After the failed terrorist plot at Detroit airport in the USA, the FRIDE expert warns that such incidents will continue to occur in the near future.
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FRIDE’s expert discusses the latest events in Iran, which caused the death of several people. He explains that this is a clear sign of unrest among the population, which is now doing more than simply arguing over the election results.
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At a forum organised by Radio Nederland, the FRIDE expert shares the microphone with the Guatemalan analyst Gustavo Porras and the Chilean professor Jorge Heine to analyse Latin American countries’ expectations of the Spanish EU presidency.
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Live from the Danish capital, the ex-President of Costa Rica, expert in sustainable development and patron of FRIDE discusses the successes and failures of the first week of negotiations at the Climate Change Summit.
Juan Manuel Fernández, the Intermón Oxfam coordinator in the Canary Islands, also participated in the discussion, which was broadcast on Radio Autonómica de Canarias.
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The FRIDE expert discusses on Radio Nacional de España the US President’s recent announcement regarding the increase in troops in Afghanistan and the timeline for withdrawal from July 2011. He also suggests ways in which the European Union should get involved in this strategy.
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Paulo Botta comments on the domestic consequences of the limited legitimacy of Ahmadineyad’s government, the serious economic problems stemming from the global financial crisis and the way in which the regime’s increasing international isolation is affecting the population.
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FRIDE’s Director of Research Richard Youngs, along with other analysts, participates in a special programme about Turkey for Radio France International. The debate focuses on the challengewhich the Eurasian country’s prospect of EU accession is currently facing.
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The FRIDE expert discusses on Radio France International the internal division between Iranian conservatives and reformists, which has left President Ahmadineyad isolated.
FRIDE’s expert participated in the programme ‘El Debate’ for CNN+ in order to analyse the island’s situation and comment on the visit of the Spanish Chancellor, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, who will push for a change in the EU’s stance regarding the regime when Spain takes over the EU presidency.
The interview took place on Wednesday 21 October. Vicente Botin, journalist and former Cuban correspondent for TVE, also took part.
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The suicide bombing in the Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan could lead the Ayatollah’s regime to cooperate with the international fight against terrorism, as FRIDE specialist Paulo Botta tells Radio Nacional de Colombia.
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FRIDE’s expert, along with Germán Rojas, director of the FAO in Spain, discusses on Radio Autonómica de Canarias the dramatic situation of the more than 1000 million people throughout the world who are dying of hunger. In addition, they suggest themes for discussion at the next food security summit in Rome.
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The coordinating editor indicates that, in order to be successful, the international peace forces with a UN Security Council mandate should be incorporated into a political strategy that is supported by civil society.
Blanca Antonini, the editor of FRIDE’s book "Security Council resolutions under Chapter VII", discusses on Radio Autonómica Canarias the triumphs and failures of some of the peace missions examined in the aforementioned study.
According to the international atomic energy agency’s report, Iran could now start to make an atomic bomb. FRIDE’s analyst discusses the news for Radio Univision (Florida).
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FRIDE expert analyses for Radio France International the meetings of the representatives of Iran with the Group of Six (G6).
FRIDE experts Richard Youngs and Laura Tedesco analyses in an interview with Radio Autonómica de Canarias the summit; its legitimacy, successes and failures.
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The Latin American region seems to be facing new tensions as several countries have started to acquire weapons. FRIDE expert Susanne Gratius and Carlos Malamud from Real Instituto Elcano analyse this situation in a debate in Radio Autonómica de Canarias.
Experts from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime analyse the problem of the ‘maras’ in a seminar on drug trafficking organised by FRIDE.
FRIDE expert analyses Bariloche summit, highlighting the important role of Brazil and commenting on the positions of Colombia and Venezuela. Radio Nacional de España.
FRIDE expert Matthews analyses in an interview with Radio Nacional de Colombia the outcome of the Afghan elections, the prospects of a second electoral round and the future of the population.
After renewed talks between Morocco and the Polisario after 18 silent months, FRIDE expert analyses the prospects of reaching an agreement over Western Sahara, placing emphasis on the concessions the Alawi monarchy needs to make. Canary Islands' Regional Radio.
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FRIDE’ expert provides an overview of the 2008 military actions which faced Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia. The analyst participated in "Informe Semanal" on TVE 1, commenting the ongoing disputes between both countries in order to keep the region under its own sphere of influence. (In spanish).
In an in-depth interview on the Canary Islands' Regional Radio, FRIDE's specialist on the US reviews the main elements of America's foreign policy, pointing out that Obama's main success could be in opening up possible ways of solving the Arab-Israeli conflict.
On Radio France International, the FRIDE expert comments on the resignation of two ministers from Ahmadineyad’s cabinet, thus pointing to divisions among the Iranian establishment.
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In light of the current tour of the Israeli Minister for Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, around Latin America, FRIDE analyst Paulo Botta comments on the possibility that cells of the Shiite movement Hezbollah might be acting in the region with the support of Iran.
FRIDE expert Ivan Briscoe analyses on Cadena SER the first six months of Obama’s administration, pointing out that not only has there been a change in the United States’ image, but also in its content and role in new international scenarios.
