Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

Fragile States and the Issue of Foreign Interventions in the Sahel
  • Policy Brief

Fragile States and the Issue of Foreign Interventions in the Sahel

The EU policy towards the Sahel was either a failure or mixed success because of different reasons. Without a more significant financial contribution and a comprehensive approach, the EU cannot contribute to state building processes in the Sahel.

9 February 2018
Turkey´s Fight Against Youth Radicalisation: Small Steps On a Long Path
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Turkey´s Fight Against Youth Radicalisation: Small Steps On a Long Path

The Turkish government has responded to radicalisation by combining both hard and soft approaches and resorting to different methods. Regardless, youth radicalisation and extremism continue to pose a threat to the country.

10 January 2018
The Role of Schools in Tackling the Problem of Radicalisation in Germany
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The Role of Schools in Tackling the Problem of Radicalisation in Germany

How to prevent terrorist acts has become a key question within current policy debates. In search of relevant actors that can contribute to the prevention of radicalisation, schools were identified to play a major role.

13 December 2017
Beyond Signposting. New Approach to Working with Families of Radicalised Youth and Cooperating with National Authorities
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Beyond Signposting. New Approach to Working with Families of Radicalised Youth and Cooperating with National Authorities

An estimated 27,000-31,000 foreign fighters have joined terrorist groups such as Daesh or Al-Qaeda affiliates. The need for effective prevention and de-radicalisation programmes cannot therefore be overestimated.

12 December 2017
Jihadism and Information Warfare beyond Daesh
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Jihadism and Information Warfare beyond Daesh

The narrative surrounding the question of social media usage in the Middle East has undeniably shifted. In light of the Jihadist propaganda, the initial optimism was replaced by a skeptical view on the pitfalls of online political activism.

11 December 2017
La crisis en Siria y los grupos islamistas
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La crisis en Siria y los grupos islamistas

Hace mucho tiempo que la guerra en Siria dejó de enfrentar a sirios contra sirios y se convirtió en una guerra por delegación en la cual las potencias regionales intentan dirimir sus diferencias mediante el apoyo a uno u otro bando.

17 July 2017
Montenegro at a Crossroads
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Montenegro at a Crossroads

The Republic of Montenegro is soon to become a member of NATO. The inclusion of this country in the framework of NATO and the EU is likely to ensure its stability and contribute to the stability of the region.

8 May 2017
Fragility in Tunisia: a Test Case for Integrated Security and Development Assistance
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Fragility in Tunisia: a Test Case for Integrated Security and Development Assistance

Security is a key challenge for Tunisia’s democratic transition. Despite significant increase in foreign support to the Tunisian security sector, a lack of integrated security-development strategy may erode the country’s progress towards stabilit...

12 March 2017
Syrian Civil War: Limitations and Preconditions for Effective Multilateralism in an Evermore Conflictual Multipolar World
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Syrian Civil War: Limitations and Preconditions for Effective Multilateralism in an Evermore Conflictual Multipolar World

The only feasible way to reach lasting conflict resolution in Syria requires external actors finding a reconciliation of interests that goes far beyond the Syrian conflict. There is a need for a U.S.-EU-Russian grand bargain.

28 February 2017
Security Challenges in the Maghreb: The Nexus between Bad Governance and Violent Extremism
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Security Challenges in the Maghreb: The Nexus between Bad Governance and Violent Extremism

The Maghreb has faced serious security challenges in recent years. Although many pundits focus attention on “terrorism,” they often overlook the nexus between bad governance and violent extremism.

27 February 2017
The UN and Sustainable Peace in Syria – Still Worth Debating
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The UN and Sustainable Peace in Syria – Still Worth Debating

The UN remains the sole formal authority willing to and capable of facilitating a sustainable peace in Syria. To what extent the UN has learnt from its engagement in previous conflicts?

25 November 2016
Libyan Political Economy: Political Conflict, Crisis Management and Structural Reform
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Libyan Political Economy: Political Conflict, Crisis Management and Structural Reform

The ongoing political division and armed conflict in Libya have overshadowed the critical stage Libyan economy has reached. Libya’s only source of income, oil exports, became an integral dimension of the conflict.

6 October 2016