Africa, Asia and the Americas

Venezuela’s international projection post-Chavez

Joka Madruga/Flickr

Venezuela’s presidential elections and Maduro’s tight victory have led to domestic and international uncertainties. Internal tensions also contribute to increasing doubts over the external ambitions of the post-Chavez government, which is divided between a more radical discourse or a closer approach towards the United States and the European Union.


The European Union in Asia’s alphabet soup

By Gauri Khandekar (13/05/2013) Policy Brief
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With a growing power shift towards Asia, it is key to understand the regional architecture and evaluate how the EU engages within various Asian fora.


Engaging China on development

By Clare Castillejo (20/03/2013) Policy Brief
Dennis Jarvis/Flickr

China's emergence as a donor is transforming the development landscape and undermining the dominance of traditional donors. The EU must improve its understanding of Chinese donorship and seek opportunities for dialogue and coordination with Beijing.


Prospects for China's transition

By Wang Yong (14/03/2013) Policy Brief
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China’s transition will have a significant impact worldwide. Europe and the international community have a big stake in encouraging positive changes in China and creating good international conditions for a successful transition.


Europe and Latin America: in need of a new paradigm

By Susanne Gratius (27/02/2013) Working Paper
AlehoPzart/Flickr

European-Latin American relations are no longer what they once were. As Europe begins to lose relevance for the region, the rise of some Latin American countries is leading to a reconfigured balance of power that requires a new paradigm of relations.


European Union-Asia trade: in need of a strategy

By Gauri Khandekar (24/01/2013) Policy Brief

Rapid developments in Asia are transforming the commercial environment in the region. Concurrently, progress on the EU’s commercial relationship with Asia has been sobering, displaying little evidence of strategic direction. Of utmost need is an EU-Asia trade strategy that can provide effective guidance over the medium to long terms.


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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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