Donald Trump was able to do for white Americans what Obama did for black Americans  

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

In 2008 the country was on the verge of a revolution. The Bush administration had prolonged the war in Iraq and America’s global standing was at an all-time low. A man who in all likeness was the complete foil of the Bush administration appeared. Barack Obama was seen as the symbol of hope for a wayward and war-weary America.  Black …

Dependency is at the heart of African insecurity

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Although the African Union has something of collective ‘force’, African security has been inexorably bound to external intervention that in many cases has left a state of greater instability and insecurity among states which even after such interventions, continue to struggle with the very internal conflicts it sought to contain.

ESG’s Greatest Obstacle: The Reluctance to ‘Sacrifice’

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

COP21 and COP22 should be hailed, if for different reasons than they currently are. For whilst optimism appears sky-high and much needed attention is being given to the topic (reflected in the number of ESG conferences taking place in recent times), the reality is that the investment world (or worlds) is now embroiled in a game of ‘who blinks first?’ The reasoning …

Why Erdogan lambasted Iraq’s Abadi

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Erdogan had harsh words for Iraqi Prime Minsiter Haider al-Abadi. On the diplomatic front, the Turkish President may well have transgressed on Iraq’s sovereignty and there are legitimate question marks over the presence of Turkish troops on Iraqi soil. However, in the wider context, Erdogan has simply described the current status quo, and called out the Iraqi demands for what they …