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Présence militaire française au Sahel : Le temps des décisions

Abdelhak Bassou | Posted : December 07, 2019


La présence de la France au Sahel n’est pas un sujet facile à discuter, à commenter ou à traiter. D’une part, l’intervention française, en 2013, (Opération Serval), avait permis de prolonger l’existence de l’Etat malien qui, sans l’opération française, n’aurait pas pu résister aux menées terroristes qui visaient Bamako.

D’autre part, la présence française semble ne rien pouvoir changer à l’avancée du terrorisme dans la région, le phénomène semble même gagner du terrain devant l’impuissance de la force française.

The IMF, Argentina and Ecuador: Have Lessons Been Learned?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : December 02, 2019


Following the global financial crisis of 2007-08, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) went through a period of self-examination. The old joke that its acronym stood for “It’s Mostly Fiscal” bothered some of its leaders, who believed the organization needed to focus less on austerity and more thoroughly consider issues such as inequality, poverty reduction and gender equality when making loans and other key decisions. There was talk of a “new IMF” that had learned from its old mistakes.

The Unstable Global Order: About a Missing Voice from the South

Osama El Mourabit | Posted : November 29, 2019


During the past few years, the different global ongoing events have left us baffled and astonished. Given the decreasing ability to understand and assimilate the amount of changes, mutations, and crises, one would wonder: what happened to the global order? How has -in this short period of time- the power of its values and institutions that much decreased? What are the causes for these protectionist and massive populist waves? Why are we witnessing an increasing settlement of conflicts out of the international institutions?

Colombia: Heading Back Towards Jungles and Mountains

Helmut Sorge | Posted : November 26, 2019


Beyond the verbal anarchy celebrated by President Donald Trump, or the annihilation of abandoned Kurdish allies of the United States, the never ending destruction of Yemen, the threatening warfare against Iran, a massacre by Iraqi forces to intimidate protesters against a failing government, more gas and ammunition fired in Hong Kong to oppress untamable activist fearing their loss of freedom, Britain crashing out of the European Union, abandoning common sense and democratic dignity… Yes, beyond these headlines, another drama is slowly placing its news onto the front pages—the civil war in Colombia. Three years after the signature of a celebrated Nobel prize honored peace treaty. A historic battle, half a century in the making, killing between 1958 and 2013, 220 000 people, more than five million civilians were forced from their homes (1985 to 2012) generating the world’s second largest population of internally displaced persons, among them 2.3 million children. And 45 000 kids paid for the insanity with their lives.

Les 3D : et si le triangle était compatible ?

Mouhamadou Moustapha Ly | Posted : November 22, 2019


Le rêve d’un monde en développement qui voit ses inégalités se réduire, la condition de vie de ses populations s’améliorer significativement, tout en profitant du bonheur procuré par une population jeune, reste à portée de main.

Where Books are Burned, at the End People Will Burn

Helmut Sorge | Posted : November 20, 2019


His name was Heller. Gerhard Heller. For his friends in Paris he was just « Gérard » and not an insulting Fritz, a fridolin, a boche, or a chleuh. Heller was a symbol of power. He was a « Sonderfuehrer » in the « Propagandastaffel », practically a low level lieutenant, but for his French contacts he was the ruler of them all. Heller was the censor for French literature, a kind of Napoleon in Nazi uniform. He decided whether Sartre’s books would be published, or Camus. It was up to him to reject the manuscript or help to allocate the necessary paper. In his four years in the Nazi occupied capital of the defeated and humiliated France, Heller read about 800 manuscripts, among them the Albert Camus classics “The stranger” and “The myth of Sisyphus”.

The Digital Age and the Modern Social Contract

Hala Boumaiz | Posted : November 15, 2019


The effects of new technologies on the ways in which we think, govern, work and socialize are already posing complex problems for decision-makers, citizens and corporates, leading to reactions of rejection that reflect fear or lack of preparation in coping with digital transformations. Due to these changes, the classical patterns shaping our society - be it within the political, economic, or social spheres - have been rapidly altered. With this fast-paced transformation, the general interest - placed at the heart of the social contract - is at stake; therefore, deeply affecting the core relationship between the state and the individuals living within its bounds.

Trade Tensions and the Global Outlook

Uri Dadush | Posted : November 13, 2019


The growth slowdown became evident in late 2017. World GDP at market exchange rates slowed from a seasonally adjusted annual rate of between 4 and 5% in the second half of 2017 to between 1.5% to 2% in the first half of 2019. The slowdown came as a big surprise and led to continuous revisions downwards of growth forecasts as shown yet again by the IMF’s World Economic Outlook issued last week.

The US-China Trade War Is Accelerating China’s Rebalancing

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : November 08, 2019


The Trump government has been imposing restrictions on access to technologies by Chinese telecommunications firms. Why and what are the consequences?

The Federal Communications Commission is about to ban carriers from using government funds to buy equipment from Huawei and ZTE. Other government agencies are expected to take similar measures.

Notes sur les jeunesses africaines

Abdallah Saaf | Posted : November 04, 2019


Sans accorder une importance excessive aux limites démarquant les différentes tranches d’âge, les jeunes se définissent, pour l’essentiel, comme ceux dont l’âge se situe entre 18 et 35 ans, en intégrant les au-delà des 35 ans les « jeunes vieux » (ceux qui restent jeunes d’esprit, d’agir, et de manière d’être) et de « vieux jeunes » (ceux qui vieillissent très tôt dans leur mode d’être, de penser et de faire).

Ainsi, il n’existe pas une seule jeunesse africaine mais des jeunesses africaines, aux configurations variables selon les contextes socio- démographiques de chaque partie du continent. Aussi il semble difficile de prétendre à l’exhaustivité sur ce thème.