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Leveraging the Abraham Accords for Resuming the Israeli-Palestinian Process
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Leveraging the Abraham Accords for Resuming the Israeli-Palestinian Process

The present article analises the significance of the Negev Summit held in March 2022 and its implications for the regional cooperation in the Mediterranean.

30 May 2022
A Look into FinTech’s Role in Digital Transformation and Regional Cooperation in the EU-Mediterranean and Neighbouring Regions
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A Look into FinTech’s Role in Digital Transformation and Regional Cooperation in the EU-Mediterranean and Neighbouring Regions

The policy brief draws on examples from diverse regions to demonstrate how FinTech can foster regional cooperation in the Mediterranean and addresses recommendations to agencies and organisations.

8 March 2022
Iran and the United States: Four Decades of Tension and Missed Opportunities
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Iran and the United States: Four Decades of Tension and Missed Opportunities

Iran-United States (US) relations have been confrontational for decades, making this relationship one of the most challenging in the world for the US to manage.

27 January 2022
The Maghreb: A Battle Ground for the Intra-Sunni Cold War
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The Maghreb: A Battle Ground for the Intra-Sunni Cold War

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Turkey have been competing in North Africa since 2011 through financial investments and cultivation of political clients. This is driven by three main factors.

22 June 2020
Saudi Arabia, Iran and Covid-19
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Saudi Arabia, Iran and Covid-19

Power, security and religion are used by analysts to reflect on the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Some reduce the rivalry to a struggle over power in the Middle East, others to leadership over the Islamic world.

15 June 2020
China, Russia, and Geopolitical Games in Pandemic-Stricken MENA Region
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China, Russia, and Geopolitical Games in Pandemic-Stricken MENA Region

As the coronavirus pandemic takes a tragic toll geopolitical games continue to be played by authoritarian regimes. Russia and China have been exploiting the situation to improve their status internationally.

23 April 2020
Covid-19, a Stress-Test for Euro Mediterranean Relations
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Covid-19, a Stress-Test for Euro Mediterranean Relations

There are countless articles on how the Covid-19 is stress-testing the foundations of EU solidarity. Less ink has been spilled over the impact of the crisis on its external relations with Neighbourhood South.

20 April 2020
Hostile Environments in the Mediterranean
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Hostile Environments in the Mediterranean

In May 2012, Theresa May said that her aim “was to create a really hostile environment for illegal migration.” The “hostile environment” has since come to characterise a “culture of cruelty” in UK immigration policy.

10 February 2020
In from the Cold: Russia’s Agenda in the Middle East and Implications for the EU
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In from the Cold: Russia’s Agenda in the Middle East and Implications for the EU

ussian foreign policy in the MENA forms part of a comprehensive strategy, aimed at undercutting what it perceives as Western supremacy. However, in the perception of several regional leaders, Russia emerged as a consistent actor, proving reliable.

4 February 2020
Imposing Middle East Peace: Why EU Member States Should Recognise Palestine
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Imposing Middle East Peace: Why EU Member States Should Recognise Palestine

In late 2017, US President broke US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Today’s Foreign Affairs Council is an opportunity to take stock of the situation and to contemplate the next moves to make.

22 January 2020
25 Years of Wadi Araba: the State of Jordanian-Israeli Relations and the Future of the Peace Treaty
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25 Years of Wadi Araba: the State of Jordanian-Israeli Relations and the Future of the Peace Treaty

Next 26 October will mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Peace Agreement between Jordan and Israel, known as the Wadi Araba Treaty. 25 years later, serious doubts arise with regards to the future of the treaty.

28 October 2019
New Old Thinking in Palestine
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New Old Thinking in Palestine

There is a Jewish maxim that people tend to look for a lost key where there is light and not where they lost the key. The diplomatic efforts to end the Israel/Palestine conflict were a search for the key where there was light.

21 October 2019