Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

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 December 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 December 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 December 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 December 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 December 2017
La rivalidad por la hegemonía regional de Oriente Medio: El caso de Arabia Saudí
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La rivalidad por la hegemonía regional de Oriente Medio: El caso de Arabia Saudí

El reino de Arabia Saudí, uno de los estados musulmanes más influyentes del planeta, ha imprimido un cambio notable a su política exterior desde el inicio de la llamada Primavera Árabe en 2011.

20 November 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 November 2017
La crisis en Siria y los grupos islamistas
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La crisis en Siria y los grupos islamistas

Hace mucho tiempo que la guerra en Siria dejó de enfrentar a sirios contra sirios y se convirtió en una guerra por delegación en la cual las potencias regionales intentan dirimir sus diferencias mediante el apoyo a uno u otro bando.

17 July 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 July 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 July 2017
Montenegro at a Crossroads
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Montenegro at a Crossroads

The Republic of Montenegro is soon to become a member of NATO. The inclusion of this country in the framework of NATO and the EU is likely to ensure its stability and contribute to the stability of the region.

8 May 2017
La entronización en directo de Erdogan, culmen de la guerra por el poder en Turquía
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La entronización en directo de Erdogan, culmen de la guerra por el poder en Turquía

El presidente turco se ha convertido en ubicuo. Después de dirigir el timón del país durante casi tres lustros, Erdogan ha conseguido la victoria en un polémico referéndum sobre la reforma constitucional.

8 May 2017