Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

Oslo + 25, Lessons Learned and Ways Forward
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Oslo + 25, Lessons Learned and Ways Forward

The Oslo Accords have been the subject of considerable debate ever since the agreement was signed in 1993. 25 years later, an almost desperate situation paradoxically opens a window of opportunity for Europe.

19 novembre 2018
Recovering EU – Egypt Relations, But Core Political Issues Remain
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Recovering EU – Egypt Relations, But Core Political Issues Remain

The eighth EU - Egypt Association Council is due to meet on 20 December 2018. The EU - Egypt relationship holds great potential for socio-economic cooperation, while political issues remain unresolved.

19 novembre 2018
Morocco’s Political Use of Islam and its Religious Diplomacy
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Morocco’s Political Use of Islam and its Religious Diplomacy

After the 2003 bombing attacks in Casablanca, Morocco has been seeking to limit the influence of opposing religious doctrines to the “Moroccan official Islam”. This was followed by a restructuring of the religious field.

7 novembre 2018
New Wine into Old Wineskins? Addressing Patterns of Institutional Development in Euro-Mediterranean Relations in the Wake of the So-Called “EU Refugee Crisis”
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New Wine into Old Wineskins? Addressing Patterns of Institutional Development in Euro-Mediterranean Relations in the Wake of the So-Called “EU Refugee Crisis”

Since 2015 EU Member States have been calling for a reform of common migration policies. However, the most powerful and influential MS managed to hinder any attempt to communitarise responsibility for decisions.

29 octubre 2018
Trade, Security and Neoliberal Politics: Whither Arab Reform?
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Trade, Security and Neoliberal Politics: Whither Arab Reform?

Although large-scale protests were driven by a combination of political and socioeconomic factors and grievances, they have yielded many different outcomes.

26 juliol 2018
Civil Society in Action – Promoting Sub-Regional Cooperation Between CSOs as a Way Forward?
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Civil Society in Action – Promoting Sub-Regional Cooperation Between CSOs as a Way Forward?

Eastern Mediterranean states are facing numerous domestic challenges to their democratic institutions. The region is highly heterogeneous in terms of these challenges. But there are also common ones, including empowering CSOs.

5 juliol 2018
Eastern Mediterranean Regional Dynamics: Conflicts and Opportunities for Conflict Resolution Support
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Eastern Mediterranean Regional Dynamics: Conflicts and Opportunities for Conflict Resolution Support

Diplomatic engagement between countries in the Eastern Mediterranean presents the opportunity for regional cooperation on a range of issues. It has also the potential to lead to shared regional institutions that promote regional stability.

27 juny 2018
Citizenship Challenges in The Arab Region
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Citizenship Challenges in The Arab Region

The Arab Spring put forward a number of demands. It is therefore not surprising that a number of minority groups actively participated in the uprisings, calling for end of oppression and the recognition of their rights.

7 maig 2018
Post-Varna EU-Turkey Relations. Neither a Break-Through, nor a Break-up
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Post-Varna EU-Turkey Relations. Neither a Break-Through, nor a Break-up

The Varna summit did not bring any breakthrough in the EU-Turkey relationship. However, mutual interdependence on trade and migration means that a divorce of this troubled marriage is not in their interest.

10 abril 2018
Egypt, Poised for a Comeback to the Mediterranean Region
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Egypt, Poised for a Comeback to the Mediterranean Region

On 6 February 2018, the Union for the Mediterranean Senior Officials confirmed the appointment of Nasser Kamel as the new Secretary General. This will mark a turning point in the life of the institution.

21 març 2018
Iran at the Heart of the Middle East
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Iran at the Heart of the Middle East

To many countries in the Middle East, Iran is a disruptive and difficult power. But Iran’s goals are no different from those of other countries: it seeks to preserve its territorial integrity and secure its borders.

26 febrer 2018
Terrorism in the Sahel Region: An Evolving Threat on Europe’s Doorstep
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Terrorism in the Sahel Region: An Evolving Threat on Europe’s Doorstep

A combination of several factors exacerbated the Sahel’s vulnerability. In this volatile landscape, violent extremism and armed militancy created the conditions for the expansion of new threats in the Sahel region and its neighbourhood.

19 febrer 2018