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By working together to share test results in a harmonized system, border crossing and regional integration was later accelerated within East Africa.

Cross-border travel is confusing after COVID – this framework can help borders reopen safely

When the six nations of the East African Community opened to essential trade in June, COVID-19 testing created kilometers of backed up trucks along the borders as truck drivers waited for hours to get test results

"Even if the Hagia Sophia conversion increases Erdogan’s approval rating by a few percentage points, the boost is unlikely to last. Nothing short of strong economic growth in Turkey will bring back the wider popularity he once enjoyed."

Erdogan’s Big Gamble on the Hagia Sophia

By: EBR | Monday, July 13, 2020

Turkey’s president, desperate to boost his popularity at home, further damages his country’s international standing

“The unconstructive approach of certain members of the Security Council is all the more regrettable at a time when needs have never been greater and in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.”

EU voices concern over UN Syria aid plan

By: EBR | Monday, July 13, 2020

The EU on Sunday (12 June) voiced “deep concern” at a UN move to close an access point for humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria

Ces partis de restauration permettent de garantir l’authenticite, l’harmonie et la coherence de ce chefd’?uvre de l’art gothique. La CNPA a approuve a l’unanimite ces recommandations.

Les Francais, les pelerins et les visiteurs du monde entier retrouveront la cathedrale qu’ils aiment

By: EBR | Monday, July 13, 2020

Les partis de restauration envisages pour la cathedrale NotreDame de Paris ont presente aujourd’hui a la Commission nationale du patrimoine et de l’architecture (CNPA), dont les grands principes ont ete approuves par le President de la Republique

“Multilateralism, for what?” might be the question today. And the reply cannot simply be ‘to be multilateral’, as some would like.

Multilateralism Has Lost Its Way

By: EBR | Thursday, July 9, 2020

Collective intelligence is needed to build a new multilateralism for the 21st century

"COVID-19 has added severe challenges to an international trade regime already strained by geopolitical, societal, economic and environmental tensions. These tensions will not be solved through less collaboration."

Six targets for trade in a post-COVID world

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 8, 2020

COVID-19 lockdown measures hit aspects of trade hard. Merchandise trade volumes shrank by 3% in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the previous year average and estimates suggest an 18.5% drop for the second quarter

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UK Oil and Gas has counted 1,630 wells set to be dismantled in the next decade in British waters – the equivalent of nearly one rig every two days and requiring more than 1.2 million tonnes of concrete and steel to be removed.

Virus crisis threatens to set back oil platform decommissioning

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Oil companies are being forced to cut spending due to a fall in global oil prices, threatening funds earmarked to dismantle dated off-shore rigs, despite environmental risks

 An analysis by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) last year found that doing nothing could increase the number of people who need international humanitarian aid because of floods, storms, droughts and wildfires every year – currently 108 million – 50% by 2030. The total could nearly double, to 200 million people, by 2050.

Preparing for the next crisis - before it’s too late

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 7, 2020

In particular, COVID-19 and recent climate disasters have shown that we must step up investment in preparedness now, instead of waiting for the next crisis to hit

Koike’s rise and her ambitions to lead without any family support also stand out in a country where 30% of all elected members of the Diet are second-generation members, and where politics is seen as a family business.

How Angela Merkel Inspires the Japanese

By: EBR | Friday, July 3, 2020

Germany has always been an inspiration to Japan since the country opened itself up. These days, it may be Angela Merkel and her brand of leadership that inspires Japan the most

A permanent use of air and naval bases in Libya by both Russia and Turkey would be a major game changer for Western Europe’s security and would have implications for NATO and the United States as well.

Libya Is a European Emergency

By: EBR | Friday, July 3, 2020

EU leaders must either decide to act jointly as the European Union or leave Libya’s future in the hands of Russia and Turkey—with dangerous consequences for NATO and for Europe’s security

The initial shock of Covid-19 accentuated long-standing gender imbalances (among other social inequities) across several dimensions, appearing to threaten hard-won development of gender equity.

