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Libya: lights and shadows of the peace process

Giancarlo Elia Valori After six days of intense closed-door talks between the 75 delegates of the various Libyan factions summoned to Tunis by the Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG), Stephanie Williams, the first round of negotiations that ended on November 15 confirmed the “ceasefire”, but …

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Futurism Is Workless: Calling G20 2020

Naseem Javeed Today, increasingly all our work of sorts, repeated laborious and mundane, now openly snatched across the world by robotic revolutions, supported by AI+AR+VR and block-chained programs. This is not a bad thing. This is a global uplift for our imagination creating extra thinking time. Humankind finally …

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COVID-19 crisis reinforces the need for reforms to drive growth and reduce inequality

Effective containment measures, a well-functioning health system and swift public support to firms and households have helped Lithuania to weather the COVID-19 crisis to date. That said, the pandemic still carries significant economic risks, and the recent upsurge in infections is very concerning. Once a recovery is under …

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Democracy in decline and its fate after the crisis: Why will the big crisis kill liberalism with or without the demos

Vasily Koltashov Being praised as never before, democracy was in crisis. The reality of the economic problems of 2008-2020 led to a new critical moment. All this makes us think about the meaning of the word “democracy”, about the economic logic of history and much more. Twilight of …

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The Strait of Malacca: China between Singapore and the United States

Giancarlo Elia Valori  According to the data of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, over 30% of maritime crude oil trade passes through the South China Sea. Over 90% of the crude oil arriving in that sea pass through the Strait of Malacca, i.e. the shortest sea route between …

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A new great Islamic crescent: the Turkey-Qatar axis from the Caucasus to Libya

Giancarlo Elia Valori “Turkey has deep ties of friendship and fraternity with Qatar and the relations between the two countries have rapidly improved in all fields… Both countries are actively cooperating in solving regional problems.” With these words the official website of the Turkish Ministry for Foreign Affairs …

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Syrian Idlib: What’s Next?

Igor Matveev In October 2020, as the media reported Russia’s Aerospace forces resuming their strikes against the local armed opposition, Turkey relocating its observation posts, and Syrian militants fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, the global community once again turned its attention to the events in Idlib. It is important to …

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Sino-US relations under Joseph Biden?

Amjad Javeed President Trump, hopefully outgoing, was not an out-and-out failure for his electorate. Yet, he was shown the door. He had many feathers for his cap. Wages among the poorest quarter of workers rose by 4.7 per cent a year, small-business confidence attained a 30-year pinnacle. By …

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Tax havens, exotic havens

Giancarlo Elia Valori Until the financial crisis of 2008, tax havens were seen as exotic places, Caribbean islands or Alpine financial fortresses patronized by celebrities, gangsters and wealthy aristocrats. Since then six issues have become clear, which make us reflect: a) the phenomenon is much bigger and more …

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