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Benjamin Romain

Founding Partner, Okan – Strategy and Financial Advisory, consulting firm dedicated to Africa since 2013. Previously, he served as consultant at McKinsey & Company (2009-2013). He was also an analyst at AXA Private Equity (2008) and at PAI Partners (2007-2008). He graduated from HEC Paris.

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Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour

President, Institute for Political & International Studies (IPIS). He is also Head of Center for International Research and Education (known as Deputy for Research and Education). He was an advisor to the Iranian Minister Foreign Affairs on Strategic Issues (2013-2016). He was also Ambassador of Iran to the United Nation in Geneva (2003-2004). He served as Director General of Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) (1999-2003). He has been Editor in Chief of Iranian Review of Foreign Affairs. He graduated from the University of Tehran and he holds a PhD in political science from George Washington University.

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Sékou Kouréissy Condé

President of the African Crisis Group. His work at the head of ACG, increasingly recognized in Africa, is based on his rich experience as Minister of Security, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Secretary General of the National Transitional Council and as Ombudsman of the Republic of Guinea. He was successively a fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, professor and researcher at the Institute for African and Afro-American studies of the University of New York (NYU) and Adjunct Professor at the University of Columbia in the US. He graduated from the Universities of Kankan and Conakry. He holds a PhD in law from the Charles University in Prague and a PhD in political sociology from the University of Fribourg.

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John Sawers

Chairman and Partner, Macro Advisory Partners. He joined the firm in 2015 after completing his five-year tenure as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). Prior to leading MI6, he was the UK’s Ambassador to the United Nations (2007-2009), Political Director of the Foreign Office (2003-2007), Special Representative in Iraq (2003), Ambassador to Cairo (2001-2003), and Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair (1999-2001). He is a Non-Executive Director of BP, a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, a Senior Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation. He studied at the universities of Nottingham, St Andrews, Witwatersrand and Harvard.

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Patrick de Castelbajac

Head of Airbus Strategy and International since 2017. He began his career in the aeronautical industry at MBDA in 1997, before spending three years with Baker & McKenzie. He joined Airbus in 2002. At the end of 2010, he joined the Commercial Division of Airbus and was appointed Vice-President Contract. In 2014, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ATR. In 2016, in the frame of the Airbus reorganization, he came back to Airbus as member of the Executive Committee, becoming Corporate Secretary (of Airbus Commercial Aircraft) and Executive Vice-President Strategy (of Airbus Group). He has a DESS (advanced post-graduate diploma) from the University of Bordeaux, and a DEA (advanced post-graduate diploma) from the Sorbonne University and Paris II Assas. He is a qualified attorney (CAPA) with the Paris Bar.

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Oliver Bussmann

Founder and Managing Partner, Bussmann Advisory. He also holds important mandates in industry associations, including as President of the Swiss Crypto Valley Association, Global Ambassador for UK-based Innovate Finance and as a Board Member of Identity 2020. He served as was Group Chief Information Officer of UBS (2013-2016). Prior to joining UBS, he was Global Chief Information Officer at SAP, and before that CIO for North America & Mexico at Allianz. Previous roles have included executive positions at Deutsche Bank and IBM. He has been included twice on the Financial News “FinTech 40″ list of innovators shaping the future of finance.

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Richard Burt

Managing Director of McLarty Associates. He has led the firm’s work in Europe and Eurasia since 2007. He was a partner with McKinsey & Company (1992-1995). He also served as US Chief Negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with the former Soviet Union. Prior to this, he was US Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany (1985-1989). He worked at the State Department as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian affairs (1983-1985). He also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He graduated from Cornell University and from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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Christoph Beier

Vice-Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) since 2011. He held several positions at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (2000-2010) and among others Managing Director, Director General of the Country Department Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Director General of the Country Department Mediterranean Region, Europe and Central Asian Countries. He was also a Research associate to the chair of economic and social geography, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (1991-1996). He is member of the Board and Honorary Professor of Tongji University, Shanghai. He holds a doctorate degree from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB).

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Jihad Azour

Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund since 2017. He served as Lebanon’s Finance Minister (2005-2008). Before and since his time as finance minister, he held a wide range of posts in the private sector, including McKinsey and Booz and Co. where he served as vice president and senior executive advisor (2009-2013). Prior to joining the Fund he was a managing partner at advisory and investment firm Inventis Partners. He holds a PhD in International Finance and a post-graduate degree in International Economics and Finance, both from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He also did research on emerging economies and their integration into the global economy as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard, and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics and Finance from Dauphine University, Paris.