Making the “New Normal” Better for Women

By: EBR | Thursday, July 2, 2020

How individuals and organisations can keep progressing towards gender balance, in our profoundly disrupted world

Israel, perhaps with the blessing of the Trump administration, will officially annex 30 percent of the West Bank. For those of us who still believe that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and prosperity next to each other in their own respective states, this move is nothing less than a death blow to the two-state solution.

If Israel goes through with West Bank annexation, everyone loses

By: EBR | Monday, June 29, 2020

If all goes well, or wrong — it depends on where you stand — then on July 1, just a few days away, a most dramatic event will occur in the Middle East

"COVID-19 exposed failing systems in the United States and elsewhere because it has been like a slow-moving, powerful hurricane wreaking damage everywhere, instead of isolating its effects to one location."

Rebuilding after COVID-19 shouldn’t mean going back to how things were

By: EBR | Friday, June 26, 2020

"As someone who has been involved in community-building and post-disaster work for nearly 40 years, I know there are typically three stages that occur in the wake of a catastrophe: response, recovery and rebuilding"

The COVID-19 pandemic has come at a critical moment, accelerating a deeper crisis of international cooperation. Resolving both will require significant innovation, and a massive cooperative effort to achieve a stable equilibrium between economic growth and social wellbeing.

COVID-19: 3 myths and 5 solutions for the future of multilateralism

By: EBR | Thursday, June 25, 2020

A sudden shock upends routine decision-making and forces leaders to take urgent action. A combination of mistrust, misperception, and fear dissolves the bonds that sustain modern civilization

Transport accounts for 23% of global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions today and for 34% of the 2050 urban GHG abatement potential.

Here’s why e-mobility must be at the heart of the green recovery

By: EBR | Thursday, June 25, 2020

E-mobility remains one of the best solutions for combatting the twin challenges of the economic and climate crises

"Over the past year, Canberra has chosen to strengthen its political and diplomatic ties with Washington in an unannounced but obvious belief that its vital strategic relationship with the United States obliges it to take the U.S. side in the increasingly troubled relationship with China."

Australia’s Strategic Shift to the United States Infuriates China

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 24, 2020

While Australia wants Europe to take a tougher line on China, joining a liberal-democratic front to counter Beijing’s increasing assertiveness and bullying comes with great risks

"Depending on its depth and duration, the crisis could lead to a more cooperative or a more divided world. Or it could lead to ongoing tension between these two alternatives for an indefinite period."

Geopolitics After COVID 19: Conflict or Cooperation?

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In absolute terms, all states or groups of states around the globe are going to emerge weakened from the 2020 coronavirus crisis

"No doubt Russia will be pleased with such news since Trump’s announcement could fuel anti-American and anti-NATO sentiment in Germany. The opposition Left party has repeatedly called for all American troops to leave Germany."

Why Pulling U.S. Troops Out of Germany Damages America

By: EBR | Friday, June 19, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump uses troops as leverage against Germany, a move that will undermine America’s strategic and global interests and further sour the transatlantic relationship

"If you think corruption is bad today, then get ready for far more challenging times ahead, thanks to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic — and the responses to it from governments."

COVID 19: Assessing the Global Corruption Fallout

By: EBR | Thursday, June 18, 2020

Corruption is bad today, but bound to get worse. Governments’ response to the COVID 19 pandemic amplifies the opportunities for abuse

Trump seems convinced that the key to winning in November is to rev up and mobilise the base and that whichever party does the best job turning out its voters will win. During a recent lunch meeting with Senate Republicans he touted polling showing that Republican voters are more enthusiastic about voting for him than Democrats are voting for Biden.

Trump’s reelection campaign starts in Tulsa, Oklahoma

By: EBR | Thursday, June 18, 2020

More than one million people have applied for tickets to President Trump’s first scheduled rally since states began efforts to resume activities following weeks after the lockdown measures of the coronavirus pandemic

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