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What Are the Alternatives with the Disappearence of the Two-State Solution?
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What Are the Alternatives with the Disappearence of the Two-State Solution?

The two-state solution as a proposal for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is on the verge of vanishing. Unfortunately, everyone warns that the two-state solution is vanishing without giving an alternative.

12 September 2016
The Trust Fund for Africa: A Preliminary Assessment
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The Trust Fund for Africa: A Preliminary Assessment

In its attempt to curb irregular immigration the EU has deployed a number of instruments. One of them is the “Trust Fund for Africa”, adopted during the EU-Africa Summit, which took place in Valletta in November 2015.

6 September 2016
This is (not) Rocket Science: Using Space-Based Solutions For More Sustainable Management of Water Resources in Jordan
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This is (not) Rocket Science: Using Space-Based Solutions For More Sustainable Management of Water Resources in Jordan

Jordan is one of the most water scarce countries in the world. The growth of its resident refugee community and native population, as well as climate changes are further depleting its already limited water reserves.

1 September 2016
Recognising Palestine, Unrecognising Settlements
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Recognising Palestine, Unrecognising Settlements

Achieving a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been a long-standing EU policy objective. Of all the territorial disputes outside Europe, this conflict that has most preoccupied European decisions-makers.

13 June 2016
Countering Violent Extremism in the MENA Region: Time to Rethink Approaches and Strategies
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Countering Violent Extremism in the MENA Region: Time to Rethink Approaches and Strategies

The foreign fighters phenomenon affecting MENA countries is unprecedented in its scale. While most MENA countries adopted “hard” strategies based on security-focused approaches, countering violent extremism also requires the use of “soft” str...

17 May 2016
The Migration Crisis: Issue or Opportunity?
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The Migration Crisis: Issue or Opportunity?

The ongoing refugee crisis is the most acute political and policy challenge the EU and its neighbouring countries have been facing lately. The EU policies have been inadequate in addressing the magnitude of the crisis.

11 April 2016
How Can the EU Border be Better Managed?
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How Can the EU Border be Better Managed?

The attempts by the EU to manage the refugee’s influx have been characterised by the prevalence of a security-based approach, the tendency to put migrants and refugees in the same box, and the prioritisation of border control.

5 April 2016
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