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A New Cold War Erupts in the Shadow of Food Crises

Global commodity markets face upside risks from reduced grain supply, higher energy prices, higher fertilizer prices, and disruption to trade due to the closure of major seaports such as Pivdennyi, Odessa, Mykolaiv, and Chornomorsk, which account for about 80% of the total throughput of Ukrainian seaports.

How to Read Russian Expansionism in Africa

 Thus, Russia is turning to countries in Africa with which it had close ties during the Soviet period, especially in North Africa and the Horn of Africa, and has already signed economic and military agreements with Egypt, Algeria, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and the Central African Republic.

The Gamesmanship of Straits in Global Politics

Read: The Great Reconfiguration of Global Supply ChainsThis waterway, located between the Arab Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, represents an economic and political entanglement of players in the Red Sea region, but also one of the straits most subject to violence, famine, piracy, and the global pandemic effects – most notably along the Somali coasts.

Piracy and the Global Military Presence in the Gulf of Aden

The first and foremost difference is that unlike pirate attacks in other parts of the world, such as the Straits of Malacca (located between Malaysia and Indonesia), pirate assaults in the Horn of Africa mostly target large vessels and bulk carriers that often transport coal and iron ore, and tanker ships that transport petroleum, chemicals, and crude oil.

To Counter Turkey, Saudi Arabia Backs the YPG in Syria

The deepening of Saudi Arabia’s partnership with the YPG unfolds against the backdrop of scores of other issues that have severely tested Ankara-Riyadh relations in recent years from the Qatar crisis to the Jamal Khashoggi saga, and geopolitical competition in the Horn of Africa to the politics of post-2011 Egypt, as well as the failed coup plot against Turkey’s government in 2016.

The EU-Africa Summit: Africa Deserves Better

On the same token, contrary to European efforts that seek to establish off-shore asylum processing centers and in contrary to “selective migration management,” Turkey has emerged as a new model on peace-making and fair partnership due to its humanitarian missions and military operations against terrorism and piracy, especially in the Horn of Africa.