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Ali Aslan

Berlin-based presenter, talk show host and journalist who has worked for global TV networks such as CNN, ABC News, Channel News Asia and Deutsche Welle TV. He was a policy and media advisor to the German government. He has been named a Young Leader by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the American Council on Germany, the BMW Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Munich Security Conference, the Atlantik-Brücke and the Körber Network Foreign Policy. He holds masters degrees in Journalism and International Affairs from Columbia University and has received his bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Georgetown University.

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Ilona Antoniszyn

Economist, local and national government official, politician, Poland. She served as undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Economy, responsible for international trade, investment and European Funds (2011-2015), secretary of the Chief Executive Committee of the Polish People’s Party (PSL) (2012-2015) and Deputy Governor (Voivode) of Dolnośląskie Region (2010-2011). She graduated from the Viadrina European University in Frankfurt (Oder) and from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. She acquired international experience at the École Nationale d’Administration in Paris and Helsinki University of Technology, among others.

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James Stuewe

Analyst, Priorities Integration Directorate, Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), Government of Canada. He started his time in Ottawa at the apex of the public service supporting the Clerk and the Prime Minister at the Privy Council Office. At the same time he was selected as a Fellow in the Action Canada public policy leadership program, participating in a yearlong program with leaders and influencers in regions across the country. He worked in consulting for Deloitte and the Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto. Prior to working in Toronto, he worked for both municipal and provincial governments in Nova Scotia. He graduated from Dalhousie University.

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Aminata Touré

Former Prime Minister of Senegal (2013-2014). She also served as Minister of Justice, Attorney General (2012-2013). She has been Special Envoy of President Macky Sall for internal and external Affairs since 2015. In October 2015, she was Head of the African Union Observation Mission for Ivory Coast Elections. She was also Director of the Gender and Human Rights World Department of the United Nations Population Funds in New York (2009-2012). She holds a PhD in International Business Administration and Finances from the International School of Management ISM in New York and Paris, a MBA from University of Dijon Business School, France and a Master Degree in Economics from Aix Marseille II University, France.

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Aleksandar Vučić

President of the Republic of Serbia since 2017. He joined the Serbian Radical Party in 1993. The same year he was elected an MP into the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, and he was elected the Secretary General of the Serbian Radical party in 1994. He stayed in that position until 2008. In 2012, he was appointed the Minister of Defense and the First Deputy Prime Minister, in charge of fight against crime and corruption. As of September 2013, he kept only the position of the First Deputy Prime Minister. He was also Prime Minister of Serbia (2014-2016). He graduated from “Zemunska gimnazija”, and from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade.

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Mohamed Abdellahi Yaha

Chairman and CEO, Maurinvest Group, which he founded in 2011. It is a company that develops industries and add values through fundings with international partners. He is also the Chairman/CEO of MAURILOG a logistics services & transport company for Industrial Projects, Oil & Gas and Mining activities in Mauritania. He started in the fishing business at the age of 28. He is the founder of MIP SEAFOOD, the unique Mauritanian company able to reach Europeans standards allowed to export directly transformed products from the sea. He has been providing overboard motors for the fishing sector for the past 20 years. He served as Minister of investment in Mauritania. He graduated from ENSM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique) in France.

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Yi Xiaozhun

Deputy Director-General at the World Trade Organization since 2013. He has extensive experience in world trade and economics, both as a senior government official and subsequently as China’s ambassador to the WTO. Prior to becoming China’s ambassador to the WTO in 2011, he was Assistant Minister and subsequently China’s Vice Minister of Commerce in charge of multilateral and regional trade negotiations and cooperation. Besides his contribution to China’s WTO accession, he played a leading role in negotiating numerous free trade agreements (FTAs), including the China-ASEAN agreement, China’s first FTA. He also worked as a diplomat at the Chinese Embassy in the United States for more than four years from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. He obtained a Master’s degree in economics from Nankai University in China in 1999.

