Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

Hostile Environments in the Mediterranean
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Hostile Environments in the Mediterranean

In May 2012, Theresa May said that her aim “was to create a really hostile environment for illegal migration.” The “hostile environment” has since come to characterise a “culture of cruelty” in UK immigration policy.

10 February 2020
Water Diplomacy Frameworks in the Middle East and the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin
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Water Diplomacy Frameworks in the Middle East and the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin

Water diplomacy is not limited only to government officials. Indeed Track-two initiatives also play important roles in water diplomacy.

7 February 2020
Security Challenges and Authoritarian Resilience in the Levant in a Regional and International Perspective – The Case of Jordan
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Security Challenges and Authoritarian Resilience in the Levant in a Regional and International Perspective – The Case of Jordan

As a result of regional conflicts, Palestinian refugees have played an important role in defining Jordanian foreign and security policy. The question of the Palestinians in Jordan constitutes a significant issue in regional politics.

5 February 2020
In from the Cold: Russia’s Agenda in the Middle East and Implications for the EU
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In from the Cold: Russia’s Agenda in the Middle East and Implications for the EU

ussian foreign policy in the MENA forms part of a comprehensive strategy, aimed at undercutting what it perceives as Western supremacy. However, in the perception of several regional leaders, Russia emerged as a consistent actor, proving reliable.

4 February 2020
Imposing Middle East Peace: Why EU Member States Should Recognise Palestine
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Imposing Middle East Peace: Why EU Member States Should Recognise Palestine

In late 2017, US President broke US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Today’s Foreign Affairs Council is an opportunity to take stock of the situation and to contemplate the next moves to make.

22 January 2020
Graffiti and Political Sarcasm as Tools for Political Participation in Egypt
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Graffiti and Political Sarcasm as Tools for Political Participation in Egypt

In Egypt, one of the forms used on social media to refer to political developments were sarcasm and satire. Following 2011, another form of activism appeared – graffiti - aimed to keep the spirit of the revolution awake.

28 December 2019
Algeria: To Vote or Not to Vote?
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Algeria: To Vote or Not to Vote?

We asked a group of Algerian and European young political analysts to shed some light on the situation in Algeria before the elections. Is Algeria ready for the elections? What is at stake?

15 December 2019
When Austerity Meets Activism: A Common Tale on the Opposite Shores of the Mediterranean
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When Austerity Meets Activism: A Common Tale on the Opposite Shores of the Mediterranean

Despite economic, social and political differences between Amman and Athens and different ideologies channeling the crowds’ sentiments, in both cases people took to the streets due to comparable economic grievances.

4 November 2019
Youth Water Cooperation in the Mediterranean: Challenges and the Way Forward
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Youth Water Cooperation in the Mediterranean: Challenges and the Way Forward

In the context of the current water challenges in the Mediterranean region, young people are making a difference by adopting innovative solutions to water issues and raising awareness on issues related to water management.

31 October 2019
25 Years of Wadi Araba: the State of Jordanian-Israeli Relations and the Future of the Peace Treaty
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25 Years of Wadi Araba: the State of Jordanian-Israeli Relations and the Future of the Peace Treaty

Next 26 October will mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Peace Agreement between Jordan and Israel, known as the Wadi Araba Treaty. 25 years later, serious doubts arise with regards to the future of the treaty.

28 October 2019
Peace According to Real Estate Dealers
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Peace According to Real Estate Dealers

Most details of the hyped peace plan for the Israelis and Palestinians, prepared by the Trump administration, are unknown: what is in it, when it will be announced, and who, if anyone, will sit down to negotiate.

25 October 2019
New Old Thinking in Palestine
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New Old Thinking in Palestine

There is a Jewish maxim that people tend to look for a lost key where there is light and not where they lost the key. The diplomatic efforts to end the Israel/Palestine conflict were a search for the key where there was light.

21 October 2019