Africa, Asia and the Americas

No-win in Venezuela?

By Susanne Gratius (05/03/2014) Commentary
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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.

Mapping EU-ASEAN relations

By Gauri Khandekar (05/03/2014) Book

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.

West Africa: Continental engine or brake?

By Clare Castillejo (27/02/2014) Policy Brief
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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.

The Aam Aadmi Party – Game-changer for Indian politics?

By Gauri Khandekar (24/02/2014) Commentary
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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.

Is the ‘Brazil Brand’ in crisis?

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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.

A New Context for EU-Korean Relations

By Richard Youngs (13/11/2013) Book

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. 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. This new book contains contributions from European and Korean experts on how both sides can take full advantage of the EU-Korea relationship.

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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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