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The EU and the Arab world: living up to the EU’s normative expectations

The EU and the Arab world: living up to the EU’s normative expectations

The external relations of the European Union with the Arab countries of the southern bank of the Mediterranean, institutionalised initially through the Barcelona process, then the ENP and today the Union for the Mediterranean, are predicated on the twin pillars of political stability and economic integration into a liberal free trade area. The approach is both a policy and a moral failure.

Tunisia: Was it a revolution?

Tunisia: Was it a revolution?

With the cascading events in Tunisia, there has been much debate about whether or not this represents a real revolution. The question is clearly important. Much of the debate seems to focus on whether or not Tunisia will move out of an autocratic system of government and into a liberal democracy. But whatever the eventual political outcome, Tunisians have already experienced a real revolution.

The Egyptian People Demand the Fall of the Regime

The Egyptian People Demand the Fall of the Regime

The “Tunisian wind”, stirred by the popular uprising that swept President Ben Ali of Tunisia from power on 15 January 2011, is inspiring the Arab world from Bahrain to Morocco. Ordinary people in their hundreds of thousands have joined activists in street protests. They seek bread, housing, livelihoods, dignity, freedom and justice.

The Dictator is Dead, God Save the Dictator!

The Dictator is Dead, God Save the Dictator!

Following many other Middle Eastern and North African leaders Ben Ali sustained his power through repression, fear, and censorship. His downfall through popular protests stunned the world. However, there is still no guarantee for a new chapter in Tunisian politics.

Wikileaks and Iran: The Observer Effect at Work in International Security Policy

Wikileaks and Iran: The Observer Effect at Work in International Security Policy

The consequences of Wikileaks lie not in the information it provides to policymakers, but in the new perspective it may grant the general population. By bringing new evidence into public discourse, the document leak may change the public view of Iran policy, and thus policies themselves as the Arab States, America and its NATO allies react

Iran and Britain: The Politics of Oil and Coup D’état after the Fall of Reza Shah

Iran and Britain: The Politics of Oil and Coup D’état after the Fall of Reza Shah

Mosaddeq’s preoccupation with the nationalization of Iran’s oil sector derived from his belief that such a venture, once realized, could bring economic prosperity, national autonomy and political sovereignty in its wake. The loss of Abadan Oil Refinery dealt Britain’s prestige a stinging blow at a time when it was struggling to adapt itself to the disintegration of empire and come to terms with the ascendance of the US

Water Insecurity in the Middle East: a Cause for Conflict or Cooperation?

Water Insecurity in the Middle East: a Cause for Conflict or Cooperation?

The Middle East is a very complex region with many factors causing states to enter into violent and intractable conflicts. The region has been adversely affected by climate change. This has led to the entire Middle East becoming dryer, thus meaning that water volumes, be it in aquifers or river basins, are declining. Therefore, water scarcity is steadily affecting food supply.

The Neoconservative Movement at the End of the Bush Administration: Its Legacy, Its Vision and Its Political Future

The Neoconservative Movement at the End of the Bush Administration: Its Legacy, Its Vision and Its Political Future

After 9/11, the word ‘hijacking’ has been used for two events. Of course, for the terrorist attacks of that day, but some also talked about a more metaphorical action: the hijacking of American foreign policy through the influence of a “neoconservative” or “democratic imperialist” movement

Attacking Iran is Still Completely Nuts

Attacking Iran is Still Completely Nuts

The international community must accept Iran’s nuclear program. This is not a desirable admission, nor is it a triumph for anyone, lest the Iranians themselves who would better off fixing their faltering economy.

Channeling “Nixon Goes to China” in the Middle East

Channeling “Nixon Goes to China” in the Middle East

In order to avoid losing ground in a geopolitically pivotal region of the world, the US must be bold. Today, Iran and the increasingly confident Shia of the Middle East are playing a central role in shaping what the region will look like a generation from now. The US must be able to adapt to the shifting sands and not cling rigidly to yesteryear’s policy prescriptions.

What Middle East Policy to Expect from the New German Government? When promising ideas threaten to be buried in transatlantic waters

What Middle East Policy to Expect from the New German Government? When promising ideas threaten to be buried in transatlantic waters

However big the political odds are, a rational-pragmatic input by the FDP could constructively impact the foreign policy discourse in Europe’s largest country

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