• A charismatic man to save Spain (Diego Hidalgo, The Voice of Russia) 28/11/2011

    After its victory in the 20 November general elections in Spain, the Popular Party will govern with absolute majority for the next four years. While the former Socialist government retreats to analyse their bad results, the PP calls for national unity to faced the crisis. Diego Hidalgo, founder and honorary president of FRIDE, analyses the main mistakes of the former Socialist government and the challenges of the new legislature, including its relations with other EU member states.


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  • Egypt after the revolution (Kristina Kausch, Radio Nacional de Buenos Aires) 28/11/2011

    Egypt is still not a fully-fledged democracy. After months of Mubarak’s fall, the population’s demands are yet to be met. There was a revolution that wasn’t yet, given that former institutions, values and practices continue. FRIDE expert Kristina Kausch analyses the current situation, the role of the army, of Islamic parties – which are gaining prominence in the region – and the country’s future democratic perspectives.




  • Interview with Vanessa Rousselot: documentary 'Jokes Aside' 28/10/2011

    After decades of unsuccessful negotiations between Palestine and Israel, the situation continues to deteriorate. As Palestine requests recognition of its statehood at the UN General Assembly, FRIDE interviews Vanessa Rousselot, director of the documentary “Jokes Aside”.  The documentary explores the conflict from a new perspective: how Palestinians can still laugh and make jokes in spite of their situation.





  • El futuro de Libia sin Gadafi 20/10/2011

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  • Civilians escape from the Libyan city of Surt before the final storm (Manuel Manrique, RNE) 03/10/2011

    “Gadafi ha perdido la guerra pero cuando caiga Sirte no se termina todo”, opina el investigador de FRIDE, Manuel Manrique, en una entrevista para RNE. Mientras en Tripoli el Consejo Nacional de Transición intenta poner en marcha un Gobierno, la gran preocupación ahora es donde irán a parar todas las armas que se han usado en la guerra, como los 10.000 misiles que han desaparecido.


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  • Poland and other Eastern neighbours 27/09/2011

    Under the rotating Presidency of the European Union that Poland holds this semester, Warsaw will host the Eastern Partnership Summit. What happens in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus affects the European Union. This is why the EU offers its Eastern partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) concrete, far-reaching support for democratic and market-oriented reforms so as to contribute to political and economic stability in the region. FRIDE expert Natalia Shapovalova analyses the progress made since the Partnership’s inception, as well as the initiatives proposed by the Polish presidency.  





  • Palestinian statehood 27/09/2011

    After requesting the recognition of the Palestinian state at the United Nations, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmud Abbas, has expressed frustration after decades of unsuccessful negotiations and suspended peace talks. Against this background, FRIDE expert Helene Michou analyses the perspectives for the establishment of a Palestinian state and the possible implications for the population as well as the peace negotiations.





  • Can the BRICs rescue Europe? (Cristina Manzano, RNE) 23/09/2011

    The BRICs already play and will continue to play a very important role in the international economic context. However, Brazil, Russia, India and China do not act in unison as a single actor. Also, even though their future leadership prospects could be seen as positive, concerns arise regarding structural problems such as the huge disparities that exist among these countries, from the Chinese political system to the high birth rate in India.


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  • Regime unchanged: Under-fire Yemeni president back in post (Barah Mikail, Russia Today) 23/09/2011

    Yemen has been plunged into chaos since February 2011, with protests demanding the end of Saleh’s rule. The government has responded with a crackdown, which has resulted in hundreds killed and thousands injured. Yemen could become the next target for international pressure in the Middle East.





  • Can the BRICS save Europe? (Susanne Gratius, RNE) 22/09/2011

    Brazil, Russia, India, China and now South Africa are becoming protagonists in the debates about finding possible ways out of the economic crisis in Europe. These countries have recently offered to buy foreign debt from the big EU economic powers. For FRIDE expert Susanne Gratius, the BRICS will not be able to help Europe. 


