Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

The Advent of ‘Islamic’ Democracy in MENA
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The Advent of ‘Islamic’ Democracy in MENA

Indisputably, the Arab Spring has drastically reshaped the political landscape in MENA. Yet this scene is markedly diverse, heterogeneous and, most importantly, one of rivalry.

14 September 2012
Elections in Libya
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Elections in Libya

The election of a new national assembly in Libya is good news in several respects. Perhaps the first piece of good news is the simple fact that it actually took place and did so in a relatively peaceful atmosphere.

24 July 2012
The EU in the Arab Spring: A Reinforcer Rather than a Catalyst
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The EU in the Arab Spring: A Reinforcer Rather than a Catalyst

The EU has been relatively quick at responding to the changes in its neighborhood. Yet this well-articulated rhetoric has not delivered any efficient strategy thus far.

17 July 2012
China and the “Arab Spring”: a new player in the Middle East?
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China and the “Arab Spring”: a new player in the Middle East?

Driven by its external resource dependency, China had to adapt its foreign policy to the “Arab Spring” countries. In this process, Beijing showed its willingness to become a more active player to defend its growing interests.

5 July 2012
Egypt’s Presidential Elections: Moving Beyond Authoritarianism?
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Egypt’s Presidential Elections: Moving Beyond Authoritarianism?

The symbolic significance of Morsy’s election should not be underestimated – he has become an elected Islamist leader of the most populous Arab country. However, it does not necessarily signal a shift in the balance of power towards the Brotherho...

3 July 2012
La « sécuritocratie » dans la tourmente des révolutions arabes
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La « sécuritocratie » dans la tourmente des révolutions arabes

Les dictatures ont réussi à spolier et à démolir l’économie de leur pays. Ainsi, les dictateurs ont déchiré minutieusement le tissu social en rendant leurs sociétés à leurs états primitifs afin d’empêcher toute organisation civile.

2 July 2012
L’initiative 5+5 face au nouveau contexte en Méditerranée occidentale
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L’initiative 5+5 face au nouveau contexte en Méditerranée occidentale

La recherche de pistes de coopération qui ne soient pas seulement bilatérales, mais qui privilégient le développement de partenariats multilatéraux autour de la Méditerranée, est une nécessité.

28 June 2012
The Imperative of Security Sector Reform after the Arab Spring
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The Imperative of Security Sector Reform after the Arab Spring

The social and political revolts in the Middle East and North Africa generated unprecedented transformations in the region. Among the most urgent features of this evolution is the question of the need for reform of the security sector.

20 June 2012
Is an Islamist Democracy Emerging in North Africa? Its Contours and Objectives, A View from the North
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Is an Islamist Democracy Emerging in North Africa? Its Contours and Objectives, A View from the North

The main novelty of the Arab revolts in 2011-2012 is that state actors on the regional and international political scene will have to deal with new North African political leaders, who represent the will of the electorate.

15 June 2012
Egyptian Presidential Elections: From the First to the Second Round
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Egyptian Presidential Elections: From the First to the Second Round

Egyptians have lived through the dream of the transition, but they ended up in the forthcoming elections with the same choice between the military and the Islamists.

12 June 2012
Civil Society in Egypt and the Revolution of 25th January: What Role for the EU? A View from the South
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Civil Society in Egypt and the Revolution of 25th January: What Role for the EU? A View from the South

EU policy has limited itself until now to waiting to see developments and then starting to act. That seems to be inadequate and could contribute to complicating matters further on.

31 May 2012
Législatives algériennes: la légitimation électorale du discours sécuritaire
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Législatives algériennes: la légitimation électorale du discours sécuritaire

Les élections législatives algériennes suscitent un regain d´intérêt. L´Algérie est-elle dans une logique de redémarrage du processus de transition démocratique ?

16 May 2012