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A pivot to Europe

Sep 15, 2014 No Comments ››
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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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NATO’s twin tensions

Aug 29, 2014 No Comments ››
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In early 2013 the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said that after its 2014 drawdown from Afghanistan, the strategic posture of the Atlantic Alliance would shift ‘from deployed NATO to prepared NATO’.

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The BRICS Summit – coming of age?

Jul 24, 2014 No Comments ››
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The sixth BRICS Summit – bringing together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – was held in Fortaleza, Brazil from 14-16 July. The summit marked a step change in the level of ambition of that group, and carries important implications for the future of global economic governance. The summit highlighted East-West and North-South divisions in the emerging global order, and a desire to reshape the Western-dominated global financial system. It also showed the determination of the BRICS to set up alternative forums outside of existing multilateral mechanisms – if existing bodies are not reformed to reflect the growing economic clout and priorities of the BRICS.

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Adressing instability in the Sahel and the Levant

Jul 11, 2014 No Comments ››

Three years after the uprisings in the Arab world, the wider MENA region is increasingly unstable. From the Sahel to the Levant, trans-national threats and geopolitical competition intersect, with destabilising effects for regional security.

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Nepal: how to achieve the peace process?

Jun 30, 2014 No Comments ››

In this latest FRIDE video, senior researcher Clare Castillejo provides an outlook on Nepal’s political context.

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Moldova signs, Moscow sighs…for now

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments ››
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On 27 June Moldova and Georgia will sign Association Agreements with the European Union (EU) in Brussels, including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) accords. That same day Ukraine will also sign a DCFTA, thus finalising its Association Agreement with the EU. Most eyes are currently set on Ukraine, which is in turmoil but whose government has chosen a European direction. Georgia has also firmly chosen a closer relationship with the EU, boasting large support from the population. But what about Moldova? 

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Modi and the EU

Jun 11, 2014 No Comments ››
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The recent election victory of the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has proffered India a strong central government. By emerging as the largest party in parliament (Lok Sabha) with a simple majority (282 of 543 seats), the BJP has changed the paradigm of Indian politics, ending nearly three decades of bulky coalition governments that hindered governance and service delivery. While domestic issues – in particular kick-starting India’s ailing economy – will be the government’s overriding priority, there is already a noticeably clear focus on foreign affairs.

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Boko Haram

Jun 4, 2014 No Comments ››

In this FRIDE video, senior researcher Clare Castillejo analyses the emergence of the terrorist insurgent group Boko Haram and the impact it is having in Africa, particularly in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. The expert also puts forward some recommendations to deal with the group’s violent activities.

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