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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
In the last decades, the world witnessed an important dispute about Rare-Earth Elements (REE), which passed quite unnoticed. Although these materials are unknown to many people, they are essential in many fields of the modern economy. Currently, the REE market is ruled by China, which controls the production and distribution of most of the world’s resources and, recently, has furtherly increased its influence. On the other side, this dependence on Beijing is considered as a threat for other developed countries. Given the huge importance of this business, many strategies and alliances are being set up since no one wants to lose the train heading towards the future economy.
Located at the Horn of Africa, where the heat mixes with the humidity to create the climate that favors the eruption of clashes, Ethiopia stands proud, carrying centuries of history and culture on its back. Landlocked and separated from the rest of the Muslim-dominated African countries, it now finds itself battling internal demons apart from external foes. What started as a border skirmish between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 1998 has now escalated into a fully developed civil war that threatens the status quo. But who is Abiy Ahmed and who are Tigray’s so-called liberation fighters?