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L'affrontement des puissances en Méditerranée orientale

Akram Zaoui & Dorothée Schmid (IFRI) | 30 Apr 2021

La Méditerranée orientale a figuré en bonne place de l’actualité de ces derniers mois. Vieil espace de civilisation, objet de disputes et d’ambitions contradictoires entre puissances régionales ou internationales depuis des siècles, la Méditerranée orientale est le théâtre de rivalités intensifiées par la découverte, cette dernière décennie, d’importantes réserves de gaz naturel. Plus récemment, ce sont les menées turques qui ont beaucoup fait parler d’elles. Or celles-ci semblent largement inspirées par une doctrine qui demeure peu connue, celle dite de la Patrie Bleue (Mavi Vatan) à laquelle l’IFRI et le PCNS consacrent une note à paraître en ce mois d’avril 2021. Pour en parler, Akram Zaoui reçoit pour ce podcast Dorothée Schmid, fondatrice et responsable du programme Turquie de l’Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI).

Bridging the Gender Gap: Women and Girls in Biotech

Lilia Rizk & Prince Boadu | 28 Apr 2021

The under-representation of African women in science and its related fields is a cause for concern. Although women in Africa are on their way to realizing their full potential, there is still a yawning gap between women and men in some careers and professions, particularly those in the sciences. This has been the case for a growing field such as Biotechnology. Biotechnology involves the use of natural sciences coupled with engineering to solve problems and is known to possess the potential in mitigating challenges confronting African countries including hunger, diseases, the need for raw materials, and pollution.

Crisis in Venezuela: national and regional consequences

Anna Ayuso Pozo | 26 Apr 2021


This podcast is performed by Anna Ayuso Pozo. The parliamentary elections on December 6 in Venezuela opened a new political era. The magnitude of the defeat of the governmental forces leaves no doubt about the vote against the authoritarian drift of the socialist revolution. The Congress is now in the hands of the opposition coalition that achieved 2/3 qualified majority (112 deputies). The vote was a clear punishment to the government led by Nicolas Maduro, who was appointed successor of the former President Hugo Chavez. He was unable to lead the adaptation demanded by the challenges of a changing economic cycle and contributed to polarize the society. Venezuela is now a test of the dilemmas of a continent that seeks to gain autonomy and overcome the endemic inequality gaps while trying to consolidate still imperfect democratic institutions. The Caribbean country is now a challenge for regional stability. Regional institutions, as UNASUR and CELAC, created over the last decade to give greater autonomy in resolving political crisis will be forces to act. This session will explore recent changes Venezuela's national policy and its regional implications in a context of changing political cycle.

L'humanitaire, maillon faible de la gestion de la Covid-19 en Afrique

Mohammed Loulichki & Abdessalam Jaldi | 23 Apr 2021

L’expansion spectaculaire de la pandémie de la Covid-19 a reconduit le débat sur l’efficacité des mécanismes et des normes de protection des populations vulnérables, qui dans le contexte africain, furent véritablement mises à l’épreuve. Les répercussions socio-économiques de la crise sanitaire n’affectèrent pas seulement les partis juridiquement vulnérables, mais aussi les communautés d’accueil, accentuant la dépendance de l’Afrique à l’égard d’une aide humanitaire sur-sollicitée, dans une conjoncture internationale où le principe de la solidarité internationale semble trouver peu d’écho

Bridging the Gender Gap: Women Empowerment in Africa

Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr (ADEL) & Nihal El Mquirmi | 21 Apr 2021

The African Union declared 2010-2020 as the African Women's Decade. By devoting an entire Decade to women, African leaders have demonstrated their political will and commitment to promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights. Progress was made in translating commitment into measurable action, as most African countries took giant steps to elevate the status of women through legal and constitutional means, institutional gender mechanisms as well as creating conducive environments for women to realize their potential. In today's conversation, Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr, Founder of SheROARS, Director of Community Building and Communications at the Ubuntu Foundation and an Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader, defines women empowerment, talks about the developments in Africa in terms of advancing gender equality, and discusses her work to empower African women to unleash their full potential.