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A Game of Russian Roulette

Helmut Sorge | Posted : March 12, 2020

For a second, the uniformed officer looked threatening. He followed me. When I reached the stairs leading to my Transavia flight to Paris, he stepped in front of me, asking, “Sir, may I talk to you for a second?” Did he suspect I was smuggling precious Islamic art or some cannabis, the popular Kif? “When are you returning to Marrakech,” the customs officer inquired. “In four days”, I replied. “Perfect,” was his reaction. “May I ask you to buy in a French pharmacy the drugs mentioned on this prescription for my mother?” Before I could react, he handed me the medical paper and added, “Mama, Allah protect her, believes those rumors that some of the pharmaceutical products sold in our pharmacies are fake, substandard or outdated.”

Three Reasons the United Kingdom is increasing its presence in West Africa

Hamza M'Jahed | Posted : March 11, 2020

West Africa has always played an essential role in African geopolitics. Although less thought of than north, south and east Africa, because of their envied strategic openings into both the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean, West African countries are transforming themselves into a major African hub. For Britain, the completion of Brexit heralds a new era in its contemporary history. In this framework, West Africa is a crucial region for the United Kingdom’s long-term strategic goals in Africa for three reasons:

Le digital : une opportunité ou une menace pour l’emploi ?

Ahmed Ouhnini | Posted : March 10, 2020

L’avènement de la quatrième Révolution industrielle et les mutations qu’elle implique dans le monde du travail nous obligent à nous intéresser à l’histoire de l’Organisation Internationale du Travail (OIT) et à s’interroger sur le devenir de ses apports en matière de protection des droits des travailleurs. C’est dans cette perspective que le Policy Center for the New South, en partenariat avec Geneva Institute et la Revue internationale de politique de développement, a organisé, le 9 janvier 2020, une conférence où il a été question de la digitalisation du travail et du rôle de l’OIT en matière de protection sociale dans les pays du Sud. Les contributions scientifiques à la dernière édition[1] de la Revue internationale de politique de développement de l’IHEID[2] ont servi de toile de fond à la rencontre. Christophe Gironde et Gilles Carbonnier y ont dressé un regard, à la fois rétrospectif et prospectif, sur l’évolution de l’Institution, tout en faisant ressortir les défis auxquels elle fait face.

Comment le Maroc fait-il face à la menace du Coronavirus

Uri Dadush | Posted : March 09, 2020

Le nouveau coronavirus est apparu en Chine et, jusqu’à début mars, s'est propagé dans plus de 90 pays. Le virus a fait son apparition au Maroc avec seulement deux cas importés connus, mais sans tests généralisés. Il est impossible de déterminer l'ampleur de sa propagation.

On ne sait pas grand-chose sur le virus. Mais, ce que l'on sait déjà est extrêmement important pour les décideurs politiques qui tentent d'élaborer une réponse appropriée.

Coronavirus : Etat et population : la cohérence est de rigueur

Abdelhak Bassou | Posted : March 09, 2020
  1. Face au danger : Etat responsable et population disciplinée

Les épidémies et les pandémies font partie des risques globaux qu’encourt le monde moderne. Si l’effet de ces fléaux connus depuis longtemps par l’humanité, est aujourd’hui diminué par les progrès scientifiques en matière de santé, le danger n’est pourtant pas écarté du fait des progrès de la communication et des avancées dans les domaines du transport. Avec un monde aux continents plus facilement reliés et des humains de plus en plus interconnectés, le risque de contact et de contagion augmente, d’une part, et la propagation de rumeurs et de fausses informations accentuent la panique.

How can German Democracy be Protected Against a Swing to the Radical Right?

Helmut Sorge | Posted : March 09, 2020

Adolf Hitler envisaged a Germanic empire ruling the planet for 1000 years. History imposed another scenario: after 12 years in power, the delusional führer swallowed a deadly cyanide capsule and, to be absolutely certain, shot himself with his personal Walther pistol. It was April, 30, 1945. The surrender of the Nazi Reich was near. The dictator’s personal guard followed the führer’s orders even while their hero was turning cold and carried Hitler and his wife of one day, Eva Braun, into the garden, adjacent to the underground bunker. They doused the bodies with petrol, and while Hitler was in flames, clicked their heels and raised their right arms in a final salute to a man judged by Winston Churchill as a “monster of wickedness, insatiable in his lust for blood and plunder.”

ADEL Portrait : What if we did something different, something bolder ?

Sabine Cessou | Posted : March 05, 2020

This young woman comes across as a striking beauty, body and soul. Born and raised in Enugu, Nigeria, she shines. She’s not only a voice for others, but first and foremost her own person. She founded She ROARs in 2016, a platform dedicated to unleash the potential of young female leaders in Africa and the diaspora. It really took off after an important gathering of more than 300 African women in August 2017 in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. The “Women Advancing Africa” conference was organized by the Graça Machel Trust, named after the former First Lady of Mozambique and widow of Nelson Mandela.

Reflections on women’s empowerment in contemporary Morocco

Abdessalam JALDI | Posted : March 04, 2020

When I think about women’s empowerment, I see it as a constant process of attaining milestones in our lives as individuals man and woman, and as society. When I think of women’s empowerment in the context of Morocco, a host of questions come to mind. First, how is the ‘Moroccan woman’? In other words, to what extent are Moroccan women seeking to empower themselves? Does empowerment, mean the same thing to every Moroccan woman? To what extent is it self-empowerment? And what are the roles of individuals, civil society, and government in empowering women in a diverse land of paradoxes? In this article, I attempt to frame my perspective on women’s empowerment in contemporary Morocco. I look briefly into some policy measures that highlight the importance of empowering women, though this is by no means an attempt to summarize or analyze policymaking on this issue. I examine the issue through a socio-cultural lens, ending with some thoughts on where we stand today on the path towards the empowerment of Moroccan women.

Gender and the new economy

Asmaa Guedira | Posted : March 04, 2020

Almost 25 years have passed since the fourth world conference on women in Beijing in 1995. At that time, governments and women’s rights organizations adopted the Beijing Platform for Action to advance women’s rights globally. In November 2019, I attended the Paris Peace Forum panel discussion on ‘how to make the Generation Equality Forum of May-July 2020 a transformational moment’. Also in 2019, France and Mexico agreed to host the Generation Equality Forum in 2020. This Forum, convened by UN Women and organized in close partnership with civil society, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action.

Rationalising Fear: The Novel Coronavirus in Times of Globalization

Salma Daoudi | Posted : February 25, 2020

Epidemics are hardly a novelty. They have been shaping, mapping, and fundamentally altering human history from time immemorial. Exposing national vulnerabilities and feeding off poverty and insecurity, diseases have consistently threatened human and homeland security.