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The master of the game in Ankara

Nov 6, 2015 No Comments ››
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The evening of June 7, 2015 – election day – must have been one of the worst nights in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s political life. The Justice and Development Party (AKP), which he had led until August 2014, lost its majority in Parliament, shattering his dream of introducing a Presidential system in Turkey. However, in the aftermath of the June elections, Mr. Erdoğan managed to reverse the electorate’s verdict. Fully exploiting the prerogatives of his office and his considerable influence over his former party, he blocked attempts to form a coalition government. Through a series of smart strategic moves and taking advantage of the ineptitude and disarray of the opposition parties, he succeeded in forcing a repeat election on the country.

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Ukraine’s Local Elections 2015: the regionalisation of politics

Oct 28, 2015 No Comments ››
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On 25 October Ukrainians elected their local, rayon (subregional) and oblast (regional) council deputies and mayors. These were the first country-wide local elections held since the Euromaidan revolution of 2013-2014, and there was an expectation that they would help bring about a democratic renewal of political elites at the local and regional level. Importantly, as a result of the ongoing decentralisation reform, the newly elected council members and mayors will have more resources and executive powers.

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Japan’s defense policy – A new ‘normal’?

Sep 9, 2015 No Comments ››
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When it comes to security in the Asia-Pacific, China’s strategic rise is often the first thing that comes to mind. But Japan’s changing security role both in the region and internationally is also of great significance.

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European integration starts abroad

Jul 2, 2015 No Comments ››
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Following last week’s European Council and the expiration of Greece’s bailout, all eyes are now set on the outcome of the Greek referendum and the future of European integration. The summit has shown the extent of strain in Europe’s political fabric.

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Yemen: who stands to gain?

May 18, 2015 No Comments ››
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Yemen has become the testing ground for Saudi Arabia’s new assertive foreign policy and its bid for regional leadership. A Saudi-led coalition launched an aerial bombing campaign at the end of March to contain and reverse Houthi rebels’ expansion and reinstate exiled President Hadi.

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Addressing fragility

Apr 8, 2015 No Comments ››

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Political tensions mount in Southern Algeria

Mar 25, 2015 No Comments ››
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The Algerian government is under increasing pressure, stemming from political and social turmoil in the south of the country. This comes amidst mounting terrorist threats and economic concerns due to low oil prices. The south holds the majority of the country’s oil and gas reserves and is key for Algeria’s security.

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Crisis in Yemen

Mar 3, 2015 No Comments ››

Yemen is on the brink of collapse, with Houthi rebels having taken over large parts of the country, including the capital, Sanaa.

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The disorder management strategies of others

Feb 3, 2015 No Comments ››

“The question we ask in this annual publication is not how Europe is dealing with disorder but how others are coping with growing instability”.

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New donors and the development agenda

Jan 16, 2015 No Comments ››

2015 is the European Year of international development, during which a new framework for development should be adopted. The development agenda has changed and although the EU remains the world’s largest donor of official development assistance (ODA), countries such as China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Korea are playing an increasingly important role in development.

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