Opening up the Great Lakes Region – the challenges of East Africa

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 »

La Grèce après 1945 : une société qui se déchire (1)

La Grèce entre en guerre le 28 octobre 1940 aux côtés des Alliés sur différents fronts. Rapidement, les Allemands occupent le territoire grec et la collaboration du gouvernement conservateur de droite fait basculer les rapports de force. Les communistes se retrouvent alors dans l’opposition, soutenus par les Britanniques qui souhaitent plus que tout combattre la présence nazie au Sud de l’Europe – quand bien même … Continuer de lire La Grèce après 1945 : une société qui se déchire (1)

Modern Turkey and neo-ottomanism

             Neo-ottomanism is a Turkish political ideology that promotes greater political engagement of the modern Republic of Turkey within regions formerly under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. More recently, it has been associated with the promotion of reviving Ottoman culture and traditions within Turkey. Continuer de lire « Modern Turkey and neo-ottomanism »