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  • Transitions in the MENA (Barah Mikail, France Inter) 21/09/2011

    Democratic change continues to evolve in the Middle East and North Africa, but the outcome is far from certain. What can the West and the EU do about it? Why intervene militarily in Libya, but not in Syria or Yemen? Are there any hidden agendas? In an interview with France Inter, FRIDE expert Barah Mikail tries to answer some of these key questions.


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  • A tanker high jacked in the Gulf of Guinea 15/09/2011

    In the past few years, several ships have been kidnapped in African waters. After a group of pirates high jacked a tanker in the Gulf of Guinea, Manuel Manrique, in an interview for La Sexta Noticias, talks about the intention of the attackers, who seemed more interested in stealing the cargo, be it oil or even the belongings of the crew, rather than in ransom like the Somali pirates.


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  • Six months of protests and repression in Syria 15/09/2011

    In Syria, demonstrations against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Damascus started on 15 March 2011. Six months on, the United Nations believes the repression has left over 2,600 people dead. Barah Mikail, FRIDE senior researcher, wonders why there hasn’t been any more international sanctions against al-Assad.


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  • Dictators are having trouble hiding stolen money (Oladiran Bello, TVE) 08/09/2011

    International sanctions are one of the best tools used against dictators who steal money from their countries, such as Libya’s Qadhafi. However, FRIDE expert Oladiran Bello warns in an interview with the main Spanish television channel that embargos and sanctions can be dangerous as they also affect the population at large.


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  • The fight for Libya's oil (Manuel Manrique, Sexta Noticias) 06/09/2011

    As Libya emerges out of civil war, parties covet the country’s vast oil resources that are up for grabs. In an interview for Sexta Noticias, FRIDE expert Manuel Manrique comments how the oil will be divided. Among the main beneficiaries could be those who helped the rebel forces, like France and the UK.


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  • Libya: on the road towards democracy (Kristina Kausch, Radio Exterior de España) 05/09/2011

    As the rebels prepare to strike the final blow on Qaddhafi’s regime, the representatives of the National Transition Council attempt to establish the general guidelines that will form the basis of a new democratic state. FRIDE researcher Kristina Kausch opines that this is not the end of the crisis.


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  • Socialist majority in the French parliament 01/09/2011

    Seven months before the presidential elections in France the socialist party obtained a small victory. The overturn in the composition of the Senate, where the left obtained majority for the first in their history, greatly benefits the socialists and is a real blow for Sarkozy’s UMP party.


  • El petróleo libio: una tarta a repartir 26/08/2011

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  • Challenges and opportunities to consolidate democracy in Libya 25/08/2011

    Libya is on the road towards democratic transition. FRIDE expert Manuel Manrique analyses the challenges and opportunities to consolidate democracy in the country.


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  • The big challenge for Libyans rebels is to keep the unity, and include all the tribes (Manuel Manrique, Radio 5) 24/08/2011

    In Libya, rebels have taken the presidential palace while Gaddafi affirms that he still is in Tripoli. Our researcher, Manuel Manrique in an interview with Radio 5 declares that “the fall of Tripoli is the beginning of the end. It is unavoidable that rebels take control of the city; Gaddafi supporters cannot control the country anymore. The big challenge for the rebels now is to guarantee the unity in the post-Gaddafi era by bringing together all the tribes, including Gaddafi’s”. On Saif al-Islam, the son of the dictator, Manrique states that “it was a hard blow to the rebels to admit that he was not arrested like it was said at first”.


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  • Interview with Pedro Solbes (Estrategias de Inversión TV) 29/07/2011

    “Spain’s public debt inspires confidence for foreign investors”, according to Pedro Solbes, former Spanish minister of Economy and president of FRIDE’s Executive Committee.  In an interview for Estrategias de Inversión TV, Solbes speaks about the Spain-China Forum and analyses the possibilities of economic cooperation between both countries.


