After three weeks of bloody street protests and at least 17 deaths and 137 wounded, Venezuela is currently enduring the most violent phase of a long-running political conflict. Most international actors – the European Union, the United States and regional organisations such as the Organisation for American States (OAS) – have stressed the need for a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the government and the opposition.
This publication provides an in-depth review of the European Union’s (EU) relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (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.
As of 1 March 2014, the EU will no longer have a EUSR to Central Asia. Ambassador Patricia Flor who has fulfilled the role since June 2012 has been recalled to Berlin and she will not be replaced. Instead, the EEAS is likely to appoint a special envoy to the region. As an EEAS staff member, an envoy will have less political clout with Central Asian leaders and in broader political processes than an EUSR who is appointed by the Council of the EU on behalf of member states.
West Africa is changing and its future direction can influence that of the African continent. As home to Africa’s greatest energy reserves, fastest-growing economies and largest population, and as one of Africa’s best examples of regional integration, West Africa has the potential to drive continental progress. However, it first has to overcome profound challenges in terms of weak governance, insecurity, poverty and inequality, population pressures and climate change.
India's newest political party, the Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP), has brought a fresh twist to Indian politics in the run up to the mid-April Lok Sabha (national legislative) elections. Having already shaken the national political debate, the AAP is a potential political game-changer. While a BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) victory is almost certain, the AAP is the party to watch in India’s national elections this April.
For the past ten years, the world has celebrated Brazil’s economic and social progress. The country now seems to have entered into a second phase of development: economic growth has decelerated and the new middle class has begun to demand their rights. Brazil’s future trajectory as an emerging power will depend on domestic reforms and renewed international engagement.