Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

Human Security & Climate Change. Vulnerabilities in the Sahel
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Human Security & Climate Change. Vulnerabilities in the Sahel

New threats to human security emerge in a regional context in the Sahel already characterized by exceptional political instability involving a combination of rebellions, jihadist insurgencies, coups d’état and illegal trafficking.

1 March 2019
Dazed and Confused : Russian “Information Warfare” and the Middle East – The Syria Lessons
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Dazed and Confused : Russian “Information Warfare” and the Middle East – The Syria Lessons

“Information warfare” is conceived by the Russian leadership as a potent instrument to achieve its foreign policy objectives. Russian informational strategy following Syria chemical attacks aimed at dividing Western leaders.

27 February 2019
Challenges Faced by Syrian Refugees in the Higher Education Systems of Host Countries and How to Overcome Them. Lessons Learned from Jordan
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Challenges Faced by Syrian Refugees in the Higher Education Systems of Host Countries and How to Overcome Them. Lessons Learned from Jordan

The Syrian crisis had a significant impact on most of the countries hosting Syrian refugees. Host countries developed new approaches to deal with the consequences of the prolonged stay of refugees.

25 February 2019
The EU-Arab Summit: A Chance to Reset Relations With the Arab World?
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The EU-Arab Summit: A Chance to Reset Relations With the Arab World?

Leaders of the EU and the Arab League states are to meet in Sharm el Sheikh in an unprecedented encounter. With the stakes as they are, neither Europe nor the Arab world can afford a failure.

21 February 2019
La mobilité des jeunes chercheurs dans l’espace euro-méditerranéen : Réalité, enjeux et facteurs déterminants
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La mobilité des jeunes chercheurs dans l’espace euro-méditerranéen : Réalité, enjeux et facteurs déterminants

La réalité actuelle de la mobilité des jeunes chercheurs dans la région euro-méditerranéenne appelle à repenser les politiques qui régissent la libre circulation des connaissances et des porteurs d’idées.

14 January 2019
Merchants of Fear. Discursive Securitization of the Refugee Crisis in the Visegrad Group Countries
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Merchants of Fear. Discursive Securitization of the Refugee Crisis in the Visegrad Group Countries

Since the beginning of the refugee crisis politicians from the Visegrad group states have been infamously vocal in their aversion to the asylum seekers. This despite the fact that their countries were among the least affected by refugee movements.

7 January 2019
WANTED: More Fluid Relationships between Researchers and Officials in the Euro-Mediterranean Region
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WANTED: More Fluid Relationships between Researchers and Officials in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

The assumption hiding behind the concept of “evidence-based decision-making” is that policy makers are eager to consider the work of researchers. Yet, this equation seems to be dysfunctional in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

28 November 2018
Building a Youth Euro-Med Community through Learning and Research Mobility: Incubators and Obstacles
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Building a Youth Euro-Med Community through Learning and Research Mobility: Incubators and Obstacles

Mobility and fieldwork are key drivers of the quality of academic and scientific research. However, those are not always easily accessible to researchers from the southern shore of the Mediterranean.

26 November 2018
Oslo + 25, Lessons Learned and Ways Forward
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Oslo + 25, Lessons Learned and Ways Forward

The Oslo Accords have been the subject of considerable debate ever since the agreement was signed in 1993. 25 years later, an almost desperate situation paradoxically opens a window of opportunity for Europe.

19 November 2018
Recovering EU – Egypt Relations, But Core Political Issues Remain
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Recovering EU – Egypt Relations, But Core Political Issues Remain

The eighth EU - Egypt Association Council is due to meet on 20 December 2018. The EU - Egypt relationship holds great potential for socio-economic cooperation, while political issues remain unresolved.

19 November 2018
Morocco’s Political Use of Islam and its Religious Diplomacy
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Morocco’s Political Use of Islam and its Religious Diplomacy

After the 2003 bombing attacks in Casablanca, Morocco has been seeking to limit the influence of opposing religious doctrines to the “Moroccan official Islam”. This was followed by a restructuring of the religious field.

7 November 2018
New Wine into Old Wineskins? Addressing Patterns of Institutional Development in Euro-Mediterranean Relations in the Wake of the So-Called “EU Refugee Crisis”
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New Wine into Old Wineskins? Addressing Patterns of Institutional Development in Euro-Mediterranean Relations in the Wake of the So-Called “EU Refugee Crisis”

Since 2015 EU Member States have been calling for a reform of common migration policies. However, the most powerful and influential MS managed to hinder any attempt to communitarise responsibility for decisions.

29 October 2018