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The End of the Human Race ?

Helmut Sorge | Posted : July 24, 2019


Poker is a game for real men, cowboys, for example, ocean divers, stunt men, gambling away their meager pay. Poker is America, as oversized as trucks, egos and steaks. A gambler’s paradise. 24/24. Drinks on the house, a discount for the bridal suite. Poker made its way from quaint southern New Orleans to the rough west, where gold diggers gambled away fortunes, and settlers risked their wagons and horses for a game of cards. Decades ago, I met a descendent of this wild bunch in Las Vegas, Johnny Moss, the greatest poker player of our time, as his biographer Don Jenkins wrote in his “Champion of Champions” (1981). Moss was as pale as a hospital sheet, because most of his time he worked under neon lights. The gambler had a room upstairs in “Binion’ s Horseshoe Saloon”, which Moss only ever left when he was challenged for a golf game - 50 000 dollar for one hole. Or 100 000. He played with his professional poker rivals, who were buddies as well, Pug Pearson for example, or Doyle Brunson.

Knowledge production for the Africa we want

Rumbidzai Chisenga | Posted : July 23, 2019


The author is an alumna of the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program 2017

“Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 13.5% of the global population but less than 1% of global research output” – this is according to a 2018 research article co-authored by eight Vice Chancellors of African universities. The state of knowledge production in sub Saharan Africa is sobering to say the least, and even more so in light of the bold ambitions the continent has for the future, ambitions such as Agenda 2063. Achieving such aspirations requires the deployment of well informed and skilfully managed strategies, in complex and dynamic socio-economic and geopolitical contexts that interact with a myriad of other ecosystems. The importance of research to support efforts to transform the continent cannot be overstated. Yet, in 2008, the number of papers that were published from the entire sub Saharan Africa region matched that contributed by The Netherlands alone.

Turkey: An Election with Major Consequences

Helmut Sorge | Posted : July 17, 2019


In Turkey, Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu decisively won the rerun of the mayoral election in Istanbul last weekend. The new elections were called after pressure from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost the original vote in March by a narrow margin.

Below is an international press review of events leading to the elections' results, by Helmut Sorge, former Foreign editor, and Middle East expert for Germany's leading newsmagazine "Der Spiegel", and columnist at the Policy Center for the New South. 

AI for Good: Battling Bias Before it Becomes Irreversible

John Stackhouse | Posted : July 16, 2019


This article was originally published on RBC Royal Bank's innovation & perspective section. Kevin Vuong, Executive Lead, International & Lecturer, University of Toronto, Canada and Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader Alum 2018 contributed to this piece.

From the route you take home to where you choose to go for lunch, we have our own inherent preferences that predispose us to a particular decision.

Angela Merkel: We are the Dawn of Difficult and Uncertain Times

Helmut Sorge | Posted : July 12, 2019


"German chancellor Angela Merkel may be forced to cede her power earlier than expected after episodes of violent and controllable shaking in public has led party officials to fear for her health." Announcements we have been reading in the press these past days. Below is an international press review of events leading to these times of uncertainty, by Helmut Sorge, former Foreign editor, and Middle East expert for Germany's leading newsmagazine "Der Spiegel", and columnist at the Policy Center for the New South. 

La ZLECAF : c’est (presque) parti !

Mouhamadou Moustapha LY , Bertrand BIO-MAMA | Posted : July 11, 2019


The co-author, Bertrand Bio-Mama, is an alumnus of the Emerging Leaders Program 2017.

Les échanges commerciaux ont, depuis des siècles, été au cœur des enjeux économiques à travers le monde. L’histoire nous apprend, par exemple, qu’au XVIIIème siècle, la recherche de nouveaux marchés avait poussé l’Europe à aller à la conquête du monde. En effet, les échanges commerciaux représentent un instrument important, voire vital, pour la croissance de l’économie et le progrès social. De nos jours, ils occupent une place prépondérante dans les relations internationales et sont, parfois, source de tensions entre les pays, en raison de leur dimension stratégique.

The Misunderstood World of Cybersecurity in Africa

Amanda Mathe | Posted : July 10, 2019


A new age world of understanding that requires skills and fair access to information. Where open data is met with harsh punishment and laws set without clarity. Here is a look at African’s take on cybersecurity.

This article is published on the eve of the Ifri-PCNS Roundtable taking place in Paris under the theme "Global Cybersecurity Challenges: Disentangling Risks and Opportunities in International Politics."  

Women’s Representation on African Corporate Boards: an Overview

Chika Uwazie | Posted : July 09, 2019


The author is an alumnus of the 2017 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program

Globalization has led to discourses on leadership and management having different perspectives. Today, one of the discourses includes gender diversity in leadership positions across organizations. The data continuously shows that women’s access to the coveted C-suite and management positions in organizations are comparatively limited. Therefore, this piece examines women’s representation on African corporate boards and executive committees in the private sector.

Mercosur-EU trade agreement: Better Late than Never...

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : July 03, 2019


Twenty years after negotiations began between Mercosur and the European Union (EU), a trade agreement between ministers was reached last Friday in Brussels. Its first phase, from 1999 to 2014, had among the motivations on the European side not to be left behind while the US then pursued a Free Trade Agreement for Latin America (FTAA). Symptomatically, such enthusiasm cooled after FTAA negotiations came to a halt and the United States embarked on bilateral agreements with some countries in the region. This time, the US bilateralism of the Trump era has been answered by the EU with the search for agreements with Canada, Japan, Mexico and Mercosur. On the Mercosur side, in the recent period, there has been an unprecedented alignment favorable to the conclusion of an agreement.

La place de l’Afrique dans le système de règlement des différends de l’OMC: Expérience, défis et perspectives

Jamal Machrouh | Posted : July 02, 2019


Quelle place l’Afrique occupe-t-elle dans le système de règlement des différends de l’Organisation Mondiale du Commerce ? Les règles et procédures régulant ce système profitent-elles aussi bien aux pays en développement qu’aux pays développés, ou restent-elles l’apanage de ces derniers ? Le continent africain a-t-il les moyens de faire fonctionner un tel système ? La place marginale qu’occupe l’Afrique dans le système est-elle due à des facteurs endogènes ou à des facteurs exogènes ? Quelles sont les stratégies à mettre en place et les plans d’action à adopter pour améliorer l’utilisation par les pays africains de ce système ?