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Global Trendometer – Essays on medium- and long-term global trends – July 2018

The EU faces challenges from both outside and within its borders. Most of these are the symptoms of big underlying trends, and handling them requires foresight. The annual Global Trendometer aims to provide such foresight for decision-makers in the EU, by analysing the changes in these long-term trends. Continue reading

Outcome of the EU leaders’ meetings on 22 and 23 March 2018

On 22 and 23 March 2018, the EU Heads of State or Government convened in four different formations with varying compositions and levels of formality: a regular meeting of the European Council, a Leaders’ Meeting on taxation, a Euro Summit and a European Council (Article 50) meeting. Continue reading

EU efforts on counter-terrorism – Capacity-building in third countries [Policy podcast]

In the European Union (EU), responsibility for counter-terrorism lies primarily with Member States. However, the role of the EU itself in counter-terrorism has grown significantly in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that have hit Europe in the post-‘9/11’ era. Continue reading

North Korea [What Think Tanks are thinking]

North Korea has stepped up its nuclear plans with the underground detonation of a hydrogen bomb and tests of its first suspected Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), moves perceived as a major threat to global security. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on 19 September, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies against that country. Continue reading

Qatar: Rising tension in the Gulf

Written by Beatrix Immenkamp, On 5 June 2017, several Arab nations, including Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), simultaneously announced that they were severing ties with Qatar, a fellow member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Accusing Qatar of supporting and financing ‘terrorism and extremism’ in the region, the above countries … Continue reading

EU Global Strategy: turning a vision into action

Written by Patryk Pawlak, Graphics by Christian Dietrich, It was not invasion by a foreign army, or conflict between great powers, but increased migration of civilians escaping war, injustice or simply looking for better opportunities that demonstrated the fragility of the European Union’s security stance when confronted with a rapidly evolving security environment. The EU … Continue reading

Protection of cultural heritage in armed conflicts

Written by Magdalena Pasikowska-Schnass , Cultural heritage is vulnerable. Composed of historic buildings, monuments and artefacts of artistic, historic, religious, scientific or technological importance, it contributes to national identities, but can be destroyed in military conflict. The value and rarity of many cultural artefacts exposes them to human greed: they are vulnerable – especially during … Continue reading

Water disputes in Central Asia: Rising tension threatens regional stability

Written by Konur Alp Kocak After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, water management has caused severe disputes in Central Asia, due to conflicting needs and priorities between the upstream and downstream countries, thus endangering regional stability and security. In terms of distribution of natural resources, the countries in the region are divided into two … Continue reading

Syria [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski The civil war in Syria has developed into the world’s worst ongoing humanitarian and security disaster. An estimated 250,000 people have been killed during four and a half years of hostilities, and over 11 million people have been forced out of their homes. The war has contributed to the expansion of … Continue reading

Minsk peace agreement: still to be consolidated on the ground

Written by Naja Bentzen and Evarts Anosovs On 12 February, after more than 16 hours of negotiations in Minsk, the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to end fighting in eastern Ukraine. The pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine also signed the deal, which includes a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, to begin … Continue reading

Topics and links − May 2014

Update: This post is available in most EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. What’s coming next after the European elections? What is Parliament’s position on the developments in Ukraine? Answers to these questions or other citizens’ concerns can be found by consulting our selection of links below. The following topics … Continue reading

Minerals from conflict areas: Existing and new responsible‐sourcing initiatives

The example of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) demonstrates how mineral extraction in developing countries may fuel or aggravate internal armed conflicts characterised by extreme levels of violence. In an effort to sever the linkage between mineral extraction and conflict finance, the UN and the OECD have developed guidelines for companies sourcing minerals … Continue reading

North-East Atlantic fish stock disputes: The mackerel and herring conflicts

Fish stocks which migrate amongst, or are found in, the waters of several coastal states, or in international waters, require joint management to prevent over–fishing and to share fishing possibilities. However, international disputes have arisen over the fishing of some North-East Atlantic (NEA) stocks. Having withdrawn from earlier agreed international arrangements with the EU and … Continue reading

The g7+ group of fragile states

The g7+ is an association of 18 fragile and conflict-affected states that have joined forces to share experiences and promote a new development framework based on five peace-building and state-building goals. The group brings together: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Papua … Continue reading

Security situation in Sinai

Following the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013, attacks by Jihadist militias against the Egyptian army in the Sinai peninsula have risen dramatically. The international community and the EU have condemned these attacks. Military actions have intensified but democracy will need to be restored quickly in Egypt, in order to prevent … Continue reading

Le conflit du Cachemire: Après la reprise du dialogue indo-pakistanais

Héritage de la décolonisation, le différend opposant le Pakistan et l’Inde sur la question du Cachemire revient régulièrement dans l’attention de la communauté internationale, avec la recrudescence cyclique de la violence. Les enjeux géopolitiques sont nombreux et complexes. Le dialogue indo-pakistanais, sous la forme “du dialogue composite” structuré en plusieurs volets de négociations, a repris … Continue reading

Colombia: new momentum for peace?

In autumn 2012, Colombia’s government and the insurgent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) started direct peace negotiations, in an attempt to put an end to the 50-year old conflict, which has had over 5 million victims to date (assassi­nations, kidnappings, displaced persons and refugees, etc.). Despite a history of failed negotiations with FARC, a … Continue reading

Is a nuclear-weapon-free Middle East possible?

A Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (NWFZ) is seen as a useful instrument to implement multilateral agreements prohib­iting acquisition, stocking, and testing of nuclear weapons. NWFZs also include legal provisions and specific safeguards against the use of such weapons. The purpose of a NWFZ is twofold: it is an initiative aimed at the elimination of nuclear weapons in … Continue reading

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