Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

Facilitating a Political Transition in Syria
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Facilitating a Political Transition in Syria

The International Syria Support Group agreed upon a cessation of hostilities in Munich. What are the prospects of a confederal approach to a political transition in Syria, as proposed by international officials?

10 March 2016
Turkey and the EU: A New Path Toward a Shared Security Policy
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Turkey and the EU: A New Path Toward a Shared Security Policy

The current geopolitical situation opens space for security cooperation between Ankara and Brussels. Turkey should redefine its strategy to include European priorities, whereas the EU needs to recognise some of the Turkish interests as legitimate.

4 March 2016
Reconceptualising Sustainable Responses to the Refugee Crisis
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Reconceptualising Sustainable Responses to the Refugee Crisis

An unprecedented number of asylum-seekers crossed the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe in 2015. How can states better understand and respond to the complex realities of forced displacement and migration in the 21st century?

24 February 2016
How Could Egypt and Tunisia Reverse the Growth of Islamist Violent Radicalisation?
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How Could Egypt and Tunisia Reverse the Growth of Islamist Violent Radicalisation?

Egypt and Tunisia have been witnessing over the past few years a new wave of violent Islamist radicalisation. The engagement of youth in political violence shows that relying only on classical counter-terrorism strategies may increase violent radical...

3 February 2016
From Activism to Artivism: New Forms of Youth Activism in the Aftermath of the 20 February Movement
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From Activism to Artivism: New Forms of Youth Activism in the Aftermath of the 20 February Movement

Morocco witnessed one of the most dynamic youth protest in its modern history during the Arab uprisings. To face this youth political action, the state´s strategy consisted in constitutional reform and de-legitimization of the radicals.

29 January 2016
What’s Next for UN Peace Efforts in Libya?
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What’s Next for UN Peace Efforts in Libya?

Established after the Libyan Revolution in 2011, UNSMIL has since been aiming to support Libyan national efforts in post-conflict peace-building and transition.

14 December 2015
In Search of a New Balance between Agricultural Trade and Development in the Euro-Mediterranean
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In Search of a New Balance between Agricultural Trade and Development in the Euro-Mediterranean

Growing food commodity prices on world markets, resulting in economic pressures on the MENA region, highlighted the importance of the development of agriculture, which has long been neglected by the policies pursued by national elites.

25 November 2015
Crisis, Conflict and the Political Economy of the Middle East Region
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Crisis, Conflict and the Political Economy of the Middle East Region

Any attempt to understand the political economy of the Middle East must begin with the area´s significance to global capitalism. The discovery of vast supplies of hydrocarbons was to position the Middle East at the center of world politics.

8 June 2015
La révolution tunisienne: une révolution 2.0 ?
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La révolution tunisienne: une révolution 2.0 ?

Apres s´être assuré de la fuite de Ben Ali, le monde entier a commencé à parler d´une « révolution Internet » ou d´une « révolution 2.0 ». Mais quelle est la vérité dans cette affirmation ?

7 May 2015
Towards a Strong, Inclusive and Transnational Women’s Rights Movement in the Arab World. A Matter of EU-Mediterranean Policy?
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Towards a Strong, Inclusive and Transnational Women’s Rights Movement in the Arab World. A Matter of EU-Mediterranean Policy?

Although women made an important contribution to the Arab Spring, they are no longer playing a comparable role in the reorganization of political life in the Arab transition countries.

4 May 2015
Maghrebi Foreign Policies – A Comparative Analysis
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Maghrebi Foreign Policies – A Comparative Analysis

Comparing the foreign policies of the three Maghrebi states seems to make sense: after all three of them were colonized by France, they became independent alomost at the same time.

15 December 2014
An Overview and Assessment on the Current Conflicts in the Arab Media: A Critical Vision
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An Overview and Assessment on the Current Conflicts in the Arab Media: A Critical Vision

The Arab media has been influenced by emerging news that has been reshaping the political arena over the last few years, in particular the high mobilization of several conflicts and wars in the region.

8 December 2014