Over the past summer we have seen how a 1°C rise in average global temperature affects the incidence rate of natural disasters. The images of wildfires burning through Amazonia, Siberia, California, Australia, Turkey and Greece are still vivid in the memory, as are the floods that swept down the lower Rhine and across Henan Province in China, and the heatwaves that broke temperature records from Russia to Spain and made some countries all but uninhabitable for those without air-conditioning.
The familiar distinction between hard and soft power, which seemed a useful way to simplify the multidimensional dynamics of interstate influence in the century gone by, seems hopelessly insufficient to describe what is happening in the one we are in now.
Considering the historical example of the Marshall Plan, this Middle East North Africa Forum at Cambride project onsiders the possible contours of a multilateral effort by the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council to reconstruct and stabilize the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, with particular support to Yemen, Syria and Iraq in a way that is both economically sustainable and conducive to the region’s long-term stability.
The Jerusalem First Project was initiated to liberate the agenda of the Middle East peace negotiations. This one year project aimed at offering a new direction for peace mediation in the Middle East in the backdrop of the controversial Trump policies
When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Central Asia and Southeast Asia in September and October of 2013, he raised the initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (hereinafter referred to as the Belt and Road Initiative), which have attracted close attention from all over the world.