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The new OPEC+ energy policy towards the West: a cooperation or a coercive tool?

The new OPEC+ energy policy towards the West: a cooperation or a coercive tool?

The latest OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting was held at the beginning of October and a new direction in the international energy policy has been implemented by countries among which Saudi Arabia. In fact, the proposal to cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day passed, meaning for Washington and the Western countries that they will have to seriously consider OPEC+’s leverage in the future.

Hong Kong Ready for a Fast-Track Accession to World’s Largest FTA

Hong Kong Ready for a Fast-Track Accession to World’s Largest FTA

The Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Hong Kong appears to be on the verge of joining RCEP, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. The deal consists of a regional free trade agreement joining together, at the time of writing, 15 countries in the Indo-Pacific region accounting for one third of world’s output. This makes RCEP the largest trade deal in the world and in human history, linking economies worth a cumulative thirty trillion USD.
Hong Kong’s recent pushes for accession are likely to succeed. Entering the RCEP network would permanently link HK’s future to ASEAN’s economies, socialise the city even more closely with its partners and ease trade and facilitate intra-regional investment flows.

Do domestic variables influence war support? Evidence from Ukraine

Do domestic variables influence war support? Evidence from Ukraine

Russian aggression against Ukraine has sparked a significant reaction in terms of economic sanctions against Moscow and military/financial support towards Kiev. Although geographically limited to the so called “West” of the world, the impact of the sanctioning/support measures is extremely high due to the comparative economic and military power of the states involved. But why did these states intervene in the first place?

Le nuove sinistre latinoamericane

Le nuove sinistre latinoamericane

Con la vittoria di Lula, candidato del Partito dei Lavoratori (PT) lo scorso 30 ottobre, anche il Brasile si aggiunge ai paesi dell’America Latina che tra il 2018 e quest’anno hanno eletto governi di sinistra. Il Presidente designato, infatti, appartiene allo stesso “spettro politico” di Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Messico, Alberto Fernández in Argentina, Luis Arce in Bolivia, Pedro Castillo in Perù, Gabriel Boric in Cile e Gustavo Petro in Colombia. La “svolta a sinistra” politica nella regione potrebbe garantire dialoghi più fluidi tra le nazioni che si ritrovano con programmi politici in gran parte convergenti; una cooperazione nel blocco che potrebbe significare maggior rilevanza negli scenari internazionali.

The cat and the bird

The cat and the bird

Both Germany and Turkey have established themselves as leading actors in the business of arms exports, albeit with two very different approaches. What is the link between them, and how does it relate to their role in Ukraine? This article compares the policies of the two countries regarding arms exports, with a focus on two crucial weapon systems, the Gepard and the Bayraktar TB2.

La situazione in Afghanistan, oggi

La situazione in Afghanistan, oggi

È passato più di un anno da quando tutte le principali fonti di informazione hanno diffuso le immagini dell’esercito statunitense che lasciava l’Afghanistan dopo vent’anni di operazioni militari e presenza sul territorio. I talebani sono tornati, l’Afghanistan è di nuovo un Emirato Islamico, e ora che la polvere si è posata possiamo analizzare la situazione attuale.