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Marina Hashim

Managing Director, Middle East Region, Electricité de France (EdF)since 2014, based in Abu Dhabi. She is an advisor to the French Foreign Trade since 2011. In 2012, she became Managing Director for MENA and Turkey for Alstom Transport. She was Country President for Near East at Alstom in Amman (Jordan) (2009-2012). In 2008, she was Project Manager at Bouygues Travaux Publics (Construction). In 2005, she settled in Jakarta (Indonesia) and held the position of Deputy Sales Director for Areva Transmission & Distribution until 2007. She graduated from the French school SUPELEC.

Xi Jinping, Trump, Poutine : un trio de durs face à une Europe trop douce

08.12.16 Par Alain Frachon Ces trois-là ont tout pour se comprendre. Donald Trump à Washington, Xi Jinping à Pékin et Vladimir Poutine à Moscou s’entendent sur un point clé : « la communauté internationale », c’est eux – et personne d’autre. L’ancien promoteur new-yorkais, le « communiste aux caractéristiques chinoises » et l’ex-officier du KGB ont la même méthode de travail : le rapport de force. Ils ont la même vision du monde : une affaire de brutes. Les doux Européens, volontiers confiants dans l’extension de la notion d’Etat de droit à la vie internationale, n’ont guère d’illusions à entretenir. Poutine, Trump et Xi Jinping, nationalistes convaincus, veulent façonner le monde à leur main. Un peu partout, l’idéal démocratique-libéral est en perte de vitesse et, avec lui, celui d’un ordre international qui serait régi par la norme de droit. Il n’y a qu’à Bruxelles qu’on cultive encore ce dernier rêve. Les « Trois » se retrouvent dans la défense de leur zone [...]

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Chorzy i niepełnosprawni Polacy nie obronią swojego kraju. Zdrowie to podstawa, żeby było bezpiecznie

08.12.16 ANNA KACZMAREK Bezpieczeństwo narodowe większości z nas kojarzy się z dużą, silną armią i nowoczesnym uzbrojeniem. Mało kto dostrzega znaczenie bezpieczeństwa narodowego w zdrowym społeczeństwie i sprawnie działającym systemie opieki zdrowotnej. Jeśli komuś trudno to sobie wyobrazić, niech sięgnie pamięcią do fabuły popularnej gry strategicznej „Twierdza”, w której twórcy pokazali, że w walce z wrogiem na nic szwadrony świetnego wojska i pełne zapasów spichlerze, kiedy lud trapią epidemie. To oczywiście uproszczenie, rodem z gry, której akcja dzieje się w Średniowieczu. W realnym świecie trudno jednak wyobrazić sobie, że kraj jest w stanie się obronić przed wrogiem, jeśli jego obywateli trapią choroby i epidemie. Nie mówiąc już o tym, że chore i kalekie wojsko raczej nie obroni kraju. Już w Średniowieczu o to dbali Tak jak we wspomnianej grze, w dawnych czasach wytrawni stratedzy wojskowi planowali nie tylko ruchy swoich wojsk, ale również pamiętali o kwestiach zabezpieczenia zdrowotnego ludności np. [...]

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HE Prime Minister Opens 9th World Policy Conference

20.11.16 Doha/Information Office/20 November 2016/ HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani opened the 9th edition of the World Policy Conference at Doha Sheraton Hotel today. The opening session was attended by a number of Their Excellencies ministers, members of diplomatic missions accredited to Qatar and guests. In his opening speech, HE Prime Minister welcomed the participants of the 9th World Policy Conference, and extended his thanks to French Institute of International Relations and to all those who contributed to the organization of this conference. His Excellency said we are all aware that our modern world is going through an unusual stage full of serious challenges for security, stability and sustainable development due to the continued disruption of the global system which suffers from double standards in dealing with peoples’ issues. However, more efforts should be made to maximize what has been achieved [...]

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HE Prime Minister Opens 9th World Policy Conference

20.11.16 Doha, November 20 (QNA) – HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani opened the 9th edition of the World Policy Conference at Doha Sheraton Hotel today. The opening session was attended by a number of Their Excellencies ministers, members of diplomatic missions accredited to Qatar and guests. In his opening speech, HE Prime Minister welcomed the participants of the 9th World Policy Conference, and extended his thanks to French Institute of International Relations and to all those who contributed to the organization of this conference. His Excellency said we are all aware that our modern world is going through an unusual stage full of serious challenges for security, stability and sustainable development due to the continued disruption of the global system which suffers from double standards in dealing with peoples’ issues. However, more efforts should be made to maximize what has been [...]

