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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
Regional Powers in a Transforming Middle East
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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
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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
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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”
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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
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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
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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