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  • An unsustainable refugee crisis

    Sustainable Development 20-06-2014

    Few issues polarise public opinion more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Whether it's Europe, or the United States, the problem is the same. One of the main reasons why is the ongoing crisis of what to do with the descendants of the 700,000 plus refugees, created by the first Arab-Israeli war, in 1948. Spread around the world, their numbers today exceed 5 million.

  • Democratisation in the neighbourhood: noble declarations and unavoidable dilemmas

    Europe's East 20-05-2011

    Katarzyna Pe?czy?ska-Na??cz analyzes the unavoidable dilemmas that prevent the EU from consistently applying its democratic values in its relations with its neighbourhood.

  • Decision time for EU foreign policy

    Global Europe 17-03-2011

    The Arab upheavals present a unique opportunity for the EU, if only it can formulate a cohesive foreign policy firmly behind democratic forces, writes Tunne Kelam, an Estonian member of the European Parliament for the centre-right EPP group.

  • The Middle East’s feminist revolution

    Med & South 28-02-2011

    The significant participation of women in the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa challenges both local dictators and Western stereotypes, writes author and social critic Naomi Wolf.

  • Libyan chaos and its regional impact

    Global Europe 22-02-2011

    Events in Libya are different from those in Tunisia and Egypt and could eventually lead to civil war there, according to global intelligence company Stratfor. This could in turn have a profound impact on other countries in the region and affect the political stability of the whole Middle East, warns Stratfor in a commentary.

  • Turkey’s rise and the decline of pan-Arabism

    Global Europe 28-06-2010

    Internal identity complexes explain Turkey's actions on the world stage, writes Shlomo Ben-Ami, a former Israeli foreign minister and current vice-president of the Toledo International Centre for Peace.

  • Germany in 2009

    EU Priorities 2020 27-03-2009

    While Germany successfully managed its dual presidency of the European Union and G8 in 2007, a year later the country stands accused of making weak and contradictory commitments on many issues, particularly foreign and social policies, write Claire Demesmay and Hans Stark in a March paper for the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI).

  • ‘Main conflict is in the East, not between East and West’

    Security 17-01-2007

    The East-West clash is a myth: rather, political problems should be tackled within the East itself, argues Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül in an article published by the Financial Times on 16 January 2007.

  • Promoting political and economic reform in the Mediterranean and the Middle East

    Central Europe 22-07-2005

    The EU has a major interest in the reform process of its neighbours, writes Fraser Cameron, director of studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC), in the Turkish Policy Quarterly. However, the EU is not entitled to “impose” the ground rules of political, economic and social behavior that it requires from member countries upon its southern neighbors the way it is able to upon its European neighbors and potential member countries. The EU’s “sticks and carrots” are insufficient to motivate national authorities to implement reforms that weaken their own power status. This article considers the importance of the region for the EU, assesses the achievements of the Barcelona Process, evaluates present EU policies towards the region, ask s whether democracy is possible in the region and examines the prospects for EU-U.S. cooperation in the wider Middle East. The author suggests a number of recommendations for EU action although it is recognized that progress will depend on decisions made by the countries in the region themselves.