Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

Les noirs tunisiens après la révolution de 2011. Retour sur les prémices d´un mouvement contre le racisme
  • Policy Brief

Les noirs tunisiens après la révolution de 2011. Retour sur les prémices d´un mouvement contre le racisme

Le mouvement noir en Tunisie a cherché à se trouver une place parmi les différents mouvements civiques en Tunisie. Cela n’était pas facile dans un contexte politique et social encore conservateur et qui ne reconnaît pas la diversité.

27 August 2018
Trade, Security and Neoliberal Politics: Whither Arab Reform?
  • Focus

Trade, Security and Neoliberal Politics: Whither Arab Reform?

Although large-scale protests were driven by a combination of political and socioeconomic factors and grievances, they have yielded many different outcomes.

26 July 2018
Civil Society in Action – Promoting Sub-Regional Cooperation Between CSOs as a Way Forward?
  • Policy Brief

Civil Society in Action – Promoting Sub-Regional Cooperation Between CSOs as a Way Forward?

Eastern Mediterranean states are facing numerous domestic challenges to their democratic institutions. The region is highly heterogeneous in terms of these challenges. But there are also common ones, including empowering CSOs.

5 July 2018
Eastern Mediterranean Regional Dynamics: Conflicts and Opportunities for Conflict Resolution Support
  • Policy Brief

Eastern Mediterranean Regional Dynamics: Conflicts and Opportunities for Conflict Resolution Support

Diplomatic engagement between countries in the Eastern Mediterranean presents the opportunity for regional cooperation on a range of issues. It has also the potential to lead to shared regional institutions that promote regional stability.

27 June 2018
Citizenship Challenges in The Arab Region
  • Policy Brief

Citizenship Challenges in The Arab Region

The Arab Spring put forward a number of demands. It is therefore not surprising that a number of minority groups actively participated in the uprisings, calling for end of oppression and the recognition of their rights.

7 May 2018
Post-Varna EU-Turkey Relations. Neither a Break-Through, nor a Break-up
  • Spot On

Post-Varna EU-Turkey Relations. Neither a Break-Through, nor a Break-up

The Varna summit did not bring any breakthrough in the EU-Turkey relationship. However, mutual interdependence on trade and migration means that a divorce of this troubled marriage is not in their interest.

10 April 2018
Egypt, Poised for a Comeback to the Mediterranean Region
  • Spot On

Egypt, Poised for a Comeback to the Mediterranean Region

On 6 February 2018, the Union for the Mediterranean Senior Officials confirmed the appointment of Nasser Kamel as the new Secretary General. This will mark a turning point in the life of the institution.

21 March 2018
Iran at the Heart of the Middle East
  • Focus

Iran at the Heart of the Middle East

To many countries in the Middle East, Iran is a disruptive and difficult power. But Iran’s goals are no different from those of other countries: it seeks to preserve its territorial integrity and secure its borders.

26 February 2018
Terrorism in the Sahel Region: An Evolving Threat on Europe’s Doorstep
  • Policy Brief

Terrorism in the Sahel Region: An Evolving Threat on Europe’s Doorstep

A combination of several factors exacerbated the Sahel’s vulnerability. In this volatile landscape, violent extremism and armed militancy created the conditions for the expansion of new threats in the Sahel region and its neighbourhood.

19 February 2018
Comparing the War Economies of Syria and Libya
  • Focus

Comparing the War Economies of Syria and Libya

There are four principal modalities of the Libyan and Syrian war economies: the extraction of rents and extortion; the direct sale of goods; access to or predation upon state revenues; and the patronage of external actors.

19 February 2018
From Refugees to Asylum Seekers? Palestinian Refugees and the Syrian Conflict
  • Focus

From Refugees to Asylum Seekers? Palestinian Refugees and the Syrian Conflict

The current forced migration of Palestinian refugees, largely overshadowed by the magnitude of the Syrian refugee crisis, raises many questions regarding the status of refugees forced to leave their countries.

12 February 2018
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