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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Pakistan: under the Taliban threat

Dec 18, 2014 No Comments ››
 

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Libya: a divided country?

Dec 15, 2014 No Comments ››
 

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Tunisia’s path to democracy?

Nov 27, 2014 No Comments ››
 

In what ways is Tunisia different from its neighbours? What are the factors behind its positive path to democracy? What would an electoral victory of Essebsi mean for the democratic transition? What are the challenges ahead?

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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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