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Infrastructures and Power in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Policy Study

Infrastructures and Power in the Middle East and North Africa

Geopolitics is back. A more aggressive great power competition and the disruptive effects of new technologies have given new impetus to the analysis of the impact of geography on political decisions.

14 September 2020
The Role of China in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Beyond Economic Interests?
  • Policy Study

The Role of China in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Beyond Economic Interests?

MENA has traditionally been rather peripheral to China’s interests. However, since the early 2000s, with fast-growing energy demand in the country and launch of the “global war on terrorism”, the region has been on Beijing’s radar.

20 July 2020
On the Insufficiencies and Dark Side of the Principle of Differentiated Bilateralism
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On the Insufficiencies and Dark Side of the Principle of Differentiated Bilateralism

The essay is a critical assessment of the current state of the ENP through the prism of the principle of differentiated bilateralism, beyond the debate between normative and realist approaches of EU foreign policy.

20 November 2019
Cooperation with Religious Institutions as a European Policy Tool
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Cooperation with Religious Institutions as a European Policy Tool

For at least three decades now religion has been re-entering the public sphere and politics in Europe and globally. Its re-emergence, however, bears little resemblance to the past when the religion-state coupling was unequivocal.

20 May 2019
Global Power Shifts, Rational Choice and Role Conflict: Explaining the Trajectories of the Central Maghreb Countries’ EU Policies since 2011
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Global Power Shifts, Rational Choice and Role Conflict: Explaining the Trajectories of the Central Maghreb Countries’ EU Policies since 2011

This paper seeks to trace and explain the diverging and non-linear trajectories of the three central Maghreb countries’ foreign policies towards the EU since the 2011 Arab Uprisings.

18 April 2019
The Role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Strategy or Opportunism?
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The Role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Strategy or Opportunism?

Over the last few years, the myth of a Russian “return” to the MENA region has captured increasing attention all over the area and beyond. Is the growing Russian assertiveness in the region enough to speak of a proper Moscow “strategy”?

16 April 2019
The EU-Tunisia Privileged Partnership – What Next?
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The EU-Tunisia Privileged Partnership – What Next?

It would be odd if the outcome of the Association Council were limited to the adoption of partnership priorities. While a new model of partnership will not be presented, there should be some language on an ambitious mid- to long-term perspective.

16 April 2018
The 5+5 Dialogue as a Mechanism of Integration and Regional Cooperation
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The 5+5 Dialogue as a Mechanism of Integration and Regional Cooperation

Cooperation at the regional level faces many future challenges, and that is where the added value of the 5+5 Dialogue resides, provided that complementarities continue to exist with the other cooperation structures.

12 December 2016
The ENP between Ambitions and Delusions: Analysing Europe’s Misconceptions in Supporting Democratisation in Egypt
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The ENP between Ambitions and Delusions: Analysing Europe’s Misconceptions in Supporting Democratisation in Egypt

The Arab uprisings in general and the Egyptian one in particular have triggered questions with regard to the efficiency of the EMP and the ENP. The EU was neither able to anticipate these events nor capable of influencing them.

15 November 2016
Why the EU Needs to Rethink its Neighbourhood Policy
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Why the EU Needs to Rethink its Neighbourhood Policy

After the Arab uprisings, the European Neighbourhood Policy has been still trapped in neoliberal paradigms and the idea that Europe’s experiences are a lesson for all.

20 September 2016
Les transformations géopolitiques dans la région MENA : Les dynamiques structurantes
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Les transformations géopolitiques dans la région MENA : Les dynamiques structurantes

Cet article analyse les transformations géopolitiques dans la région MENA à travers une approche multidimensionnelle.

15 July 2015
Reviewing the European Neighbourhood Policy
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Reviewing the European Neighbourhood Policy

A better coordination between Members States and the EU and between the EEAS and the European Commission is of paramount importance in order to ensure the functioning of the ENP.

15 June 2015