It is notoriously known that all countries of the MENA region have deficiencies with respect to freedom generally. This situation is perhaps made worse in the GCC countries as elaborated on in the following proposed article although the 2011 Arab Spring in certain republics of the MENA has born fruits as shown in the performance of Tunisia as compared to its neighbouring states. The Freedom in countries of the MENA and in the world that could nevertheless be considered to be in some democratic transition whilst being still marked by severe abuses of almost all fundamental political rights and civil liberties have been undeniably and accurately jotted down as such in this Report of the Freedom House. Excerpts of this Report are reproduced here. Key Findings With populist and nationalist forces making significant gains in democratic states, 2016 marked the 11th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. There were setbacks in [ . . . ]
Corruption is perceived differently in the MENA region countries but is, as it were used differently across these countries. For instance, as per the latest on corruption in the MENA region and in the world report by Berlin-based Transparency International, the Golf monarchies seem to be least affected by this scourge if compared to the so-called republics. All countries are ranked according to their levels of public sector corruption on the basis of around a dozen world institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF, etc. The highest scorers of the MENA in 2016 are as expected member states of the GCC countries with Qatar and the UAE as top notch. The report found that low ranking countries usually have some sort of cause to effect relationship between corruption and inequality. It said these factors lead to unequal power and wealth distribution as contrary to general belief is most found in the republics part of the MENA. Conversely, it highlighted that countries with higher rankings tend to have “higher degrees of press freedom, access to information about public expenditure, stronger standards of integrity for public officials and independent judicial systems.” The report urged leaders [. . .]
Gérald Karsenti, président de la filiale française Hewlett Packard Enterprise dans Les Echos du 28 Decembre 2016 a écrit un article sur notre sujet regulier du leadership. Il s’agit de ce Leader de demain – du troisième type . Voila à quoi ressemblera le leader de demain. Face aux multiples défis économiques, sociétaux, environnementaux, nous aurons besoin de nouveaux leaders. Gerald Karsenti explique en quoi ces derniers seront différents. Plongés au cœur de la 4ème révolution industrielle, avec des startups bousculant l’ordre établi dans tous les secteurs d’activités, nous avons tous un devoir de remise en cause. Face à la déferlante d’innovations, entreprises et gouvernements doivent s’adapter. Des leaders d’un nouveau genre émergent peu à peu pour accompagner ces mutations profondes. Je les ai appelés les “leaders du troisième type”. En quoi sont-ils différents de leurs prédécesseurs ? Avant toute autre chose, ils ne sont plus narcissiques, du moins pas dans la forme dominante. [. . .]
30 years after Thatcher’s passage in Downing Street, we are still brawling at the ensuing consequences of her deregulating all systems of controls, especially those of the London finance square mile neighbourhood. The paroxysm was reached when the International Labour Organisation in its Global Wage Report 2016/17 announced that CEO’s earns 130 times the average salary. The MENA region then and above all the GCC side of it have just started to waken to the Dolce Vita of a barrel of oil price exceeding anything known before. It is a well known fact that the conditions of work in the MENA are generally far from being ideal but the following article of Stefan Stern, Director, High Pay Centre, a London-based think-tank illustrates well what is happening these days, in the world at large, i.e. increasing earnings disparities between top and bottom of social ladder as well as across the work environment wide range spectrum.
Today’s CEO earns 130 times the average salary. We need to talk about this [. . .]
Written by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum and Regular Author and published on Monday 2 January 2017 is this article that is as it were a reminder of the leadership fragility with respect to be able to foresee the future of a society, country or organisation of any significance. Dr A. Mebtoul disserted at length on the subject and his last contribution that was on Morality of Leaders as factor of stability concerned as per the title of his essay on Algeria’s leaders morality of rather the now obvious lack of it. Leadership priorities in year 2017 would naturally at this conjecture be on everyone’s mind, especially of those in the MENA region. Five leadership priorities for 2017 As the past year has demonstrated, leaders must be responsive to the demands of the people who have entrusted them to lead, while also providing a vision and a way forward, so that people can imagine a better future. True leadership in a complex, uncertain, and anxious world requires leaders to [. . .]
Fighting Terrorism involves Democracy and Development . . . The experience gained on the ground by Algeria in the fight against terrorism is a growing interest of foreign chanceries that discover the dangers of this transnational phenomenon. It is recognized that the strategic role of Algeria as a stabilizing factor in the region and conversely any destabilization would have a negative impact on the entire region. To link Democracy & Development as a Dialectic Relationship with Security was the main theme and purpose of the meeting which took place on September 7th, 2016 in Algiers. This has turned out to be a major international workshop on “the role of democracy in preventing and / or fighting against extremism and terrorism.” Relations between the two shores of the Sahara and the dynamics of the current Saharan conflicts challenge both the countries of the region as well as those of Europe and the USA. Adaptation strategies are needed in the West and particularly in Europe in the direction of their South and the relations of all kinds between the Maghreb and Africa. Where the importance of analysing policies in Africa, Maghreb, changes in geopolitics in the Sahara after the collapse of the Libyan regime, the consequences for the region of Mali’s instability, the importance of trade tensions (formal and informal) across the Sahara . . .