Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

Comparing the War Economies of Syria and Libya
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Comparing the War Economies of Syria and Libya

There are four principal modalities of the Libyan and Syrian war economies: the extraction of rents and extortion; the direct sale of goods; access to or predation upon state revenues; and the patronage of external actors.

19 febrer 2018
From Refugees to Asylum Seekers? Palestinian Refugees and the Syrian Conflict
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From Refugees to Asylum Seekers? Palestinian Refugees and the Syrian Conflict

The current forced migration of Palestinian refugees, largely overshadowed by the magnitude of the Syrian refugee crisis, raises many questions regarding the status of refugees forced to leave their countries.

12 febrer 2018
Fragile States and the Issue of Foreign Interventions in the Sahel
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Fragile States and the Issue of Foreign Interventions in the Sahel

The EU policy towards the Sahel was either a failure or mixed success because of different reasons. Without a more significant financial contribution and a comprehensive approach, the EU cannot contribute to state building processes in the Sahel.

9 febrer 2018
Turkey´s Fight Against Youth Radicalisation: Small Steps On a Long Path
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Turkey´s Fight Against Youth Radicalisation: Small Steps On a Long Path

The Turkish government has responded to radicalisation by combining both hard and soft approaches and resorting to different methods. Regardless, youth radicalisation and extremism continue to pose a threat to the country.

10 gener 2018
No Longer a New Kid on the Block – China in the Middle East
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No Longer a New Kid on the Block – China in the Middle East

Given China’s growing role in the complex security dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa, the EU should intensify its dialogue and, where interests coincide, joint action with Beijing.

15 desembre 2017
The Role of Schools in Tackling the Problem of Radicalisation in Germany
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The Role of Schools in Tackling the Problem of Radicalisation in Germany

How to prevent terrorist acts has become a key question within current policy debates. In search of relevant actors that can contribute to the prevention of radicalisation, schools were identified to play a major role.

13 desembre 2017
Beyond Signposting. New Approach to Working with Families of Radicalised Youth and Cooperating with National Authorities
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Beyond Signposting. New Approach to Working with Families of Radicalised Youth and Cooperating with National Authorities

An estimated 27,000-31,000 foreign fighters have joined terrorist groups such as Daesh or Al-Qaeda affiliates. The need for effective prevention and de-radicalisation programmes cannot therefore be overestimated.

12 desembre 2017
No Need for Spoilers in the EU-Tunisia Relationship
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No Need for Spoilers in the EU-Tunisia Relationship

In December 2017 Council conclusions, EU Finance Ministers listed Tunisia as one of the 17 non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. There is an opportunity to reverse this decision at the next ECOFIN meeting.

11 desembre 2017
Jihadism and Information Warfare beyond Daesh
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Jihadism and Information Warfare beyond Daesh

The narrative surrounding the question of social media usage in the Middle East has undeniably shifted. In light of the Jihadist propaganda, the initial optimism was replaced by a skeptical view on the pitfalls of online political activism.

11 desembre 2017
Arab Media and Political Conflict in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings
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Arab Media and Political Conflict in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings

In the Middle East, television has thus maintained a strong allegiance with the ruling power in each country. But how should this loyalty be handled when the ruling power is first challenged, then shaken and finally overthrown?

13 novembre 2017
The Damming of The Palestinian Spring: Security Sector Reform and Entrenched Repression
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The Damming of The Palestinian Spring: Security Sector Reform and Entrenched Repression

The relative stability of the occupied Palestinian territories largely escaped international attention. No significant opposition emerged to challenge the status quo in the OPT, despite high dissatisfaction.

10 juliol 2017
The 2015 Review Process of the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy
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The 2015 Review Process of the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy

The European Neighbourhood Policy has been exposed to changes from within as well as from outside since it was initiated. The reviewed ENP is marked by decreased ambition and the abolition of the EU’s democracy promotion agenda.

7 juliol 2017