Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

Civil Society, Its Role and Potential in the New Mediterranean: Which EU Policies? A View from the North
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Civil Society, Its Role and Potential in the New Mediterranean: Which EU Policies? A View from the North

There are few options the EU could choose to avoid yet another loss of credibility. One is to open up to the various segments of Arab civil society, to follow their discourses and to enter into a critical dialogue with all of them.

7 May 2012
The EU and the Arab Spring, One Year After (a view from the North)
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The EU and the Arab Spring, One Year After (a view from the North)

While the EU has delivered reasonably well on money in a context of severe economic crisis, the commitments on markets and mobility require active commitments by EU Member States and are still work in progress.

19 April 2012
The EU and the Arab Spring, One Year After (a view from the South)
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The EU and the Arab Spring, One Year After (a view from the South)

New challenges in the field of democracy promotion need novel and adaptive policies. The EU will have to walk a tightrope between non-interference in domestic political struggles and meddling in domestic politics.

18 April 2012
Les défis de l’État libyen après la « guerre pour la démocratie »
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Les défis de l’État libyen après la « guerre pour la démocratie »

La guerre en Libye ont mis fin au pouvoir de Kadhafi, créant une situation pour laquelle le gouvernement provisoire est peu préparé.

11 April 2012
In Syria, The Diplomatic Solution Lies in the Isolation of the Regime
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In Syria, The Diplomatic Solution Lies in the Isolation of the Regime

It is taken for granted that the social networks, Internet and mobile phones have played a big part in the Arab Spring. How far do these media have a determining role?

14 March 2012
Lebanon in the Midst of the “Arab Spring” : plus ça marche…
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Lebanon in the Midst of the “Arab Spring” : plus ça marche…

Looking more in-depth at the effects and impact of the Arab Spring on Lebanon, it appears clear that the country had been affected by the ongoing social and political changes taking place within the region.

28 February 2012
Lebanon: Current Domestic and Regional Situation and Outlook
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Lebanon: Current Domestic and Regional Situation and Outlook

Tension in the Middle East region has reached unprecedented levels with crisis breaking out all over the place as a result of the so-called “Arab Spring”. Caught up in the middle of this whole regional mess is – as usual – Lebanon.

15 February 2012
Législatives égyptiennes (2011-2012) : des élections pas comme les autres
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Législatives égyptiennes (2011-2012) : des élections pas comme les autres

Il existe aujourd’hui 41 partis politiques en Égypte, dont 36 créés après la Révolution. À la veille des élections, plusieurs coalitions électorales ont été formées regroupant les partis de tendance ou d’intérêts communs.

10 February 2012
Egypt’s Foreign Policy: Post-Western and Pan-Islamic
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Egypt’s Foreign Policy: Post-Western and Pan-Islamic

While the EU and the US are preoccupied with Egypt’s attitude towards them, Israel and Iran, other countries are entering the competition for privileged relations with the transforming Egypt. The new Egyptian foreign policy will not favour the Wes...

8 February 2012
The Arab Uprisings and the New Geopolitics of the Middle East
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The Arab Uprisings and the New Geopolitics of the Middle East

The Arab uprisings are not only transforming the political structures of Arab states and societies. The geopolitics of the region is also undergoing profound change, not seen since the 1967 war.

6 February 2012
Egypt After Parliamentary Elections: Policy Recommendations for Domestic and External Actors
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Egypt After Parliamentary Elections: Policy Recommendations for Domestic and External Actors

The date of the 28th November marks the start of the first “relatively” free and fair elections, held just after the Egyptian Revolution. Challenges facing the next parliament are enormous but the opportunities are still here.

6 February 2012
Egypt’s Elections: Ballots vs. Bullets
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Egypt’s Elections: Ballots vs. Bullets

While the election outcome to the lower house is now clear in that Islamists won more than two thirds of the seats contested, the broader political consequences remain uncertain. The key question is whether the SCAF can live with that result.

10 January 2012