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The Maghreb: A Battle Ground for the Intra-Sunni Cold War
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The Maghreb: A Battle Ground for the Intra-Sunni Cold War

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Turkey have been competing in North Africa since 2011 through financial investments and cultivation of political clients. This is driven by three main factors.

22 juny 2020
La Crise Covid-19 en Tunisie: Impacts et Préoccupations
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La Crise Covid-19 en Tunisie: Impacts et Préoccupations

Au-delà de la dimension sanitaire, la gravité du Covid-19 doit se mesurer à l’aune de son impact socio-économique. Cette crise pourrait inviter à penser une communauté plus respectueuse des équilibres environnementaux.

18 juny 2020
COVID-19 in Palestine: Economic Slump, Rising Vulnerability and Limited Policy Response
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COVID-19 in Palestine: Economic Slump, Rising Vulnerability and Limited Policy Response

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and fatalities in Palestine remain very low in absolute terms. However, the pandemic is expected to have wide-reaching economic and social impacts.

18 juny 2020
Saudi Arabia, Iran and Covid-19
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Saudi Arabia, Iran and Covid-19

Power, security and religion are used by analysts to reflect on the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Some reduce the rivalry to a struggle over power in the Middle East, others to leadership over the Islamic world.

15 juny 2020
La construcción de la frontera vertical. El caso de Marruecos
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La construcción de la frontera vertical. El caso de Marruecos

La gobernanza de la UE está protagonizando, en lo que a tránsito de sujetos se refiere, una política de cierre fronterizo. Paradójicamente no sucede lo mismo con el tránsito de mercancías, bienes y capitales.

15 juny 2020
China, Russia, and Geopolitical Games in Pandemic-Stricken MENA Region
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China, Russia, and Geopolitical Games in Pandemic-Stricken MENA Region

As the coronavirus pandemic takes a tragic toll geopolitical games continue to be played by authoritarian regimes. Russia and China have been exploiting the situation to improve their status internationally.

23 abril 2020
Covid-19, a Stress-Test for Euro Mediterranean Relations
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Covid-19, a Stress-Test for Euro Mediterranean Relations

There are countless articles on how the Covid-19 is stress-testing the foundations of EU solidarity. Less ink has been spilled over the impact of the crisis on its external relations with Neighbourhood South.

20 abril 2020
Hezbollah and the Lebanese Popular Movement
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Hezbollah and the Lebanese Popular Movement

Since its creation, Hezbollah’s resistance to Israel has given the party great popular legitimacy. However, the Party of God is today the target of the anger of large segments of Lebanese society.

17 febrer 2020
Hostile Environments in the Mediterranean
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Hostile Environments in the Mediterranean

In May 2012, Theresa May said that her aim “was to create a really hostile environment for illegal migration.” The “hostile environment” has since come to characterise a “culture of cruelty” in UK immigration policy.

10 febrer 2020
Security Challenges and Authoritarian Resilience in the Levant in a Regional and International Perspective – The Case of Jordan
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Security Challenges and Authoritarian Resilience in the Levant in a Regional and International Perspective – The Case of Jordan

As a result of regional conflicts, Palestinian refugees have played an important role in defining Jordanian foreign and security policy. The question of the Palestinians in Jordan constitutes a significant issue in regional politics.

5 febrer 2020
In from the Cold: Russia’s Agenda in the Middle East and Implications for the EU
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In from the Cold: Russia’s Agenda in the Middle East and Implications for the EU

ussian foreign policy in the MENA forms part of a comprehensive strategy, aimed at undercutting what it perceives as Western supremacy. However, in the perception of several regional leaders, Russia emerged as a consistent actor, proving reliable.

4 febrer 2020
Imposing Middle East Peace: Why EU Member States Should Recognise Palestine
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Imposing Middle East Peace: Why EU Member States Should Recognise Palestine

In late 2017, US President broke US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Today’s Foreign Affairs Council is an opportunity to take stock of the situation and to contemplate the next moves to make.

22 gener 2020