Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

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
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
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
What’s Next for UN Peace Efforts in Libya?
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What’s Next for UN Peace Efforts in Libya?

Established after the Libyan Revolution in 2011, UNSMIL has since been aiming to support Libyan national efforts in post-conflict peace-building and transition.

14 December 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 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
What Are the Prospects for Success of the Peace Talks on Syria?
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What Are the Prospects for Success of the Peace Talks on Syria?

The United Nations Peace Conference on Syria is due to take place on 22nd January. Several factors helped bring about this meeting, despite the failure of initial attempts.

21 January 2014
The European Global Strategy and the Mediterranean
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The European Global Strategy and the Mediterranean

Many recent comments on the EU’s Mediterranean policy come to the conclusion that the challenge raised by the Arab Spring has less to do with existing policies than with a lack of strategy.

20 June 2013
Ceasefire Agreements Will Not Work: Activation of the Peace Process is the Solution
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Ceasefire Agreements Will Not Work: Activation of the Peace Process is the Solution

The recent ceasefire agreement signed in Cairo between Hamas and Israel was certainly not the first ceasefire since the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, and unfortunately will not be the last.

28 November 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
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
L’Algérie: Un Calme Trompeur?
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L’Algérie: Un Calme Trompeur?

La Libye « libérée » ne manque pas de soulever des interrogations en Algérie. Pourquoi les révoltés libyens ont-ils aussi vite basculé dans une stratégie insurrectionnelle ? Ce scénario libyen est-il à même de se reproduire en Algérie?

25 November 2011