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Now online November "Close-ups"

Med-Or’s monthly reports are back: geopolitics, economy, security in the Broader Mediterranean countries

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Italy and India: between ambitions and common interests. The importance of a strategic relationship

2023 marked 75 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between Italy and India. In March, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Italy’s PM Giorgia Meloni met in New Delhi. This was followed by various meetings between officials from the two countries, including a visit to Italy by Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. The importance of dialogue and collaboration between New Delhi and Rome is underlined by their joint interests, ambitions, attention to developments in Africa and the Global South, and by Italy’s new strategy in the Indo-Pacific, which are the focus of this report

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Med-Or presents its new monthly column, “Close-ups”

Med-Or’s monthly column “Close-ups” is now online: geopolitics, economics and security in the countries of the Broader Mediterranean

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Why including the African Union in the G20 increases the value of the group

The inclusion of the African Union as a permanent member of the G20, composed of the world's top 20 economies, may have momentous value for Africa's evolution. An analysis by Emanuele Rossi

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Quo vadis, ASEAN?

During the ASEAN meetings in Indonesia numerous regional issues were discussed, but the main focus was on the absence of Joe Biden and Xi Jinping.

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Rome and Abu Dhabi reconfirm their strategic commitment

Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani's recent visit to the UAE confirms how the Rome-Abu Dhabi dialogue is strategic on several key issues for Italy's economic, foreign, and security policy

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Italy looks to Tunisia for a solution to the crisis

Italy confirms its support to the country, which looks increasingly precarious economically and affected by anti-western actors’s agendas. By Francesco Meriano

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G7 Summit in Hiroshima: Focusing on the Indo-Pacific with an eye to Ukraine and the Global South

The G7 leaders met in Japan from 19 to 21 May. Ukrainian President Zelensky and the leaders of some of the main countries of the Indo-Pacific region were also in attendance.

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Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s visit to Ethiopia marks new Italian proactive engagement in the Horn of Africa

The trilateral meeting between Italy, Ethiopia and Somalia held during Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s visit to Ethiopia highlights Italy’s intention to view this region as strategic for the stability of the Broader Mediterranean. Her visit coincides with the beginning of hostilities in Sudan, which threatens to unleash a new wave of illegal migration towards Italian shores.

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China’s demographic problem

For the first time in the history of demography, a great nation is aging before becoming rich. The analysis by Guido Bolaffi

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Israel and Italy ready to take relations to the next level

Recent meetings between Italian and Israeli authorities further strengthen already strong relations. By Anna Maria Cossiga

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The scramble for the Arctic and its strategic implications for the Mediterranean

The Arctic and the Mediterranean seas are much closer than they may seem. Factors such as climate, security and transports link them and may make them even more interdependent in the near future.

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Italy and India consolidate the link between the Mediterranean and the Indo-Pacific

Rome and New Delhi revive their strategic partnership: the Defence and Security sectors are at the heart of cooperation, but the scope is broader.

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Prime Minister Meloni’s visit to Abu Dhabi and the re-launch of the Italy-UAE strategic partnership

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s visit to the UAE confirms a new beginning in Italy-UAE relations following five months of incremental engagement between the two governments

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The UAE’s push toward the Indo-Pacific

While not a new trend, the bolstering of bilateral ties by the UAE with Indo-Pacific actors has recently been gaining new speed, due to the growing strategic relevance of the region. The new France-India-UAE trilateral cooperation initiative is a case in point

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The economy of India between emigration and remittances

From workers’ remittances to study abroad visas: India turns emigration into a strength for its economy. An analysis by Guido Bolaffi.

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Bangladesh’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund

Why has Bangladesh, despite a positive economic framework, turned to the IMF for the release of an urgent assistance package? By Guido Bolaffi

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Algeria ready to take its relationship with Europe a step further

It is no longer a secret that Algeria and Europe are extremely close – now more than ever, given the current geopolitical context.

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Lebanon and Israel – “War and Peace”

Israel and Lebanon signed a historic agreement for shared exploitation of offshore gas fields. An analysis by Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

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The Lebanese banking crisis

The financial crisis in Lebanon and the future of the Lebanese economy. An analysis by Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

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Tensions in Central Asia: the unresolved conflict between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

During the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, new border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan took place. From the Caucasus to Central Asia, tensions are rising again in some post-Soviet countries

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India's race

On the 75th anniversary of the country's independence, India also celebrated two historic events in the space of a few days

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Government crisis in Montenegro: possible implications

In Montenegro, the parliament's vote of no confidence opened a complex government crisis that could have several implications for the country and the Balkan region. By Antonio Stango

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Russia and China in the scramble for nuclear power in Africa

The number of African countries thinking of developing a nuclear programme is growing, while collaboration projects with Russia and China are increasing. By Emanuele Rossi

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The strategic caution of Russia and China in Western Sahara

Russia and China have chosen to take a strategically cautious stand in the conflict between Morocco and Algeria and in their relations with the two North African Countries. By Alessandro Giuli

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The strategic importance of small Indo-Pacific islands

With China boosting its influence in the Indo-Pacific archipelagos, the United States and its Quad partners are called to understand the points of view and needs of the island nations.

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Blinken’s trip to the Near East

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s trip aims to contain recently emerged tensions between the United States and countries in the Near East, also in light of the recent Ukrainian crisis. By Anna Maria Cossiga

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Aging population paradoxes, between young and old generations, who will dominate the future?

The drop in natality and mortality rates is modifying the structure of contemporary society. The case of China is a clear example. By Guido Bolaffi.

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Food security and the war in Ukraine. What are the risks for the MENA area?

The war currently underway in Ukraine could have serious repercussions on the food security of some countries in the Near East and North Africa. An analysis by Anna Maria Cossiga

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