Sudan: New Protests Ahead of UN-Sponsored Talks

It’s been a week since Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned from his post, citing a lack of consensus in the country and amid warnings that Sudan was on the brink of disaster. So far, the military rulers have failed to come up with a successor and street protests are continuing unabated. Many names have beenContinue reading “Sudan: New Protests Ahead of UN-Sponsored Talks”

Turkey Is Fighting to Contain Inflation and a Drop of the Lira

While Europe is grappling with a resurgence of the corona crisis and its adequate response, the situation at its borders is deteriorating too – Belarus, Ukraine, Libya to name but a few of the countries where important crises are ongoing. A case for particular concern though is Turkey, or so it should be, because theContinue reading “Turkey Is Fighting to Contain Inflation and a Drop of the Lira”

Tunisia: Opposition to President’s Decree Seems to Increase

When the President of Tunisia suspended the parliament in the summer, many outside observers expected that the population would take to the streets to protest. Turns out that he received a lot of acclaim for the move, but recently the concerns have been emerging, as our correspondent in Tunis writes. The country wedged between AlgeriaContinue reading “Tunisia: Opposition to President’s Decree Seems to Increase”

Turkey and Its Central Bank: Turning Heads

When the Turkish government in mid-October removed three members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), the reaction was somewhat predictable. After all, the writing had been on the wall. But what difference does it make to Turkish monetary policy? Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the all-powerful Turkish president, on Thursday, October 14, ousted three key members ofContinue reading “Turkey and Its Central Bank: Turning Heads”

Coup Attempt in Sudan Serves as a Reminder of the Country’s Fragility

When the news about the attempt coup d’état in Sudan broke, all fingers automatically pointed toward the Muslim Brotherhood. Indeed, frustrated islamists seem a likely source of taking to such drastic steps, but they are not the only ones. From what has emerged so far about the military coup attempt in Khartoum on Tuesday itContinue reading “Coup Attempt in Sudan Serves as a Reminder of the Country’s Fragility”

Talking About President Erdogan’s Health Won’t Make Much of an Impact

Turkey has seen a wave of speculation about their president’s health recently, not for the first time and presumably not for the last either. This may come as little surprise given the importance of Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Turkey – but some observers argue that the whole debate amounts to little more than idle gossip.Continue reading “Talking About President Erdogan’s Health Won’t Make Much of an Impact”

A Study of the Past for Understanding the Sudan of Today

The Economic and Political Development of the Sudanby Francis A. Lees and Hugh C. Brooks The Sudan is one of the (few) exciting cases of democratic transition and as such has featured strongly not only on the frontpages across the world but also as a key factor for international development. Testimony to which was theContinue reading “A Study of the Past for Understanding the Sudan of Today”

Libyan Firms Face Plethora of Challenges

The Private Sector Amid Conflict The Case of Libya by Aminur Rahman and Michele Di Maio The visit of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi to Libya in early April 2021 highlighted the hopes of some of the many actors with a stake in the Libyan drama of escaping the dark years. Italy in particular isContinue reading “Libyan Firms Face Plethora of Challenges”

Turkey and the European Union

The government of President Erdogan and the EU agree that they should talk again. A good step for sure. But will it amount to much? It is too early to say, but some observers say that both sides have lots to gain. For one politically open-minded friend in Istanbul, one thing is certain: Turkey’s advancesContinue reading “Turkey and the European Union”

Ray of Hope for New Economic Policy in Turkey

The change was rather abrupt: Recep Tayyip Erdogan exchanged his central bank governor and the finance minister both within a few days in November. Shortly after, interest rates were dramatically hiked to halt the fall of the Turkish lira. If he had planned to surprise the markets, he has succeeded, but observers still question hisContinue reading “Ray of Hope for New Economic Policy in Turkey”