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  • The situation in Syria (Barah Mikail, Radio Francia Internacional) 20/06/2011

    Barah Mikail, Senior Researcher at FRIDE, analyses the situation in Syria in an interview with Radio France International. Mikhail discusses the EU levying more sanctions on the Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the UN Security Councils’ resolutions, and mixed feelings within Syria towards Assad´s regime. “In the Syrian context there are legitimate demands that are being opposed by a legitimate number of Syrian citizens, but there are also a lot of citizens that stick to the regime and the policies of Bashar al-Assad. This is linked to the fact that according to them, until recently they could feel a kind of stability and security in the country and they don’t know what alternatives could guarantee this same stability in the future”, he states.





  • The communications battle: The Hispanic vote in the U.S. 09/06/2011

    The Hispanic community represents approximately 16% of the population in the United States – over 48 million people (census 2009). It is the largest minority in the country and, therefore, a very important group in the electoral process. César Martínez, president of MAS Consulting Group and head of the Hispanic vote in the electoral campaigns of John McCain (2008), George W. Bush (2000), Jeb Bush (2002) and Rick Perry (2002), explains how to win (and how to lose) the Hispanic vote in the US. "The one who listens wins”. The winner is the one “who knows what matters not to the party but to voters, because ultimately they are the ones who decide”.


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  • The International community should support the rebels in Libya (Oladiran Bello, RNE) 09/06/2011

    On the occasion of the meeting in Abu Dhabi of the Contact Group on Libya, which prepares the participation data of international aid to the Libyan people, FRIDE expert Oladiran Bello analyzes the prevailing political situation in the country. According to Oladiran, "we are at a point where the international community should support the rebels because they are making strides against Colonel Gaddafi". "Without the adequate training and resources it will all be a lost cause” he adds. When asked about Gaddafi´s exit from the country, Bello says, "there is a long-term possibility of him fleeing the country because the regime will be unable to endure”. If there is a political solution, he adds, "Libyans will have to manage a process of transition in the country".


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  • Obama visits Europe 23/05/2011

    Cristina Manzano, Deputy Director General of FRIDE, analyses Obama’s European tour and, in the context of the G8 Summit, examines global governance leadership. With President Obama’s new attitude towards the Arab World, the “US has shown initiative once again, but not as arrogantly as we saw during the Bush era”. But, will Obama’s leadership towards the Arab World be able to join forces with an EU lacking initiative?


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  • Zimbabwe ruined 05/04/2011

    Zimbabwe has become a nearly paralysed state due to a rampant economic and social crisis under the presidency of Robert Mugabe. After 31 years, Mugabe’s regime has led to the country’s economic collapse amidst serious human rights abuses.

    Zimbabwe was one of the most thriving economies of Southern Africa 30 years ago. Now, the country faces an unemployment rate of 80 percent, high levels of corruption and daily human rights abuses.


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  • Saudi Arabia tries to hold uprisings (Ana Echagüe, Radio Exterior de España) 04/04/2011

    On 3 April, the Gulf Cooperation Council held a meeting to discuss the situation in these countries and how to avoid the spread of the revolts throughout the region. In an interview for Radio Exterior de España, FRIDE expert Ana Echagüe analyses the situation in the Gulf in the context of the ongoing turmoil in the Arab world.


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  • Should the international community help the rebels in Libya? 30/03/2011

    On 29 March, after the London Conference on Libya, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation assumed full command of military operations against Libya. During the meeting, representatives of more than 40 governments and key international organisations agreed to establish the Libya Contact Group.

    FRIDE expert Barah Mikail analyses the situation in Libya and the international efforts to provide a forum to coordinate the international response in the country.


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  • The complexity of Lybian panorama (Richard Youngs, RNE) 29/03/2011

    The EU’s strategy in Libya and in the Arab world in general should have long-term objectives. However, it is a mistake to assume that the European Union can and should determine the future of the Middle East and North of Africa. What the EU should do is encourage and provide support and resources to promote change from within. In the opinion of Richard Youngs, some countries will experience democratic transition; in others there will be some level of meaningful reform; and in others there could be strong repression.


