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Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2015. How others deal with disorder. Giovanni Grevi and  Daniel Keohane Eds. (FRIDE, January 2015)

The book analyses the strategies of nine different countries for coping with instability – ranging from major powers with the ability or aspiration for global influence (i.e. China, the United States) to others with a regional focus (i.e. Iran, Turkey) – and the implications of those strategies for Europe.implicaciones para Europa.



New donors, new partners? EU strategic partnerships and development. Clare Castillejo (FRIDE, December 2014)

Emerging powers play an increasingly central role in international development. In this book, leading experts examine the approach to development adopted by Brazil, China, India, Korea and South Africa; the status of current EU engagement with these strategic partners on development; and opportunities to strengthen this engagement.



  Our Collective Interest. Why Europe’s problems need global solutions and global problems need European action. Clare Castillejo, Giovanni Grevi and Daniel Keohane (ETTG, September 2014)

In this report FRIDE and its partners in the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG, which includes DIE, ECDPM, FRIDE and ODI) examines the five most pressing global challenges facing the incoming European Union (EU) leadership: a fairer world economy, climate change, peace and security, democracy and human rights, and poverty and inequality.



Mapping EU-ASEAN relations. Gauri Khandekar (FRIDE, March 2014)

This publication provides an in-depth review of the EU relationship with ASEAN and each of the 10 ASEAN member countries. While relations have progressed much in recent years, the two parties should build on the achievements so far and deepen their partnership to exploit its full potential.



Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2014: The EU’s extended neighbourhood. Giovanni Grevi and Daniel Keohane Eds. (FRIDE, January 2014)

The new FRIDE annual publication calls for a paradigm shift in the EU’s approach to the neighbourhood, building on a broader definition of its geographic scope and focusing on the political and security trends connecting different regions.



Empowering Europe’s Future: Governance, Power and Options for the EU in a Changing World. Giovanni Grevi, Daniel Keohane, Bernice Lee and Patricia Lewis

The European Commission, at the request of an EU inter-institutional task force, commissioned Chatham House and FRIDE to produce a report analysing trends in power and governance to 2030, carried out under strand 3 – Governance and Power – of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS).



A New Context for EU-Korean Relations. Richard Youngs Ed. (FRIDE, November 2013)

According to many observers, the European Union needs to upgrade its policies in Asia. At the same time, the crisis has deepened Asian countries’ stakes in the European economy. Much of the focus has been on China, and to a lesser extent India. As the EU deepens its involvement in the region, it is interesting to track trends in the Union’s relations with the Republic of Korea, which today stands as a remarkably successful model of economic and political development.



The Gulf States and the Arab Uprisings. Ana Echagüe Ed. (FRIDE, June 2013)

The Arab uprisings have focused much attention on the changes taking place in North Africa and the Levant, and less so on developments taking place in the Arab Gulf. But change appears to be inevitable in this region too. This new book addresses the implications of the Arab revolts for the Gulf States in both geopolitical and domestic terms, as well as their impact on relations between Europe and the region.



Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2013. Renewing the EU’s role in the world. Giovanni Grevi and Daniel Keohane Eds. (FRIDE, January 2013)

In 2013, the EU and its member states should take a hard look at where they can make a difference together. The 2013 FRIDE annual publication offers recommendations on key areas of external action, the EU neighbourhood and pivotal regions and powers.



A necessary re-reading of the 'Arab Spring'. Barah Mikail (Editions du Cygne, September 2012)

In the Arab world, the continued fragility of the political situation limits analysts’ ability to fully grasp the meaning of events. This book aims to highlight the fact that, however welcome, the Arab uprisings have also enabled the emergence of actors and spoilers, whose motivations lie in a self-interested quest for influence.



Europe in the Reshaped Middle East. Kristina Kausch, Richard Youngs Eds. (FRIDE, August 2012)

In this collection of essays, FRIDE’s Middle East team aims to link together different parts of the policy puzzle since the momentous events of early 2011. This is a snapshot of a story that still has a long way to run.



Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2012. What kind of geo-economic Europe? Ana Martiningui and Richard Youngs Eds. (FRIDE, December 2011)

The euro crisis and shifts in global power require a more assertive focus on immediate economic interests. Geo-economics is likely to be of increasing relevance to European foreign policy debates in 2012.



Mapping EU Strategic Partnerships. Giovanni Grevi, Gauri Khandekar (FRIDE, November 2011)

This mapping exercise offers the first comparative overview of the EU strategic partnerships with ten countries of systemic importance at the global and regional level, including the US and the BRICS.



Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2011. After the crisis. Ana Martiningui and Richard Youngs Eds. (FRIDE, January 2011)

What are the prospects for 2011? Can we expect a calmer period of recuperation and rebuilding in Europe’s external relations? Or are there even more serious and disquieting challenges over the horizon? FRIDE looks forward and presents the ten most important challenges for the EU in 2011.



Europe's Decline and Fall: The struggle against global irrelevance. Richard Youngs (Profile Books, November 2010)

This is a catchy and accessible volume, with an overarching narrative: in a rush to deal with decline, European governments err in defensively abandoning many of the EU's supposedly core values. So, what do we do about it?



The European Union and Democracy Promotion: A Critical Global Assessment. Richard Youngs (ed., Johns Hopkins Universty Press, November 2010)

The European Union has made firm commitments to democratic reforms and human rights initiatives around the world. This book examines the efficacy of these efforts, particularly in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Ukraine, Central Asia, Morocco, Iraq and the Persian Gulf, and Nigeria.



