Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

Regional Powers in a Transforming Middle East
  • Focus

Regional Powers in a Transforming Middle East

The Middle East region has been characterized by the presence of several regional powers. None regional power, however, has been able to assume the regional leadership role.

10 November 2014
Migraciones entre África subsahariana y Europa. Fábulas, mitos y datos
  • Focus

Migraciones entre África subsahariana y Europa. Fábulas, mitos y datos

Los sucesos en las vallas de Ceuta en 2005, la crisis de los Cayucos en 2006, la reciente tragedia de Lampedusa o la situación en Melilla alimentan sin cesar la imagen de unas fronteras débiles y porosas.

2 October 2014
Constituent Processes and the Role of State Powers in the Transitions in North Africa
  • Focus

Constituent Processes and the Role of State Powers in the Transitions in North Africa

In Morocco (2011), Tunisia (2014) and Egypt (2012 and 2014), the adoption of a constitution has been considered as a central element to complete the democratic transition process.

18 August 2014
La confusión del “Jihad”
  • Focus

La confusión del “Jihad”

El concepto de ‘jihad’ es objeto de confusión. En el Corán aparece 35 veces y casi siempre acompañado de la expresión “en la senda de Dios”, que ya indica un sentido sobre todo espiritual.

15 July 2014
Turkey and the Seemingly Unstoppable Erdogan
  • Focus

Turkey and the Seemingly Unstoppable Erdogan

Turkey’s embattled prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, mired in allegations of corruption and the target of massive protests against his authoritarian rule, appears to be invincible. AKP party swept the board in March’s local elections.

14 April 2014
Egypt: A Regional Cold War
  • Focus

Egypt: A Regional Cold War

Egypt has always played a parental role in moderating Middle Eastern politics. The current situation resembles nothing more than a game of tug of war between two nations, where Egypt is the rope.

8 April 2014
The Cyprus Question: A Window of Opportunity in 2014?
  • Focus

The Cyprus Question: A Window of Opportunity in 2014?

Ten years ago most Greek Cypriots thought that the EU membership of the Republic of Cyprus could facilitate the conflict resolution process. These expectations were not fulfilled.

18 March 2014
Bosnia. Cuando el nacionalismo no es suficiente
  • Focus

Bosnia. Cuando el nacionalismo no es suficiente

El 21 de noviembre de 1995 Warren Christopher afirmaba que el compromiso contraído en Dayton suponía “una victoria para todos aquellos que creen en una democracia multiétnica en Bosnia”.

12 March 2014
What Are the Prospects for Success of the Peace Talks on Syria?
  • Policy Brief

What Are the Prospects for Success of the Peace Talks on Syria?

The United Nations Peace Conference on Syria is due to take place on 22nd January. Several factors helped bring about this meeting, despite the failure of initial attempts.

21 January 2014
El Mediterráneo, puerta cerrada a las migraciones
  • Focus

El Mediterráneo, puerta cerrada a las migraciones

La respuesta política a nivel europeo a los naufragios pone en evidencia que las únicas herramientas que la UE propone ante la llegada de personas que intentan cruzar el Mediterráneo consisten en aplicar una estricta lógica de control migratorio....

17 December 2013
Albanian Elections Give Grounds for Optimism
  • Focus

Albanian Elections Give Grounds for Optimism

Albania´s parliamentary elections offer a glimmer of hope. The smooth transfer of power is a welcome sign of maturity in a political system beset by bitter feuds and excessive polarization.

17 July 2013
The European Global Strategy and the Mediterranean
  • Policy Brief

The European Global Strategy and the Mediterranean

Many recent comments on the EU’s Mediterranean policy come to the conclusion that the challenge raised by the Arab Spring has less to do with existing policies than with a lack of strategy.

20 June 2013