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  • Obama's visit to Latin America (Susanne Gratius, Radio Francia Internacional) 16/03/2011

    In an interview for Radio France International, FRIDE senior researcher Susanne Gratius analyses US-Latin America relations ahead of President Obama’s visit to the region. This trip to Brazil, Chile and El Salvador could be more symbolic than pragmatic. But it is also an opportunity for EEUU-Brazil ties.


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  • The situation in the Arab World I (Cristina Manzano, TVE) 09/03/2011

    Mohamed Buazizi’s immolation in Tunisia two months ago changed the Arab world. His death sparked protests which have now spread to other North African countries. FRIDE deputy director general Cristina Manzano explains in an interview to Spanish television TVE that this “is the transition of transitions” and people “want to have opportunities for the future.” “Citizens want to be part of and shape their future; they want to be heard”.


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  • The situation in the Arab World II (Cristina Manzano, TVE) 09/03/2011

    The future of the Arab world is unpredictable. What can or should the West do? As Cristina Manzano, Deputy Director General of FRIDE, explains in an interview for Spanish television TVE, Europe should support coordination and crisis management measures.


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  • Nothing will ever be the same in the Arab World (Cristina Manzano, Antena 3TV) 09/03/2011

    What are the underlying causes of the turmoil in the Arab World? “They do not speak about God, but of freedom and of having a voice and putting an end to corruption. They just want to be happy; they want a government of the people.”
    In a debate in the Spanish news network Antena 3TV, FRIDE’s deputy director general, Cristina Manzano, analysed the situation in the North of Africa from a sociological perspective. Ahmed Hijazi, editor of the magazine Mundo Árabe participated in the discussion.


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  • Mubarak's final days (Kristina Kausch, COPE) 01/02/2011

    In an interview for Spanish radio COPE, Kristina Kausch, FRIDE expert on MENA issues, analyses the series of events in Egypt, which could bring about change after so many years with Mubarak.

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  • South Sudan's main challenges (Cristina Barrios, RFI) 31/01/2011


    In an interview for Radio France International, FRIDE expert Cristina Barrios analyses the main challenges for the new state of South Sudan.


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  • A political hurricane in Egypt (Ana Echagüe, RNE) 31/01/2011

     The EU has urged Hosni Mubarak to facilitate a smooth transition. EU diplomacy chief Catherine Asthon has asked for a peaceful and open dialogue between government and opposition. The US also calls for dialogue. FRIDE expert Ana Echagüe analyses the US’s standpoint.


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  • Challenges for the European Union in 2011 (Cristina Manzano, REE) 27/01/2011

     Is Europe losing influence? Cristina Manzano, FRIDE’s deputy director general, analyses Europe’s political, economic and cultural weight in the world, in view of the launch of the first issue of FRIDE’s annual publication ‘Challenges to European foreign policy in 2011. After the crisis’.

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  • Spain-China relations (Pedro Solbes, CCTV China) 25/01/2011

    In an interview for CCTV China, English service, Pedro Solbes, President of FRIDE’s Executive Committee and of the Spain-China Forum, analyses EU-Chinese relations, highlighting the importance of the visit to Spain of Deputy Prime-Minister Li Keqiang.

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  • France leaves Africa (Cristina Barrios, Radio Canarias) 17/01/2011

     In an interview for Radio autonómica de Canarias, FRIDE expert Cristina Barrios analyses EU-Africa relations after the recent demonstrations throughout the African continent. Africa appears more inclined to forge new alliances with emerging powers than to strengthen the relationship with its former colonial powers.


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  • Ending corruption (Oladiran Bello, RFI) 17/01/2011

    In the run-up to Nigeria’s presidential elections, both President Goodluck Jonathan and opposition candidate Ibrahim Shekarau have promised to put an end to the country’s endemic corruption. According to FRIDE expert Oladiran Bello, these will remain merely good intentions.




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  • Brazil's next challenge (Susanne Gratius, TVE) 08/01/2011

    Susanne Gratius, FRIDE expert on Latin American issues, analyses together with Emir Sader, secretary general of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences, Brazil’s next steps under president Dilma Rousseff.

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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

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