Very few countries have not been built around sea routes and harbours, seemingly infinite sources of international trade and national increase of wealth. However, some countries without any waterfronts have developed, thus forming territorial enclaves within entire continents. This is the case of Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. Regrouped by the commonly accepted expression of Great Lakes Region, these central-eastern African territories, far from seas and oceans, are described as “inter-lacustrine”. Put together by this relatively abstract geographical structuration, these territories “between the lakes” – although collective imagination may sometimes fantasise this geographical construction -are lands with extremely complex geopolitical situations. Continuer de lire « Opening up the Great Lakes Region – the challenges of East Africa »
While billions of people are quarantined at home, while on our balconies we sing and clap to thank the healthcare professionals and the active workers in the current crisis situation and with great despair, we empathize with the deaths of those who have not been able to resist the virus, we realize that the survival of our Mother Europe is in danger. Continuer de lire « Towards the end of the European dream? »
Salisbury, 4th of March 2018, Sergei Viktorovich Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal are found unconscious, slumped on a bench. The United Kingdom immediately strikes back and publicly finds Russia guilty of poisoning, triggering an unprecedented diplomatic crisis*. In this article, Classe Internationale looks at how the Russian and British press waged a bloody war of information on the Skripal affair.