or eliminate – illegal immigration to the United States,” in Trump’s words.

Will the Multilateral Trading System Survive?

Uri Dadush | Posted : June 03, 2019

In a recent brief, titled” The Crisis in World Trade”, my co-authors and I conclude that whether we still have a rules-based system a few years from now depends on the answer to three questions: Can the WTO be revitalized? Is protectionism in the United States a temporary aberration? Will China reform and fit the liberal economic order? If the answer to these three questions is yes, the system will likely endure. If the answer is no, we will return to the power based non system that we had up to around 1950.

Gender equality and the African Union: From Development to Policy Change?

Naakoshie Mills | Posted : May 31, 2019

The author is an alumnus of the 2016 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program

People centered development is the crux of the African Union’s (AU) new Agenda 2063 initiative. Its overall goal is a Pan African transformation and development of its member countries, while reframing the continent’s presence on the global stage. Fortunately, women’s equality is one of its aims, addressing discrimination, gender-based violence, and empowerment, to name a few. As developed nations like the United States and France still struggle to elect a female head of state, ten African countries have already done so, demonstrating that women’s leadership and inclusion has a historical precedent for many Africans. In many ways, the Agenda also mirrors the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, demonstrating African leaders’ determination for progress in the 21st century and beyond. The question remains, what is the impact of furthering women’s representation and leadership in the AU on actual lived experiences of African women?

EU democracy is alive and well as the battle for Europe’s top jobs starts

Thomas Richter | Posted : May 27, 2019

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

As European citizens wake up on Monday morning, democracy is alive and well in Europe. Voter turnout increased to 50,5% compared to with 42,6% in 2014, the highest for two decades as voters across the continent responded to the populist threat.

Terrorisme au Sahel : le verrou Burkinabé ne doit pas sauter

Abdelhak Bassou | Posted : May 23, 2019

Un enlèvement au Bénin

Le 1er de ce mois de mai, alors qu’éclatent au Bénin des violences au sujet des résultats des élections, deux touristes français sont enlevés au parc de Pendjari, au Nord-ouest du pays, à proximité des frontières avec le Burkina Faso.

Trois jours, plus tard, les autorités béninoises confirment l’enlèvement et soulignent la découverte, dans le cadre de l’enquête, du corps d’un homme qui s’avérera, par la suite, être celui du guide béninois des touristes enlevés.

Poverty reduction in Brazil… partially gone with the cycle

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : May 21, 2019

Throughout my last 15 years working in multilateral institutions, many times around the world I was asked to speak about the success of poverty reduction in Brazil during the new millennium. Last week, someone who was on such an occasion in October 2013 in Nairobi asked me what my numbers had become after these recent years of precarious macroeconomic performance and high unemployment in the country. I replied that they have changed ... in part!

A bubbling tide of chest beating jingoistic nationalists

Helmut Sorge | Posted : May 20, 2019

The year 1912. The ocean liner “Titanic” was a technical wonder of the world. At least for the British. The unsinkable pride of the “White Star Fleet”, built in Northern Ireland, made to board 3511 passengers and crew. In the early hours of April 15th, 1912, the glory on the sea hit an iceberg, nature   displayed the fragility of progress and technology.  A tragedy. Realizing his  time had come, too soon but  nevertheless, Wallace Hartley, an onboard band leader, chose the  appropriate  religious hymn for the tragic occasion, “Nearer my God to Thee”, to play one last time on his violin, a splendid gift by his fiancée. Then he was hauled by the icy water into the unimaginable depth of the ocean, never realizing that he was transforming into a figure of history.

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