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Middle-East / North Africa

The Greater Middle East and the Mediterranean five years from now

By Marc Otte (29-10-2015)

In Commentaries

The crises in Europe’s neighbourhood seem to get worse by the day. The recent decision by Russia to intervene in Syria, supposedly to fight against DAESH has raised new questions about the cohesion of the international response to the war going on in the Levant and the Middle East. read more…

What Putin wants (in Syria)

By Thomas Renard (26-10-2015)

In Commentaries

Many observers are speculating about Putin’s strategy in Syria. This commentary argues that Vladimir Putin’s military intervention is driven by five key objectives, with domestic, local, read more…

Putin is not such a brillant strategist

By Sven Biscop (30-09-2015)

In Commentaries

Putin may be a master tactician, but a sober analysis of the outcome of some of his recent decisions show him to be an apprentice strategist (in Dutch). read more…

From survival to revival: The Riga Summit 2015 and the revised ENP

By Suzana Carp, Tobias Schumacher (23-07-2015)

In Security Policy Briefs

With the European Parliament’s July report on the revision of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) calling on the Commission to ‘go back to basics’, this article argues that such a move would be counter-productive and that instead, the ENP needs to move towards the future and break away with the historical elusiveness of this overarching policy. read more…

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The costs of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Conference from 18:00 to 19:30

« The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict » is a study that estimates the net costs and benefits over the next ten years of five alternative trajectories — a two-state solution, read more…

Vol. LXVII, Issue 2 (2014)

By Various authors (06-05-2015)

In Studia Diplomatica


  • When « Good Enough » does not suffice. The impact of crisis on institutional change in European financial sector governance by Aneta B. Spendzharova and Esther Versluis
  • Banking union in Europe and implication for financial stability by Shawn Donnelly
    read more…

Taking EU-Iran relations beyond the nuclear file

By Cornelius Adebarh, Marc Otte, Nathalie Tocci​ (30-03-2015)

In Other publications

Engaging in dialogue with Iran on issues beyond the nuclear program is unlikely to lead to an EU-Iranian partnership in the short term. But it is hard to see how the West would not benefit from a transactional relationship where cooperation is pursued when interests coincide, and dialogue persists read more…

The Arab spring in comparative perspective

By Various authors (27-03-2015)

In Other publications

Egmont’s Sven Biscop, with Stefan Borg (Swedish Institute of International Affairs), contributed the chapter on the role of the EU to this assessment of the Arab Spring, which was commissioned by the Strategic Studies Network (SSN) and EUROMESCO. read more…

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Lebanon’s future perspectives in the current crisis: Elements for stability and prosperity

High Level Conference from 17.00 to 18.30

Conference with His Excellency Gebran BASSIL, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of Lebanon.

The presentation will be introduced by Mr. Didier REYNDERS, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, in presence of H.E Arthur NAZARIAN, Minister of Energy and Hydraulic Resources of Lebanon and H.E Alain HAKIM, Minister of Economy and Trade of Lebanon. read more…

Vol. LXVI, Issue 4 (2013)

By Marc Franco, Tanguy Struye de Swielande (20-01-2015)

In Studia Diplomatica


  • Time to go home? The EU’s legacy and future options in Afghanistan by Edward Burke
  • Identity as a framework for alternative regionalism? An examination of the organisation of Islamic cooperation and the Pan-Islamic idea by Bruno De Cordier read more…