Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

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
Arab Mediterranean Youth Migration. Who Wants to Leave, and Why?
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Arab Mediterranean Youth Migration. Who Wants to Leave, and Why?

The push factors of an economic nature are key behind the phenomenon of Arab Mediterranean youth migration. However, the desire to migrate does not depend on the education level and the (un)employment of the young people.

16 March 2017
Fragility in Tunisia: a Test Case for Integrated Security and Development Assistance
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Fragility in Tunisia: a Test Case for Integrated Security and Development Assistance

Security is a key challenge for Tunisia’s democratic transition. Despite significant increase in foreign support to the Tunisian security sector, a lack of integrated security-development strategy may erode the country’s progress towards stabilit...

12 March 2017
Syrian Civil War: Limitations and Preconditions for Effective Multilateralism in an Evermore Conflictual Multipolar World
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Syrian Civil War: Limitations and Preconditions for Effective Multilateralism in an Evermore Conflictual Multipolar World

The only feasible way to reach lasting conflict resolution in Syria requires external actors finding a reconciliation of interests that goes far beyond the Syrian conflict. There is a need for a U.S.-EU-Russian grand bargain.

28 February 2017