Category: <span>In-depth analysis</span>

Covid-19 spread risk in the African continent

On 14 February 2020, the Egyptian health authorities officially confirmed a Covid-19 case in Egypt, the first in the country and in the entire African continent. The patient, a Chinese citizen travelling to Egypt, was identified upon entering the country during the health screenings currently in force at all Egyptian international airports. Since the beginning […]

General Qassem Soleimani’s killing and the regional implications

On the night of 2 to 3 January 2020, the US performed an airstrike on Baghdad airport against a convoy of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) escorting an Iranian delegation. At least 5 PMF members were killed, including Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, leader of the pro-Iranian Kata’ib Hezbollah militia, and, more importantly, three Iranians, including General […]

Colombia: social protests and possible security-related challenges

Since 21 November 2019, protests have been held throughout the country against the current government’s employment, welfare and security policies. Demonstrations mostly affect the main urban centres, including the capital Bogotá, Cali, Medellin and Cartagena and have often resulted in acts of violence, vandalism and clashes with the police (that have frequently used force to […]

The evolution of al Qaeda, 18 years after the 11 September attacks

Eighteen years after the 11 September attacks, the original core leadership of al Qaeda has almost been completely neutralised. However, international events, particularly insurrections and conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East, have enabled the organization to reorganise and present itself with a different face that, in part, has also changed the perception of […]