Africa, Asia and the Americas

The security sector in Burundi: gradually opening to women

At the end of the civil war in 2004 in Burundi, when different ceasefire agreements were enforced, former male and female fighters were reintegrated into the country’s security forces. But six years down the line, measures truly to integrate women into this sector are taking time.

Brazil and Europe heading towards 2015

By Susanne Gratius (02/02/2011) Policy Brief
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Brazil and the EU have agreed to become strategic partners Until 2015, both parties should sign a free trade agreement, prioritise renewable energies in their bilateral relations and coordinate positions at the global level.

Sri Lanka: The failure of EU human rights sanctions

By Clare Castillejo (11/01/2011) Policy Brief
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The EU is a major donor and trading partner of Sri Lanka, but European pressure to promote human rights in the country has not worked. The EU must change its approach in South Asia in order to respond to changing regional power dynamics.

Reform without ownership? Dilemmas in supporting security and justice sector reform in Honduras

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Honduras’ socio-economic situation is dire and the global economic crisis has fuelled increasing levels of poverty and unemployment. The country’s security and justice sector remains largely inefficient and is unable to safeguard security and the rule of law for its citizens. There is a crucial need for increased local ownership if EU policy is to trigger sustainable institutional change and thus further human security in Honduras.

Women's citizenship in contexts of political and institutional reform in fragile states. The Colombian case

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This document explores the challenges women face in exercising their citizenship and evaluates the impact of the political and institutional reforms carried out in the country, with the objective of contributing to the advancement of gender equality in Colombia.

Colombian institutional development: challenges to building an inclusive and participatory state


This study is divided into four parts. First, it analyses the extent to which Colombia can be considered a fragile state. Second, it presents a historical study of recent political processes. Third, the document analyses the role of the main destabilising forces during the state-building process. And finally, the conclusions offer some ideas on the challenges to building an inclusive and participatory state in Colombia. 

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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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