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Remus Borza participa la World Policy Conference

22.11.16 Remus Borza, presedinte EuroInsol si candidat ALDE Brasov pentru Camera Deputatilor participa in perioada 20-23 noiembrie la cea de-a lX-a editie a , in Doha, Qatar. In fiecare an la acest eveniment participa sute de personalitati din intreaga lume(sefi de stat,premieri,ministri,diplomati,bancheri,academicieni,profesori,sefi de mari companii,ziaristi,etc). Si la aceasta editie s-au discutat teme de mare actualitate: America dupa alegerea lui Trump, UK dupa Brexit, rolul Turciei in Europa dupa puciul esuat, viitorul Orientului Mijlociu, Africa, noul El Dorado al secolului XXl, viitorul Uniunii Europene, combaterea Terorismului, noile schimbari in economia globala, criza hidrocarburilor, sanatate si educatie, etc.

Remus Borza, la a lX-a editie a World Policy Conference

22.11.16 In perioada 20-23 noiembrie se desfăşoară, la Doha, în Qatar, cea de-a lX-a editie a World Policy Conference. In fiecare an, la acest eveniment participa sute de personalitati din intreaga lume (sefi de stat, premieri, ministri, diplomati, bancheri, academicieni, profesori, sefi de mari companii, ziaristi etc). La aceasta editie s-au discutat teme de mare actualitate: America dupa alegerea lui Trump, UK dupa Brexit, Rolul Turciei in Europa dupa puciul esuat, Viitorul Orientului Mijlociu, Africa – noul El Dorado al secolului XXl, Viitorul Uniunii Europene,Combaterea Terorismului, Noile schimbari in economia globala, Criza hidrocarburilor, Sanatate si Educatie etc. La eveniment a fost invitat și Remus Borza, cel care a fost declarat omul anului în Energie, candidatul ALDE Braşov la Camera Deputaţilor. Comandat de ALDE Brașov, realizat de Sed Media SRL

Remus Borza, prezent la Doha, Qatar, la cea dea IX-a editie a World Policy

22.11.16 In perioada 20-23 noiembrie are loc la Doha,Qatar, cea de-a lX-a editie a World Policy Conference.In fiecare an participa la acest eveniment  sute de personalitati din intreaga lume (sefi de stat,premieri,ministri,diplomati,bancheri,academicieni,profesori,sefi de mari companii,ziaristi,etc). La eveniment a participat si Remus Borza, salvatorul Hidroelectrica  si candidat ALDE Brasov la Camera Deputatilor.  In cadrul acestei editii s-au discutat teme de mare actualitate:America dupa alegerea lui Trump,UK dupa Brexit,Rolul Turciei in Europa dupa puciul esuat,Viitorul Orientului Mijlociu,Africa, noul El Dorado al secolului XXl,Viitorul Uniunii Europene,Combaterea Terorismului, Noile schimbari in economia globala, Criza hidrocarburilor, Sanatate si educatie,etc.

Gadio sur l’Agenda 2063: «Ce que la Corée du Sud a fait en 20 ans, l’Afrique s’engage à le faire en …100 ans»

24.11.16 Seul panéliste africain subsaharien de la World Policy Conference tenue cette du 20 au 22 novembre 2016 à Doha (Qatar), Dr Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, Président de l’IPS, n’a pas du tout été tendre avec l’Agenda 2063 de l’Union africaine. Selon l’ancien chef de la Diplomatie sénégalaise, l’Agenda 2063 déjà concurrencé par la fièvre épidémique des «Plans émergents» individuels, souvent irréalistes et solidement ancrés dans la poursuite suicidaire des “chevauchées individuelles pour un échec collectif”, contient un aveu de taille: «Ce que la Corée du Sud a réalisé en 2 décennies l’Afrique s’engage à le faire en… 100 ans». «Ce pays asiatique, dira Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, qui était au même niveau que le Sénégal et le Ghana en 1960 a aujourd’hui un PIB équivalent à celui des 25 pays d’Afrique regroupés dans le marché du Nord-est et du Sud du continent. Au total, parmi les 54 pays de l’Afrique hyper-balkanisée [...]

