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23 Jun 2022

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READING OF THE WEEK

Russia Ukraine: Where do Arabs Stand?

Research Studies - Arab News

The following executive summary outlines the results of an Arab News / YouGov pan-Arab survey on attitudes toward the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The poll, the ninth in the series, sought to understand how Arabs across 14 countries in the Middle East and North Africa viewed the conflict in Ukraine.

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NORTH AFRICA / SAHEL / SUB – SAHARA

Situation in South Sudan Report of the Secretary General

United Nations Security Council (UN)

The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2625 (2022), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to 15 March 2023 and requested the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of the Mission's mandate every 90 days. The report covers political and security developments, the humanitarian and human rights situation and progress towards the implementation of the Mission's mandate since the previous report, dated 25 February 2022(S/2022/156).

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Kenya's 2022 Election: High Stakes

 International Crisis Group

 Kenyan elections are often high-stakes affairs, with the politicians concerned eager to protect both their careers and their significant business interests. While social tensions are now at a low ebb, in past elections, claims of electoral malfeasance have triggered violence that killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands.

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Algeria Morocco Tunisia: A Comparative Perspective on Maghreb Countries Migration Cooperation with their West African Neighbors

Euromesco

This Joint Policy Study is structured in four chapters. The first chapter analyses national and regional policy frameworks in place, looking at three Maghreb countries: Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The second chapter examines the regional and trans-regional relevance of West African diaspora policies. The third chapter assesses the Algeria-Niger bilateral cooperation in the light of the EU borders' externalization process and the last chapter analyses the role of civil society organizations in the policymaking consultations in the Maghreb.

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MIDDLE-EAST

Saudi Arabia's Nation-Branding Strategy

Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington

In 2016, Saudi Arabia embarked on a new path to diversify its economy. Implementing Vision 2030, the kingdom's roadmap for a post-oil era, requires opening up the country and working to change public perception in the West. As part of a nation-branding strategy, Saudi leaders aim to foster the kingdom's cultural resources to improve its image abroad as a means to attract investment and align interests. 

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On the Brink: A Year of the "Coalition of Change" in Israel

The Polish Institute of International Affairs

The cabinet of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid, established in June 2021, is in crisis after the loss of its parliamentary majority in April. The divergent interests of the coalition members have generated further conflicts over internal and security affairs, thus destabilizing the government. While the government remains more effective in foreign policy than domestic matters, it is mainly thanks to regional cooperation. The weakness of the coalition has increased the probability of early parliamentary elections.

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TRANSNATIONAL

Global Economic Prospects June 2022

World Bank Group

Global Economic Prospects is a World Bank Group Flagship Report that examines global economic developments and prospects, with a special focus on emerging market and developing economies, on a semiannual basis (in January and June). Each edition includes analytical pieces on topical policy challenges faced by these economies.

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Trade for an Inclusive Circular Economy

Chatham House

Unsustainable use of the earth's resources is a primary driver of the triple threat of pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change. The 100 billion tones of natural resources extracted and processed every year contribute to half of all carbon emissions and 90 per cent of all terrestrial biodiversity loss. The circular economy offers a value-chain approach to tackling this problem. Rather than the current linear flow of materials through the global economy, in which they are extracted, processed, manufactured, used, and finally disposed of as waste a circular economy uses a systemic approach to decouple economic prosperity from material use by maintaining a circular flow of resources through regenerating, retaining or adding to their value, while contributing to sustainable development.

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