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ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY

2020 beirut port explosion

Beirut port explosion: 3 years later, still no one held accountable

August 4, 2020, 6.07pm. The world watched in horror as Beirut, Lebanon's vibrant capital city, was rocked by a devastating explosion. On that fateful day, lives were shattered, buildings crumbled, and an entire nation...
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If Erdoğan loses on May 14, what could happen in the Middle East

The upcoming elections in Turkey on May 14 have sparked a lot of buzz. The current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has been in power for almost two decades, is set to face off...
Lebanon gas agreement

Exploiting Lebanon’s Gas Reserves: The next step

They finally dit it. ENI, TotalEnergies and QatarEnergy signed the long-awaited agreement with the caretaker Lebanese government on January 29. QatarEnergy joined this consortium following the withdrawal of Russia from the agreement. According to...
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Russia-Ukraine war pushing Europe into increased deindustrialization

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has drawn global attention on the Russian Federation, with analysts from many spheres, ranging from economics to military, trying to predict the outcome of the war in their respective...
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Russia-Ukraine crisis: The ramifications on Europe and MENA

Midst ongoing diplomatic efforts to avert what the United States and its allies say is a potential invasion of Ukraine by Russia, let us take a look at the background of the conflict and...
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Lebanon’s energy crisis: Syria is back in the game

The economic crisis in Lebanon has been deepened by an energy crisis following the drying up of imported fuel into the country. This energy crisis has made life in Lebanon acutely difficult as it...
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Russian base in Sudan: An unfinished business?

Things may change between Sudan and Russia. Or not. During a visit to Moscow, Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam al-Mahdi had said, lawmakers from his country would consider an agreement brokered by Sudan's former president Omar...
Lebanon fuel shortage

Lebanon: The looming economic collapse

Basic medical facilities and emergency services won’t be able to face the crisis. It will be game over soon. "Doctors and nurses faced grave dangers as they battled in the frontlines against Covid. Now,...
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Lebanon: Beware of China’s appetite

Vultures are craving to strip the flesh from Lebanon's bones. The August 4, 2020 explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in Lebanon port, stored without adopting due safety measures was an industrial disaster...
beirut 2020 explosion

How “I-don’t-give-a-shitism” and corruption destroyed Beirut

Beirut was destroyed. Once again. On August 4, following a massive explosion that ravaged Beirut’s neighbourhood, including ones up to 10 km away, people in Lebanon got to know of the dangers of leaving...
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