About: Afghanistan

Development Policy 20-06-2017

Time to consider refugee protection in partnerships with third countries

On World Refugee Day and just before the European Council, we call on the EU and its member states to assess the impact of the Partnership Framework approach on the right to seek and enjoy asylum, writes Denis Haveaux.

Chasing Donald Tusk

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) would like to destroy Donald Tusk, the personal enemy of its leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, according to Roman Imielski.
Global Europe 31-01-2017

#WelcomeToEurope?

People across Europe have fervently opposed US President Donald Trump’s ban on various groups of refugees and citizens. But EU leaders, and citizens, must not forget that policies imposed by EU members states are causing thousands of people to suffer every day, warns Philippa Nuttall Jones.

Development Policy 11-12-2016

No more EU deals to keep migrants out

The EU's new partnership with Third World countries, modelled on the controversial Turkey deal, and trust funds to limit migration and return refugees to their home countries, have little safeguards for human rights, argue Jessica Poh-Janrell and Andrea Stocchiero of CONCORD.
Development Policy 03-10-2016

The EU is failing Afghanistan’s unaccompanied migrant children

Afghan children deserve better - the EU needs to focus on education and protection in Afghanistan, rather than implementing harsh returns policies, writes Karen Mets.
Polio
Development Policy 30-08-2016

Polio: the disease Nigeria can’t seem to shake

Ridding the world of polio is going to take a little longer than originally expected, writes Stratfor, the Texas-based global intelligence company.
Security 22-07-2016

ISIS in Würzburg

Following an axe attack on a Bavarian commuter train on Monday (18 July) by an Afghan asylum seeker claiming allegiance to ISIS, Germany’s news media were awash with reports that the terrorist organisation had finally staged a successful attack. EURACTIV.com news editor Joel Schalit, was almost there.
Health 09-06-2016

EU should lead the final push to eradicate polio

A polio-free world is within reach. With continued support and funding, the EU can help wipe out this devastating disease, writes Stefan Rebmann.
Global Europe 15-03-2016

Education is the key to development and stability

The EU needs to reach out to civil society in South Asia and make sure its efforts to support education in the region do not go astray, writes Ana Maria Gomez.
Global Europe 18-02-2016

Refugee children must be protected

At the EU summit that starts today (18 February), Europe’s leaders cannot fail child refugees. The freedoms and prosperity of the continent are on the line, writes Ester-Asin Martinez.
Global Europe 15-02-2016

Refugee children need our protection

With more and more unaccompanied minors arriving at our borders, Europe needs to do more to ensure their safety and to give them hope for a better future, writes Věra Jourová.
Global Europe 11-01-2016

After Ukraine, the West must encourage regional partners like Azerbaijan

If the Ukraine crisis has taught us anything, it’s that the West needs to safeguard its allies in Russia’s backyard and encourage them to implement reforms, but be more understanding of their growing pains, writes Taras Nazarenko.

Europe’s terrible start to 2016

The divisions in the EU are different and more difficult to overcome than the ones faced by the bloc in the past and pose a significant threat as we start 2016, writes Judy Dempsey.

Europe’s foreign policy reaction to the Paris attacks is just noise

The terrorist mass murder committed in Paris on 13 November warrants a decisive foreign policy reaction from France and its European partners, writes Jan Techau.
Med & South 18-11-2015

Remember Paris!

If being European is not able to inspire, then it is only right that Europe is occupied by a culture which can, writes Žiga Turk.
Global Europe 18-09-2015

Challenges for EU soft power in the Middle East

Diplomacy and development are the foundations of the EU’s influence in the world. But they can only be effective if we truly understand the cultural and political landscapes of the countries we are trying to influence, writes Hans Gustaf Wessberg.
Dying lion
Languages & Culture 04-03-2015

The relevance of arts trafficking for international security

Over the past two centuries, abuse of antiquities and fine art has evolved from the “spoils of war” into a method of financing terrorism. Nowadays, both the US and UK are concerned about antiquities trafficking as a source of funding for ISIS, leading to calls for international cooperation to counter the market, writes Erik Nemeth.
Polio
Development Policy 19-12-2014

Achieving the extraordinary: A world without polio

?It would be naïve to feel safe from the threat polio virus poses to children everywhere. Critical action is needed by European leaders now to protect the world from this threat and realise the promise of global eradication, writes Geeta Rao Gupta, John Hewko and Bruce Aylward.

EU’s capital Brussels is no stranger to refugee horrors

On a chilly morning last week, Alda Sousa and Gabi Zimmer, the head of the GUE/NGL leftist political group in the European Parliament, visited the Afghan refugee camped outside the Béguinage church in the Sainte-Catherine district of Brussels. Sousa wrote down her experience for EURACTIV.
Global Europe 21-11-2013

Regional integration is the ‘key’ to stabilising Afghanistan

Integrating Afghanistan into its neighbourhood should create a “win-win” situation for all the countries in the region and for the international community as a whole, writes Erlan Idrissov.
Development Policy 20-02-2013

Afghanistan and Central Asia: Nobody move, nobody gets hurt

As Western powers and NATO gradually pull out from Afghanistan, the European Union is increasingly looking at the potential spillover threats for Central Asia as a whole, write Jos Boonstra and Marlene Laruelle.
Global Europe 03-06-2011

Decoupling Afghanistan from Pakistan

Gauri Khandekar argues that Europeans must cease to look at relations with Pakistan through the prism of the Afghan War.
Global Europe 03-05-2011

Bin Laden’s death and the implications for jihadism

The death of Osama Bin Laden represents a significant victory for the United States and its European allies. However, it will have little effect on Al-Qaida's "leaderless" model for terrorism, nor does it resolve the continuing serious difficulties in Pakistan, argues security analyst Scott Stewart.
Public Affairs 30-11-2010

WikiLeaks and American diplomacy

Little in the way of surprise or revelation has come out of the WikiLeaks cables, writes the Geopolitical Diary at Stratfor.