Andreas Marazis

Rethinking relationships in Europe’s East

Nov 4, 2014 No Comments ››
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A thorough review of the European Union’s (EU) approach towards its neighbourhood should be a top priority of the new EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and European Commissioner for the neighbourhood, Johannes Hahn. EU neighbourhood policies have produced few results in the tumultuous South (See FRIDE commentary no. 17 – Rethinking relationships to Europe’s South), and have been derailed both by Russia’s assertiveness and very uneven local commitment in the East.

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Brazil: what to expect from the new ‘old’ government?

Oct 30, 2014 No Comments ››
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Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected as President of Brazil after a much disputed second round of elections, held on 26 October 2014. Winning almost 52 per cent of the vote, the incumbent Rousseff of the Workers Party (PT) defeated the social democratic PSDB candidate Aécio Neves, against a backdrop of economic stagnation and widespread discontent with the political system. After a decade of social progress, Rousseff’s message of a ‘new cycle of transformation’ appealed to voters more than the uncertainty of more liberal economic change promised by Neves.

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Tunisia’s blessed scarcity

Oct 29, 2014 No Comments ››
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Following the adoption of a democratic constitution in January this year, Tunisia’s legislative elections held on October 26th – the country’s first democratic election to a permanent parliament – added another milestone to the country’s broadly promising trajectory.

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Will Ukraine’s new parliament speed up reforms?

Oct 28, 2014 No Comments ››
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The eighth Ukrainian parliament will be pro-Ukrainian, pro-European and hopefully pro-reform. Following the departure of Viktor Yanukovych from power in February, early parliamentary elections were one of the central demands of the Euromaidan protestors (presidential elections were held in May) as a necessary step towards genuine political change in the country.

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Euromaidan revisited

Oct 14, 2014 No Comments ››

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ISIS explained

Oct 9, 2014 No Comments ››

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Rethinking relationships to Europe’s South

Sep 26, 2014 No Comments ››
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Europe’s broader Southern vicinity has had an express geopolitical makeover. In one decade, a predictable order of political stasis in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has given way to an array of overlapping, often contradictory dynamics. Lacking the sort of single organising principle that policy-makers treasure for straightforward policy planning, the new Middle Eastern ‘dis-order’ will require Europeans to radically re-think the kind of relationships they can have with governments in the region.

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A pivot to Europe

Sep 15, 2014 1 Comment ››
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The new leaders of the European Union (EU) will take office at a watershed moment for Europe. After five years of damage limitation at home and abroad, the next five years will either be about investing in Europe’s economic growth, political cohesion and global influence, or managing decline while trying to cope with destabilising shocks. Europeans face a stark choice: a pivot to Europe or Europe’s decay.

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Who will save the UN peacekeeping mission in Syria?

Sep 10, 2014 No Comments ››
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After more than forty years keeping the peace on the Golan Heights, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria is close to collapse. UNDOF’s task – the maintenance of a  ‘disengagement zone’ (a de-militarised area) agreed by Syria and Israel as part of the ceasefire ending the 1973 Yom Kippur war – has been severely complicated by the civil war that has gripped Syria for more than three years.

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Pakistan: Democracy under threat

Sep 5, 2014 No Comments ››

During the last few weeks tens of thousands of protesters have been camped out in the centre of Islamabad calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. While the protest leaders are seeking to further their own political agendas, they have been able to tap into a deep well of public anger about Pakistan’s stagnant economy, corrupt and inept governance, spiralling insurgency and collapsing public services.

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