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Open newsletter – february 23, 2022

ASIA A divide is emerging between how the Asia Pacific region has responded to the Omicron wave of COVID-19, and how North American and Western European countries have responded. East Asia Forum, Jeremy Youde: Asia’s cautious approach to Omicron AUSTRALIA One of the former Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials involved with a new […]

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The Optics of Women in the Workforce (Loujain Alhathloul, Arab Gulf State Institute in Washington)

There is a recent culture of promoting women’s workforce participation in the Middle East and North Africa, but looking solely at the data misses some of the broader discussion on women’s empowerment. AGSIW | The Optics of Women in the Workforce

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Green Hydrogen: The new scramble for North Africa (Hamza Hamouchene, Al Jazeera)

The potential of the Sahara desert in North Africa to generate large amounts of renewable energy thanks to its dry climate and vast expanses of land has long been touted. For years, the Europeans, in particular, have considered it a potential source of solar energy that could satisfy a sizable chunk of European energy demands. […]

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North Africa 2030: What the future holds for the region (Frederick Kempe, Giampiero Massolo, Yahia Zoubir, Abdelkader Abderrahmane, Pietro Gagliardi, Guillaume Biganzoli, Aldo Liga, Nader Kabbani, Nejla Ben Mimoune, Hannah Abdullah, Karim Elgendy, Shlomo Roiter Jesner, Jay Mens, Armando Sanguini, Karim Mezran, and Alissa Pavia, Atlantic Council)

In the last decade, several events redefined North Africa’s heterogeneous character and identity. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Arab spring, but most of the root causes fueling the unrest remain unaddressed. The region is undergoing a delicate phase in its political, social, and economic life, and the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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Climate Change and Violent Extremism in North Africa (Moussa Bourekba, CIDOB)

As climate change intensifies in many parts of the world, more and more policymakers are concerned with its effects on human security and violence. From Lake Chad to the Philippines, including Afghanistan and Syria, some violent extremist (VE) groups such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State exploit crises and conflicts resulting from environmental stress […]

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Democratizing commerce (Amjad Ahmad, Atlantic Council)

In Season 2, Episode 2 of empowerME Conversations podcast, host and Atlantic Council empowerME Director Amjad Ahmad speaks with Facebook Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa Ramez Shehadi on digitization, the future of e-commerce, supporting SMEs, and changes needed to improve the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Democratizing commerce – Atlantic Council

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North Africa COVID cases plummeting after summer spike (Al Jazeera)

Weeks after a spike in coronavirus cases overwhelmed intensive care units across North Africa with severe oxygen shortages sparking public anger, case numbers are sharply declining. Here is a look at the situation in the four countries of the Maghreb – Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Libya – based on official figures collected by the AFP […]

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Middle East/North Africa/Pandemic – COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the Middle East and North Africa (Brookings)

Paul Dyer, Isaac Schaider, and Andrew Letzkus write: Since multiple vaccines for COVID-19 became available at the end of 2020, countries across the world have struggled to ensure that their populations have access to sufficient quantities of the vaccines. go to Brookings: COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the Middle East and North Africa (brookings.edu)

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(Middle East/North Africa) Decoupling economic growth from emissions in the Middle East and North Africa (Brookings)

Martin Philipp Heger and Lukas Vashold write for Brookings: Economic growth plays a critical role in raising living standards and enabling human progress. However, economic growth needs to decouple from negative environmental consequences, as these, in turn, degrade the very foundations of human development. One example of a negative environmental consequence is airborne emissions that lead to […]

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(Middle East/North Africa) National human rights institutions: A reason for hope in the Middle East and North Africa? (Turan Kayaoglu, Brookings)

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MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA/PANDEMIC – Infographic: The stringency of Middle East and North Africa’s COVID-19 response (Paul Dyer, Isaac Schaider, and Andrew Letzkus, Brookings)

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PANDEMIC/MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA – Infographic: COVID-19 fatality in the Middle East and North Africa (Paul Dyer, Isaac Schaider, and Andrew Letzkus, Brookings)