The Middle East and North Africa

Religion and Politics in Arab Transitions

By Barah Mikaïl (21/02/2012) Policy Brief
Magharebia/Flickr

Recent electoral results in the Arab world show strong public support for political Islam. Integrating religious principles into a genuinely democratic order will be among the greatest challenges for these societies in the decades to come.


The multiple challenges of Libya's reconstruction

By Barah Mikaïl (25/01/2012) Policy Brief
Ben Sutherland/Flickr

Despite the complexity of Libya’s challenges, the NTC, supported by a determined international community, can face them successfully if no further time is wasted.


What does 2012 hold for the Arab-Israeli conflict?

By Helene Michou (22/12/2011) Policy Brief
Gregg Carlstrom/Flickr

With the Arab Spring continuing to unfold in the region, the Israeli-Palestinian issue remains subject to a different dynamic. Will 2012 herald a shift in thinking and if so, who can act as a game changer in this intractable conflict?


Militaries, civilians and democracy in the Arab world

ellozy/Flickr

Negotiating the military’s return to the barracks and establishing civilian rule will be a highly-sensitive key challenge for incoming Arab governments.


Transition challenges in the Arab world

 Ezequiel Scagnetti © European Union

Experiences from other parts of the world offer useful experiences for Arab states in transition. This collection of policy briefs examines the challenges of state reform; civilian contol over the military; and the role of new communications technologies.


The Role of New Media and Communication Technologies in Arab Transitions

Freedom at issue/Flickr

Information and Communication Technologies were important in bringing down the Mubarak and Ben Ali regimes. However, their role in sustaining the transition process in the longer run is less certain.


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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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