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On Spain’s National Radio, FRIDE analyst Robert Matthews comments on the new suspension of the Helms-Burton law and reviews the first six months of the Obama administration, considering its successes (regarding the Middle East and the Arab world) and its failures (Afghanistan).
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On Bulgaria’s National Radio, FRIDE expert Jos Boonstra analyses the energy implications that the signing of the agreement to build a gas pipeline crossing Turkish territory will have for the EU.
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The FRIDE expert analyses for Spanish National Radio the coup d'état in Honduras and expresses his opinion that the stance of the US will be a determining factor in the development of events.
Talking on Radio Martí, FRIDE expert Paulo Botta considers how Ahmadinejad really could have won the elections on 12 June. He comments on the fact that even though electoral fraud has been proven, the current Iranian president has maintained his base of voters since the second round of the 2005 elections. He suggests that the problem perhaps lies in the over-optimistic expectations that accompanied Mousavi’s candidature. In the second recording, Radio Martí opens a debate taking into consideration Paulo Botta’s words.
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On the Canaries’ regional radio FRIDE analyst Ivan Briscoe reflects on the situation of the 240 prisoners of various nationalities still in Guantanamo. He also analyses what America’s domestic situation will be if Obama does not keep to his electoral promise, and comments on the situation of four prisoners who might be brought to Spain.
On Colombia’s national radio the FRIDE analyst comments on the role that Ali Khamenei is playing in the Iranian crisis. The leader’s legitimacy as the central axis of the country’s political system is called into question.
FRIDE expert Richard Youngs provides an in-depth analysis on Radio Nou (Valencia) of the current situation in Iran following the elections and the protests of a large part of the population. He describes what is happening in the country as a true tragedy, as the political system seems to be becoming increasingly closed, thus endangering the human rights situation. In the interview, he comments on the most important differences between the ultra-conservatives and the reformists that have supported Mousavi, and the implications for the West of a potential clamp down of the regime.
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The recent decision of the OAS to reincorporate Cuba seems to open up a new chapter in Latin American history, but what is the organisation's intention? What is the stance of the island's regime?
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On Colombia University's Radio, the FRIDE expert comments on relations between the EU and Russia, following the summit in Jabarovsk where the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, the Czech president, Vaclav Klaus, and the EU high representative for the CFSP, Javier Solana, brought their positions closer and discussed the need to reinforce the quality of "strategic allies".
Audio of a discussion for Open Democracy. The FRIDE expert, alongside Juanita de León, comments on the latest events in Latin America that have caused concern in the region, from the drug-trafficking situation and insecurity in Mexico to the unusual situation of the Guatemalan President Colom, following the appearance of a video linking him to a corruption plot (informal discussion, unedited).
Informative programme on Cuatro TV in which FRIDE associate researcher, Henry Siegman, analyses how the Bush administration must undertake a new peace process in the Middle East, taking as a starting point Barack Obama’s speech to the Muslim world from Cairo on 4 June.
Robert Matthews, associate researcher at FRIDE, participated in "Informe Semanal" on TVE 1, analysing the hundred days of the government of President Barack Obama.
Pakistani authorities temporarily lifted the curfew Sunday to allow more than 100,000 civilians to flee the combat zone in the valley of Swat, where he launched a major military offensive against the Taliban two weeks ago. The army said had killed nearly 200 insurgents.
FRIDE expert explains the most significant differences between the approach of the Obama administration and his predecessor with regard to the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
FRIDE analyst Robert Matthews appeared on Telediario (TVE1) analysing the Taliban’s fierce battle to turn Pakistan into an Islamic country and link it to Al Qaeda and jihadist movements.
On TVE’s 24 hour news channel, FRIDE expert Robert Matthews comments on the unforeseen consequences generated by the American attacks in the Swat valley and the humanitarian disaster that the clashes between Pakistani insurgents and governmental forces have caused.
The Director of the Democratisation programme at FRIDE comments on the reasons why Europeans do not grant much importance to European Parliament elections.
FRIDE expert says the world within 24 hours of TVE, the troubled state of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the context of a short feature on that area.
In an interview on Spanish National Radio, the FRIDE expert comments on the first three months of the Obama Administration and the challenges Obama faces, from the conflictive situation in Central Asia to the possible repercussions that a swine flu pandemic would have for his government.
Robert Matthews, in an interview on Spanish National Radio, reviews Obama's leadership and suggests which issues will be crucial in the coming months, such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the international financial crisis and bilateral relations with Iran, North Korea and Cuba.
On the Canaries' Regional Radio, the FRIDE expert comments on the new perspectives for political dialogue between the US and Cuba, following President Obama's recent announcement. The key role that the subject of the island will play at the Fifth Summit of the Americas is also explained.
On Cuatro TV, FRIDE expert Ivan Briscoe comments on the perspectives of the Ibero-American summit and the possibilities of reincorporating Cuba into the hemispheric context, generating new alliances and a new means of correlating forces in a consistently unstable region.
