Monthly Archives: February 2019

The collapse of an entire ideology? – The Venezuelan Crisis

According to some World Economic Forum research, these days the political crisis in Venezuela has entered an extremely acute phase. In fact, dual power has been proclaimed in the country: there are opposing policies and institutions at the presidential, parliamentary and judicial levels.

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Iran’s Priorities in a Turbulent Middle East

What’s new? Iran is a rising power in the Middle East, having exploited opportunities arising from the U.S. invasion of Iraq and wars in Syria and Yemen. But where the Islamic Republic’s enemies see a grasping would-be empire, its own strategists see an embattled state redressing historical wrongs.

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How do people percept terrorism, from a psychological point of view

An act of desperation rather than real power

Many people in are in mortal fear of terrorist attacks. This is human nature—but before we jump to conclusions that life as we know it has changed forever, we should try to look at these events in a more rational manner. This is not to diminish the horror of these attacks or the terrible loss of life of innocent people. And in no way is this terrorism justified. But we all need to stand back and think about how we can cope psychologically with these recent events. Because, I believe, we will face more events in the future. We must be ready in our minds to understand what this is really about.

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How Islamist militant groups are gaining strength in Africa

Terrorist groups are destabilizing countries all over the continent

For the past decade, Islamist militant groups have been gaining ground in Africa. In 2015, Nigeria’s Boko Haram became the world’s deadliest terror group. Since then, five African militaries, backed by the US and EU, have tried and failed to defeat them.

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What were the factors that led to the widespread of terrorism across Africa?

Political and Economic environment to 2015

The underlying structural causes of state weakness in sub-Saharan Africa – relatively low population densities, problematic population distribution and poor infrastructure will remain ubiquitous through 2015 and beyond, impeding the prospects of significant gains in broad based institution building and development. Much will depend upon two external drivers of development and growth – foreign direct investment (FDI) and aid flows – whose distribution across the continent will continue to be uneven, maintaining a situation in which nodes of promise sit side by side with zones of weak governance and in which some other countries stubbornly refuse to respond to external efforts to stimulate growth and development.

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