The EU's Role in World Politics. Richard Youngs (Routledge, August 2010)

In this book Richard Youngs argues that European foreign policies are in retreat from liberal internationalism across a whole range of areas: trade, multilateral diplomacy, security, development cooperation, democracy and human rights, and energy security.



Into EurAsia: Monitoring the EU's Central Asia Strategy. Jos Boonstra, Michael Emerson (eds, FRIDE/CEPS, February 2010)

This book offers the first assessment of this ambitious plan, undertaken by independent analysts from the EU and Central Asia within the context of the EUCAM project.



New Challenges to Democratization. Peter Burnell, Richard Youngs (eds, Routledge, November 2009)

This book explores the widespread controversy surrounding the new challenges and obstacles to democratization have arisen; assessing the claim that support for democratization around the world is facing a serious challenge.



Democracy's plight in the European Neighbourhood. Michael Emerson, Richard Youngs (eds, FRIDE/CEPS, October 2009)

In recent years many analysts have focused their attention on an apparent ‘backlash’ against democracy and democracy promotion. In this volume we turn to a more specific European neighbourhood focus, and explore the general issues relating to democracy’s travails in more detail in the countries to the south and east of the European Union.



Security Council resolutions under Chapter VII. Blanca Antonini Ed. (FRIDE, October 2009)

This study, undertaken by FRIDE with the financial support of the Government of Sweden, examines the design and implementation of the Security Council mandates of the UN missions and multinational operations deployed in the four cases under review and which, with the exception of UNAMA in Afghanistan, were approved within the framework of Chapter VII of the UN Charter.



Islamist radicalisation: the challenge for euro-mediterranean relations. Michael Emerson, Kristina Kausch, Richard Youngs Eds. (FRIDE/CEPS, May 2009)

In this volume, European and regional experts analyse trends driving the radicalisation of political Islam as well as the contrary trend of de-radicalisation observed in some countries where Islamist parties have secured democratic political participation.



Energy security: Europe's new foreign policy challenge. Richard Youngs Ed. (Routledge, February 2009)

The geopolitics of oil and gas have made a spectacular return to the international political agenda. The EU has committed itself to pursuing an energy security policy based on market interdependence, European unity and long-term governance improvements in producer states. This book considers how far these commitments have been implemented.



Is the European Union supporting democracy in its neighbourhood?. Richard Youngs Ed. (FRIDE, December 2008)

This book aims to enhance understanding of the EU’s role in promoting human rights and democratic norms in the European Neighbourhood. It does so through a detailed study of the full range of different EU instruments available to support human rights improvements and democratic reform in Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, Ukraine, Belarus and Azerbaijan.



Continuar la historia - Salir de la "irrealpolitik. Hubert Védrine (Icaria Editorial, November 2008)

In Continuar la historia, the author considers that history continues with its challenges. In the face of the emergence of a multipolar world, Westerners will defend their interests and values badly if they base their actions on irrealpolitik, which has been their source of inspiration for twenty years.



The years of the dragon's teeth. Pierre Schori (Icaria Editorial, October 2008)

With a degree of force that is sorely lacking in the diplomatic sphere, Pierre Schori analyses in depth the hostile attitude of the US towards the UN during the Iraq crisis from the priviledged position that he had as Swedish ambassador to the organisation throughout that turbulent period.



War and Peace - a contemporary focus on security and strategy. Charles-Philippe David (Editorial Icaria, January 2008)

The book War and Peace, published by Icaria Editorial, offers an important tool for understanding the current international system, as well as decision-making processes in the fields of foreign policy, security, humanitarian action and development.



Political Islam and European Foreign Policy. Richard Youngs Eds. (FRIDE/CEPS/Tres Culturas, November 2007)

The time is ripe for the European Union, its institutions and member states to undertake an explicit review of its current policy of "benign neglect" towards the broad collection of "Muslim democrat" parties in the Mediterranean Arab states. The group of experts assembled to produce this new book adduces mounting evidence that this policy may lead to unintended consequences, such as the reinforcement of anti-democratic regimes and radical Islamism.



Europe and the Middle East: in the shadow of September 11. Richard Youngs (Lynne Rienner,September 2006)

In the wake of September 11, the EU proclaimed a new commitment to encouraging processes of political liberalization in the Middle East, and a plethora of initiatives were introduced to that end.



Strategies for Democratic Change: assessing the Global Response. Ted Piccone, Richard Youngs Eds. (FRIDE/Democracy Coalition Project, July 2006)

FRIDE and the Democracy Coalition Project have published a book that examines how the international community has responded to recent threats to democracy in seven countries.



Survey of European Democracy Promotion Policies 2000-2006. Richard Youngs Ed. (FRIDE, May 2006)

Against a background of heightened debate over international democratisation, this book provides the most comprehensive survey to date of European democracy promotion policies.



The Euro-Mediterranean partnership: assessing the first decade. Richard Youngs, Haizam Amirah Eds. (FRIDE/Real Instituto Elcano, October 2005)

Published on the eve of the high level meeting called to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP, or Barcelona Process), this book seeks to assess the achievements and shortcomings of the EMP during the last decade.



International Democracy and the West. The Role of Governments, Civil Society & Multinational Business. Richard Youngs (Oxford University Press, January 2005)

This book adds to debates over the international dimensions of democratic change by studying the policies and actions of three sets of Western actors: namely, governments, multinational companies, and international NGOs.

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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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