FRIDE expert offers an analysis to National Radio Sweden about the different routes of the drug on its path towards Europe, highlighting the increased consumption in countries such as Spain, United Kingdom, Italy and Denmark.
The FRIDE expert, Ivan Briscoe, analyses for Radio France International the joint announcement of the United States and Russia on new negotiations to reduce nuclear weapons, thus replacing the START treaty, which expires at the end of this year.
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The new US strategy for Afghanistan, recently announced by Barack Obama, analysed for Radio France International by FRIDE expert Robert Matthews.
In an interview with Radio Nou (Valencia), FRIDE expert Ivan Briscoe offers an analysis of the current drug-trafficking situation in the world and comments on the latest UN meeting to embark upon a new anti-drug programme over the next ten years.
Tension is increasing in Pakistan following the house arrest of the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was to lead the "long march" demanding the reincorporation of the former president of the Supreme Court, who was removed from office by former president Pervez Musharraf. The weakened government might make concessions.
Following the seminar "Energy, democracy and development", Richard Youngs, FRIDE expert, comments on EU policies in Subsaharan Africa and the different ways in which they are seen by civil societies in different countries. RNE
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FRIDE expert Robert Matthews, along with Shirin Ebadi, lawyer and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, and former Iranian President Abolhassan Banisadr, analyse in Radio France Internationale the thirty years of the Ayatollah Revolution.
Robert Matthews, FRIDE Researcher, analyses the new Obama Administration for Informativos Canal Sur, Seville
Robert Matthews, FRIDE expert, speaks on Radio Autonómica de Canarias about the new perspectives that are opening up as Barack Obama takes on the role of US President. In the interview, Matthews briefly reviews the tasks that Obama will need to face at the national and international level.
FRIDE expert Robert Matthews analyses for Radio France International the difficulties in foreign policy facing the new Obama Administration.
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
FRIDE ceased its think tank activities on 31st December 2015 for economic reasons. The Board of Trustees had to take this difficult decision since, despite many efforts to diversify its funding sources, FRIDE cannot sustain its think tank operations with a view to 2016 and beyond.
Established in 1999, FRIDE has made a major contribution to shape debate on Europe’s external activities in an increasingly challenging international environment. It has covered issues ranging from democracy and human rights to sustainable development, new approaches to multilateral cooperation and security affairs. FRIDE’s long-standing focus on the extended neighbourhood of the European Union proves today all the more relevant given widespread turbulence in the region. FRIDE’s emphasis on the importance of the values framing Europe’s external activities is central to current political debates in Europe and beyond. This shows the need for continued engagement in the pursuit of a common European foreign policy that is both effective and informed by the core values of European integration.
The Board wishes to thank Diego Hidalgo, FRIDE’s founder, for his tireless commitment and very generous support for many years. The Board also wishes to thank FRIDE’s dedicated staff, the members of the Board and the Advisory Committee for their contribution in making FRIDE one of the top foreign policy think tanks in Europe. We are very grateful to all those who have supported FRIDE’s work and projects over the years and we thank the many partners from all parts of the world who have worked with FRIDE on joint initiatives. We hope that FRIDE’s extensive input to the debate on Europe in the world will continue to inform thinking and action at a very critical time for Europe’s future.
The President of the Board
FRIDE cesó sus actividades como think tank el 31 de diciembre de 2015 por razones económicas. El Patronato tuvo que adoptar esta difícil decisión dado que, a pesar de los intensos esfuerzos realizados para diversificar sus fuentes de financiación, FRIDE no puede sostener sus operaciones como think tank a partir de 2016.
Establecido en 1999, FRIDE ha realizado una gran contribución al debate sobre las actividades exteriores de Europa en un ambiente internacional cada vez más complejo. Ha trabajado en temas que van desde la democracia y los derechos humanos al desarrollo sostenible, los nuevos enfoques en la cooperación multilateral y las cuestiones de seguridad. La atención prestada por FRIDE a la vecindad extendida de la Unión Europea durante mucho tiempo prueba ser hoy aún más relevante debido a la turbulencia que azota a la región. El énfasis de FRIDE en la importancia de los valores que enmarcan las actividades exteriores europeas es central en los debates en Europa y más allá. Esto muestra la necesidad de un compromiso continuo con la búsqueda de una política exterior europea común que sea eficaz y esté basada en los principios fundamentales de la integración europea.
El Patronato desea agradecer a Diego Hidalgo, fundador de FRIDE, por su incansable compromiso y muy generoso apoyo a lo largo de tantos años. También quiere expresar su gratitud a la dedicada plantilla, a los propios miembros del Patronato y del Comité Asesor por sus contribuciones para hacer de FRIDE uno de los principales think tanks de Europa en cuestiones de política exterior. Estamos muy agradecidos con todos aquellos que han apoyado el trabajo y los proyectos de FRIDE a través de los años y también damos las gracias a los numerosos socios de todas partes del mundo que han colaborado con FRIDE en iniciativas conjuntas. Esperamos que las extensas aportaciones de FRIDE al debate sobre Europa en el mundo continuará informando el pensamiento y la acción en un momento muy crítico para el futuro de Europa.
El Presidente del Patronato