In the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, drones are well known for their military uses, whether for surveillance or air strikes. They have even won literary acclaim, with the recent publication of a thriller by an author writing under the pseudonym Doa, whose title, “Pukhtu primo” is a clear allusion to this part of the world.
The privilege of issuing a stamp or stopping the calendar: two ways of expressing sovereignty, which is the only power that can stamp its mark in this way and give time meaning; two universal aspects of nationhood, which arose with nations themselves and are inseparable from them. North Korea, which constantly asserts its uniqueness, does not neglect either of them.
When I started at Sotheby’s in 2010 in the Russian Art Department, I discovered a world where passion for art and record prices for the works of most sought-after artists were combined through the magic of the auction.
Karim Ben Cheikh is an expert at the Analysis, Planning and Strategy Centre (CAPS). From 13 to 19 September 2015, he accompanied a delegation of 14 Tunisian members of parliament visiting French institutions. He tells us of this marathon of a week, during which he also had a paper on “migrations” to finish! A look back on a visit that was also an opportunity for him to remember his childhood in Tunisia.
When I Arrived in the Republic of Guinea in August 2012 as a military cooperator, I thought I would be working in the framework of conventional missions organized by the Ministry’s Security and Defence Cooperation Directorate (DCSD). The shock of the Ebola crisis made me change my approach.