COVID-19 as a cause of congestions and delays in firms’ supply chain

The last two years will be remembered in history books as the Covid-19 pandemic, when all over the world people were forced to stay at home and limit human contact. These restrictions pursued by governments in order to fight the virus will remain in our minds as the main detrimental effect that Covid-19 had on our society. However, some consequences were not so simple to be detected but still represent concerns that will demand attention by authorities in the next future.

Natural Gas: The Winter Crisis of Europe

Natural gas is probably best known to consumers for its domestic uses of heating, cooking and cooling, with residential use accounting for around 22% of overall natural gas consumption. Its demand has been on the rise the past decades, which highlights the central role that natural gas has in today’s global energy market. The reason behind its popularity is evident: it is a very good source of electricity supply, it is defined by easy storability, and it produces low carbon emissions.

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan: A catastrophic end or the beginning of a new disaster?

More than two months have passed since the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan. Mid-October the NATO defense ministers met in Brussels to reflect on what has happened in Afghanistan. During a press conference, the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that they “exchanged views on how to preserve the gains and ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists”. These goals seem extremely ambitious, and thus an analysis of the implications from the withdrawal might provide a better understanding of the feasibility of Stoltenberg’s statement.

From Carbons to Electrons: Shifting Powers in MENA

The first event of the 2021-2022 academic year was centered on energy. Green energy, technologies, geopolitics and regional stability of the Middle East and Gulf States were at the epicenter of the analysis. The speakers shared their insight into the energy sector and provided accurate predictions about the future of the region. Read the article to lean more!

Shell vs. Nigerian Communities: The Dawn of a New Day

Despite the presence of these constraining and well-designed laws, some companies still continue performing hazardous activities that prioritize the benefits of their shareholders over the benefits of other stakeholders and actors. For instance, an oil company can extract oil in a foreign country, even if this action contaminates the agricultural land, waterways, and groundwaters of a community of around 40 thousand people. This is the case of Shell in Nigeria.

A dialogue on sustainability, energy transition and new competencies

On September 30th, Bocconi hosted a hybrid event in collaboration with Enel Foundation, welcoming an array of fascinating speakers. In this event experts, top managers, and academics discussed about equal distribution of wealth, energy transition, and climate change and the impact on a more incorporated sustainable tomorrow, engaging the generation that will lead the sustainable development of the future.

The strategic role of the Istanbul Canal

The Istanbul Canal is the name of a prospective waterway that should cover a large distance and hinder ships from crossing the Bosporus and reaching the Black Sea. It has been termed as one of the most crucial projects of this decade for Turkey, and is considered as more than just a future construction. What are the political implications of this project and what could it mean for the future of geopolitics and international relations in the greater region?

History Repeats Itself in Myanmar

What happened on February 1st, 2021 in Myanmar has taken the world by storm. Early in the morning, Myanmar leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), were detained in a raid carried out by the military after seizing control over the country in a military coup and declaring a year-long state of emergency.