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Crisis, Conflict and the Political Economy of the Middle East Region
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Crisis, Conflict and the Political Economy of the Middle East Region

Any attempt to understand the political economy of the Middle East must begin with the area´s significance to global capitalism. The discovery of vast supplies of hydrocarbons was to position the Middle East at the center of world politics.

8 juny 2015
Towards a Strong, Inclusive and Transnational Women’s Rights Movement in the Arab World. A Matter of EU-Mediterranean Policy?
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Towards a Strong, Inclusive and Transnational Women’s Rights Movement in the Arab World. A Matter of EU-Mediterranean Policy?

Although women made an important contribution to the Arab Spring, they are no longer playing a comparable role in the reorganization of political life in the Arab transition countries.

4 maig 2015
Maghrebi Foreign Policies – A Comparative Analysis
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Maghrebi Foreign Policies – A Comparative Analysis

Comparing the foreign policies of the three Maghrebi states seems to make sense: after all three of them were colonized by France, they became independent alomost at the same time.

15 desembre 2014
An Overview and Assessment on the Current Conflicts in the Arab Media: A Critical Vision
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An Overview and Assessment on the Current Conflicts in the Arab Media: A Critical Vision

The Arab media has been influenced by emerging news that has been reshaping the political arena over the last few years, in particular the high mobilization of several conflicts and wars in the region.

8 desembre 2014
Regional Powers in a Transforming Middle East
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Regional Powers in a Transforming Middle East

The Middle East region has been characterized by the presence of several regional powers. None regional power, however, has been able to assume the regional leadership role.

10 novembre 2014
Constituent Processes and the Role of State Powers in the Transitions in North Africa
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Constituent Processes and the Role of State Powers in the Transitions in North Africa

In Morocco (2011), Tunisia (2014) and Egypt (2012 and 2014), the adoption of a constitution has been considered as a central element to complete the democratic transition process.

18 agost 2014
Turkey and the Seemingly Unstoppable Erdogan
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Turkey and the Seemingly Unstoppable Erdogan

Turkey’s embattled prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, mired in allegations of corruption and the target of massive protests against his authoritarian rule, appears to be invincible. AKP party swept the board in March’s local elections.

14 abril 2014
Egypt: A Regional Cold War
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Egypt: A Regional Cold War

Egypt has always played a parental role in moderating Middle Eastern politics. The current situation resembles nothing more than a game of tug of war between two nations, where Egypt is the rope.

8 abril 2014
The Cyprus Question: A Window of Opportunity in 2014?
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The Cyprus Question: A Window of Opportunity in 2014?

Ten years ago most Greek Cypriots thought that the EU membership of the Republic of Cyprus could facilitate the conflict resolution process. These expectations were not fulfilled.

18 març 2014
Bosnia. Cuando el nacionalismo no es suficiente
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Bosnia. Cuando el nacionalismo no es suficiente

El 21 de noviembre de 1995 Warren Christopher afirmaba que el compromiso contraído en Dayton suponía “una victoria para todos aquellos que creen en una democracia multiétnica en Bosnia”.

12 març 2014
What Are the Prospects for Success of the Peace Talks on Syria?
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What Are the Prospects for Success of the Peace Talks on Syria?

The United Nations Peace Conference on Syria is due to take place on 22nd January. Several factors helped bring about this meeting, despite the failure of initial attempts.

21 gener 2014
El Mediterráneo, puerta cerrada a las migraciones
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El Mediterráneo, puerta cerrada a las migraciones

La respuesta política a nivel europeo a los naufragios pone en evidencia que las únicas herramientas que la UE propone ante la llegada de personas que intentan cruzar el Mediterráneo consisten en aplicar una estricta lógica de control migratorio....

17 desembre 2013