Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

Toward Understanding Violence and Revising Counter-Violence Policies in the Southern Mediterranean
  • Policy Brief

Toward Understanding Violence and Revising Counter-Violence Policies in the Southern Mediterranean

Back in 2011, a wave of violence started in the Southern Mediterranean region. Central authorities tightened their control to contain it; however, any decrease in the number of violent attacks is misleading.

5 abril 2019
EU-Islam Dialogue and Engagement. Five Challenges and Opportunities
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EU-Islam Dialogue and Engagement. Five Challenges and Opportunities

The issue of cultural and religious values has been brought into the political spotlight. Key political actors, including the EU, consider dialogue and engagement with religious institutions vital resources for achieving stability.

5 abril 2019
Russia’s Arms Exports to the MENA Region: Trends and Drivers
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Russia’s Arms Exports to the MENA Region: Trends and Drivers

In recent years, Russia has expanded its arms transfers to MENA seeking to re-establish its influence in the region. To MENA countries, arms acquisitions from Russia is advantageous.

1 abril 2019
The Long Retreat from Euro-Mediterranean Integration
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The Long Retreat from Euro-Mediterranean Integration

Twenty-five years ago, the EU and Southern Mediterranean governments committed themselves to a programme of pan-regional integration. Since then they have gradually turned their backs on this ambitious aim.

18 març 2019
European Democracy Promotion in the Southern Mediterranean
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European Democracy Promotion in the Southern Mediterranean

Half-hearted EU programs in countries such as Morocco run the risk of inadvertently strengthening the hybrid regime in place.

15 març 2019
Human Security & Climate Change. Vulnerabilities in the Sahel
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Human Security & Climate Change. Vulnerabilities in the Sahel

New threats to human security emerge in a regional context in the Sahel already characterized by exceptional political instability involving a combination of rebellions, jihadist insurgencies, coups d’état and illegal trafficking.

1 març 2019
Dazed and Confused : Russian “Information Warfare” and the Middle East – The Syria Lessons
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Dazed and Confused : Russian “Information Warfare” and the Middle East – The Syria Lessons

“Information warfare” is conceived by the Russian leadership as a potent instrument to achieve its foreign policy objectives. Russian informational strategy following Syria chemical attacks aimed at dividing Western leaders.

27 febrer 2019
Challenges Faced by Syrian Refugees in the Higher Education Systems of Host Countries and How to Overcome Them. Lessons Learned from Jordan
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Challenges Faced by Syrian Refugees in the Higher Education Systems of Host Countries and How to Overcome Them. Lessons Learned from Jordan

The Syrian crisis had a significant impact on most of the countries hosting Syrian refugees. Host countries developed new approaches to deal with the consequences of the prolonged stay of refugees.

25 febrer 2019
The EU-Arab Summit: A Chance to Reset Relations With the Arab World?
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The EU-Arab Summit: A Chance to Reset Relations With the Arab World?

Leaders of the EU and the Arab League states are to meet in Sharm el Sheikh in an unprecedented encounter. With the stakes as they are, neither Europe nor the Arab world can afford a failure.

21 febrer 2019
Merchants of Fear. Discursive Securitization of the Refugee Crisis in the Visegrad Group Countries
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Merchants of Fear. Discursive Securitization of the Refugee Crisis in the Visegrad Group Countries

Since the beginning of the refugee crisis politicians from the Visegrad group states have been infamously vocal in their aversion to the asylum seekers. This despite the fact that their countries were among the least affected by refugee movements.

7 gener 2019
WANTED: More Fluid Relationships between Researchers and Officials in the Euro-Mediterranean Region
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WANTED: More Fluid Relationships between Researchers and Officials in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

The assumption hiding behind the concept of “evidence-based decision-making” is that policy makers are eager to consider the work of researchers. Yet, this equation seems to be dysfunctional in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

28 novembre 2018
Building a Youth Euro-Med Community through Learning and Research Mobility: Incubators and Obstacles
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Building a Youth Euro-Med Community through Learning and Research Mobility: Incubators and Obstacles

Mobility and fieldwork are key drivers of the quality of academic and scientific research. However, those are not always easily accessible to researchers from the southern shore of the Mediterranean.

26 novembre 2018