Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

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
Security Challenges in the Maghreb: The Nexus between Bad Governance and Violent Extremism
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Security Challenges in the Maghreb: The Nexus between Bad Governance and Violent Extremism

The Maghreb has faced serious security challenges in recent years. Although many pundits focus attention on “terrorism,” they often overlook the nexus between bad governance and violent extremism.

27 February 2017
Gender Inequality and Integration of Non-EU Migrants in the EU
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Gender Inequality and Integration of Non-EU Migrants in the EU

Labour market and integration of refugees and migrants in general is at the forefront of the current policy debate. And rightly so; better integration benefits the migrant, the host country’s population and public finances.

20 February 2017
Theorizing the Role of Experts in Shaping Euro-Mediterranean Politics, at a Time of Erosion of Democratic Legitimacy and Emergence of Contested Issues
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Theorizing the Role of Experts in Shaping Euro-Mediterranean Politics, at a Time of Erosion of Democratic Legitimacy and Emergence of Contested Issues

The main objective of this article is to understand if and how experts are contributing to shape EU foreign policy, with a specific focus on Euro-Mediterranean affairs.

13 February 2017
EU Good Offices in Revolutionary Egypt (2012-2013)
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EU Good Offices in Revolutionary Egypt (2012-2013)

The assessment of the period from Mubarak’s fall to the launching of a new political regime remains deeply controversial, with judgements often clouded by very strong emotions in Egypt and differing international agendas.

6 February 2017
EU and Turkey at a Crossroads: Avoiding a Foreseeable Break-Up
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EU and Turkey at a Crossroads: Avoiding a Foreseeable Break-Up

As the Turkey-EU membership process has lost its credibility, with neither side honestly believing in Turkey’s accession anymore, this may be the moment for the EU to redefine its relationship with Turkey to regain leverage.

19 December 2016
The UN and Sustainable Peace in Syria – Still Worth Debating
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The UN and Sustainable Peace in Syria – Still Worth Debating

The UN remains the sole formal authority willing to and capable of facilitating a sustainable peace in Syria. To what extent the UN has learnt from its engagement in previous conflicts?

25 November 2016
Libyan Political Economy: Political Conflict, Crisis Management and Structural Reform
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Libyan Political Economy: Political Conflict, Crisis Management and Structural Reform

The ongoing political division and armed conflict in Libya have overshadowed the critical stage Libyan economy has reached. Libya’s only source of income, oil exports, became an integral dimension of the conflict.

6 October 2016