Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

Why Syria’s Crisis Is Political in Nature
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Why Syria’s Crisis Is Political in Nature

Many analysts and commentators privilege economic issues as the main reason for the Syrian uprising. However, from the beginning protesters made it clear - they would compromise for nothing other than drastic political change.

4 noviembre 2011
The Coming of the “Arab Autumn”: Lessons Learned from Tunisia’s Democratic Transition
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The Coming of the “Arab Autumn”: Lessons Learned from Tunisia’s Democratic Transition

While watching carefully to see how Tunisia’s Islamists will exercise their newly-gained political power, the EU should develop and implement a balanced approach to this North African country.

4 noviembre 2011
Tunisia: The Next Phase
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Tunisia: The Next Phase

Election Day has come and gone in Tunisia, marking the end of the first transitional phase of the post-Ben Ali era and the beginning of another. The the challenges facing the Tunisian polity in the coming period are considerable.

4 noviembre 2011
Four Keys to Understand Tunisian Politics after the Elections
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Four Keys to Understand Tunisian Politics after the Elections

In the context of increasing panic surrounding the outcome of the Tunisia elections, it is important to stress four key aspects of the current situation, which can help frame discussions of Tunisian politics in a less emotional perspective.`

4 noviembre 2011
The Arab Spring. Is Algeria the Exception?
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The Arab Spring. Is Algeria the Exception?

Following the uprising in Tunisia, media attention focused on Algeria, which many believed was next in line.

20 octubre 2011
Palestine, the United Nations and the Role of External Actors: Where Does that Leave Europe?
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Palestine, the United Nations and the Role of External Actors: Where Does that Leave Europe?

Where will the mediation efforts leave Europe once the diplomatic activity at the UN is over and the Security Council debates Palestine’s request for membership?

27 septiembre 2011
L’Algérie et le « Printemps Arabe » : un contexte singulier, à court terme, et des perspectives communes, à long terme
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L’Algérie et le « Printemps Arabe » : un contexte singulier, à court terme, et des perspectives communes, à long terme

L’Algérie est bien affectée par la vague de contestation politique qui parcourt l’ensemble du monde arabe. Et ce, en raison d’un contexte national singulier, actuellement dominé par dix caractéristiques majeures.

21 septiembre 2011
The International Community is Trying to Learn That You Cannot Export Democracy
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The International Community is Trying to Learn That You Cannot Export Democracy

The international community is now trying to learn that you cannot export democracy. It is crucial that the countries in the Arab world know this too and instead develop their own types of democracy.

20 septiembre 2011
September 2011 – Is It a Turning Point?
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September 2011 – Is It a Turning Point?

The change of Palestinian strategy from negotiations to an effort to get UN recognition for a Palestinian state is a result of a stalemate in the negotiations process. In Israel there is a debate on the implications of this new Palestinian strategy....

15 septiembre 2011
Palestine at the UN: Outlook and Expected Implications
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Palestine at the UN: Outlook and Expected Implications

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has initiated a process of application for UN membership ahead of the regular UN General Assembly meeting that would start on 20th September. The move seemed to come as a result of several concerns.

15 septiembre 2011
La Communauté européenne mise à l’épreuve du «printemps arabe». Crise ou renouveau du multilatéralisme européen?
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La Communauté européenne mise à l’épreuve du «printemps arabe». Crise ou renouveau du multilatéralisme européen?

Le « printemps arabe » est vieux maintenant d’une dizaine de mois. La question se pose toujours de savoir si l’Europe a cessé d’être négligente sur la question des réformes politiques chez les voisins du sud.

15 septiembre 2011
Palestine at the UN: Moving Towards a Consistent European Stance
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Palestine at the UN: Moving Towards a Consistent European Stance

The PLO/PA is determined to submit its bid for recognition of Palestinian statehood based on the 1967. This historical decision to approach the UN is of equal importance to that of the mutual PLO-Israel recognition in 1993.

8 septiembre 2011