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Waterworks around the Nile

Pr. Marc Lavergne, Senior Fellow Researcher (Emeritus) on MENA & Horn of Africa at the French National Center for Scientific Research (French). Negotiations just started in Washington between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia this 6th

A world under fire

Pr. Marc Lavergne, Senior Fellow Researcher (Emeritus) on MENA & Horn of Africa at the French National Center for Scientific Research (French). A few days ago, Amin Maalouf, a celebrated novelist and thinker, member of the French Academy, who among

The Sahel, failed States or failed Aid ?

Pr. Marc Lavergne, Senior Fellow Researcher (Emeritus) on MENA & Horn of Africa at the French National Center for Scientific Research (French). The recent summoning by President Macron of the Sahelian leaders has been met with sharp popular criticism in

Japan Getting into the Middle East Hot Water

Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Religion and Global Security Japan’s ruling coalition parties approved a proposed plan for sending Japan’s Self Defense Forces (JSDF) vessels to the Middle East. Based on that, in the coming week, probably on Dec. 23, the Japanese

“Counter Terrorism Strategy” Learning lessons: improving counter terrorism

Expectations of what can be achieved when lessons are sought on improving counter terrorism must be realistic, writes Dr Samantha Newbery, reader in International Security at the University of Salford Twenty-two terror plots were foiled in the UK between March

Japan-Saudi Joint Vision

Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Religion and Global Security, University of Tokyo At the Group of 20 Foreign Ministers meeting which was held on Nov. 23, 2019 in Nagoya, Japan, Saudi Arabia’s new foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud was

Nakamura: A Pacifist Extremist

A prominent Japanese physician and humanitarian aid worker Tetsu Nakamura killed in Jalalabad in Nangarhar province of eastern Afghanistan on December 5. He was gunned down along with 5 Afghan colleagues in an attack against his vehicle by an unknown

Looming Great Wall

Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Religion and Global Security, University of Tokyo. Throughout the year 2019, we have celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. There was not much festive mood. It was as if we were mourning

More Humane Way of Security

Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Religion and Global Security, University of Tokyo Dr. Sadako Ogata, Japan’s most famous United Nations administrator, scholar and diplomat passed away on October 22 at the age of 92. Sadako was born in a high-class family and

Japan’s Difficult Balancing-Act

Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Religion and Global Security, University of Tokyo President Trump’s abrupt order to abandon Syrian Kurds and the subsequent twists of decisions have led East Asian allies of the United States to a deep reflection. From a point