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Cheikh Tidiane Gadio à la World Policy Conference : « Mutualiser les forces pour aider l’Afrique à défendre l’Afrique… »

22.11.2016 Ndeya G. À l’occasion de la World Policy Conference, tenue cette année à Doha au Qatar (20-22 novembre), le Docteur Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, Président de l’IPS, et Nathalie Delapalme, Directrice exécutive à la Fondation Mo Ibrahim, ont co-animé un Panel sur « Sécurité et développement économique en Afrique ». La « World Policy Conference », un rendez-vous annuel initié, depuis 9 ans par Thierry de Montbrial, Président de l’IFRI, réunit des experts de haut niveau et des membres d’instituts académiques et des leaders de Think Tank de référence de tous les continents pour faire le point sur l’état du monde et proposer des perspectives. Dr. Gadio, seul panéliste originaire de l’Afrique sub-saharienne, a séduit les participants, selon un communiqué parvenu à notre rédaction, par une analyse et des propositions loin de la langue de bois et appelant sans ambages à une rupture paradigmatique urgente sur les questions de sécurité et de développement en [...]

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World Policy Conference opened in Doha

20.11.16 Embassy of Ukraine in Qatar On November 20, 2016 the Ninth session of the International Conference of World Policy, dedicated to the issues of global governance kicked off in Doha. This year it takes place under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, who addressed the forum with a welcoming speech. The Key-speakers of the event were Minister of Foreign Affairs of France H.E. Mr.Jean-Marc Ayrault  and the former Turkish Prime Minister Mr.Ahmet Davutoglu (photo). The main messages of the French Foreign minister`s address were: – The international community must build “bridges of trust” between East and West; – Humanitarian tragedy in Syria was caused by the actions of the Syrian regime; – Only solidarity and unity of efforts of the whole international community can put an end to terrorism, radicalism and violence; – The fight against international terrorism requires connecting all major partner [...]

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Club Romania, la World Policy Conference, Ediția Doha, Qatar

06.12.16 Club România a participat pentru al patrulea an consecutiv la World Policy Conference, una dintre cele mai importante conferințe internaționale dedicată problemelor guvernanței globale, care s-a desfășurat în perioada 20-22 noiembrie, la Doha, Qatar. În acest an, pe agenda întâlnirii, la care au participat înalți reprezentanți de stat și de guvern, ambasadori, personalități din mediul cultural și universitar internațional, lideri din zona de business și financiar-economică, societate civilă și mass-media, s-au aflat teme precum: „Europa după Brexit”, „Rolul european și internațional al Turciei”, „Schimbările tehnologice și noul contract social”, „Uniunea Europeană-ce urmează?”, „Lumea după alegerile americane”, „Spațiul-marea aventură tehnologică”, Combaterea Terorismului, Noile schimbari in economia globala, Criza hidrocarburilor,. Club România a fost reprezentat atât la sesiunile plenare cât și la workshop-uri. Acad. Daniel Dăianu, membru CA al BNR a participat la panelul „Finance and Economy”, în calitate de speaker, iar Daniela Lulache, CEO Nuclearelectrica a avut o intervenție în [...]

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Au Liban, la crise des réfugiés ne doit plus se traiter dans l’urgence mais s’inscrire dans la politique de développement

06.12.16 VIRGINIE ROBERT Le Liban ploie sous le fardeau des réfugiés. Les solutions provisoires ne suffisent plus. « La situation au Liban est catastrophique et explosive », prévient le docteur Kamel Mohanna, fondateur de l’association Amel et coordinateur du collectif des ONG libanaises et arabes. Selon l’ONU, 1,1 million de Syriens (1,5 million selon le gouvernement) sont répartis dans 1.400 villages et 1.900 camps informels. Les Libanais veulent partager le fardeau. « Il est temps que la solidarité prime sur l’identité et la sécurité. Oui à l’Europe solidaire, non à l’Europe forteresse », plaide avec force le médecin dont l’association figurait parmi les nobélisables pour la paix cette année. A peine la moitié des fonds promis pour la communauté internationale (7 milliards de dollars) ont été versés. Et « 60 % de l’argent distribué est utilisé pour la logistique des associations », regrette Kamel Mohanna. « En un an, tous les services publics ont été saturés », constate Olivier Ray, responsable de l’unité prévention des crises et relèvement post-conflit [...]

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