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India’s 2014 elections

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments ››

From 7 April to 12 May 2014, the world’s largest democracy, India, holds parliamentary elections. Around 815 million eligible voters can choose from some 1,616 political parties, but Narendra Modi, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is widely touted to become the next Indian prime minister.

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Bolstering the EU-Africa security partnership

Apr 1, 2014 No Comments ››
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On 2-3 April, European and African leaders will meet at a summit in Brussels to discuss the future of EU-Africa relations. Progress on implementing the 2007 Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) – a vision for EU-Africa partnership – has been limited by a lack of political leadership on both sides, an overly bureaucratic approach, and disagreements over issues such as trade, international justice and governance.

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Egypt in the balance: between change and chaos

Mar 27, 2014 No Comments ››

After three years since the beginning of the revolution and the fall of Mubarak, Egypt is still struggling to consolidate its democratic transition and could be facing a reverse trend.

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Yemen’s creaky compromise

Mar 20, 2014 No Comments ››
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Yemen’s political transition process has, against many odds, managed to remain on track. In contrast to some other Arab transitions since 2011, it has been portrayed as a qualified success, mainly thanks the National Dialogue Conference, which concluded in January 2014.

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The end of Russia’s Eurasian project

Mar 13, 2014 No Comments ››
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What do recent events in Ukraine mean for other post-Soviet republics in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia? Russia’s takeover of Crimea has reminded its neighbours that – in Moscow’s eyes – they are post-Soviet states first and newly independent states second.

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No-win in Venezuela?

Mar 5, 2014 No Comments ››
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After three weeks of bloody street protests and at least 17 deaths and 137 wounded, Venezuela is currently enduring the most violent phase of a long-running political conflict. Most international actors – the European Union (EU), the United States and regional organisations – have stressed the need for a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the government and the opposition. But the prospects currently look grim.

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Iran’s increasing influence in the region

Mar 5, 2014 No Comments ››

Iran has recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. Under President Rouhani Iran has assumed a more positive role in the region and internationally. However, according to FRIDE Senior Researcher Barah Mikail, it is Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, who still calls the shots in terms of the country’s foreign policy.

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¿Qué piensan de Europa los ciudadanos?

Feb 27, 2014 No Comments ››

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The Aam Aadmi Party – Game-changer for Indian politics?

Feb 24, 2014 1 Comment ››
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India’s newest political party, the Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP), has brought a fresh twist to Indian politics in the run up to the mid-April Lok Sabha (national legislative) elections. Having already shaken the national political debate, the AAP is a potential political game-changer.

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Ucrania: a la espera de una reforma integral

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments ››

Tras cuatro meses de protestas, la crisis ucraniana se encuentra en un punto muerto. No hay perspectivas de negociación entre gobierno y oposición y el parlamento tampoco ha logrado avances. Los protestantes siguen en las calles y Euromaidan se ha convertido en un movimiento de la sociedad civil que se ha extendido por todo el país. A nivel internacional, mientras Rusia apoya al gobierno económica y políticamente, la Unión Europea intenta ayudar apoyando el diálogo e instando el fin de la violencia, pero hacen falta medidas más concretas.

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