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Presidential Election in Mali: Conclusions for the EU

by Kacper Rękawek || PISM Bulletin no. 72 (525) In July and August 2013, Mali will hold presidential and parliamentary elections, and despite numerous administrative, logistical and political issues, the Malian authorities are determined that these will be organised in line with the pre-arranged schedule. The European Union, without pushing for the elections to be… Read article ›

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Ripping into TTIP? Debates Surrounding the Upcoming EU–U.S. Negotiations

by Maya Rostowska || PISM Policy Paper no. 19 (67) The outcome of negotiations for a transatlantic trade deal depends largely on the stance of politicians and stakeholders in the EU and the U.S. An overview of the debate on either side of the Atlantic reveals both sides’ respective interests and suggests which areas will… Read article ›

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Turkey at a Tipping Point: Why the EU should Use Gezi to Rebalance Ankara’s Foreign Policy?

by Pinar Elman || PISM Policy Paper no. 17 (65) July 2013 Protests that began over the re-development of Gezi Park in Istanbul and spread throughout the country mark a turning point not just in Turkey’s domestic policy but in its foreign policy, too. The protestors demand a pluralistic democracy, rule of law, secularism, decentralisation… Read article ›

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France and Poland: Four Grades of Cooperation on EU Neigbourhood Policy

by Elżbieta Kaca, Karolina Zubel || PISM Bulletin no.73 (526) The general thawing of relations between France and Poland may herald better bilateral cooperation regarding the thorny issue of European neighbourhood policy (ENP). Four grades of cooperation are there for the taking. Beyond the question of how best to combine the eastern and southern dimensions,… Read article ›

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Conclusions of the Polish V4 Presidency and the Challenges Beyond it

by Anita Sobják || PISM Bulletin no. 71 (524) Poland’s one-year Visegrad Group (V4) presidency demonstrated its increased engagement in the region. This was bolstered by visible results in energy policy, security and defence, as well as by successfully increasing the internal and international visibility of the V4. After passing the presidency to Hungary on 1 July, Poland… Read article ›

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Personalities vs. Institutions: Lessons of Qatar’s Transition

Eckart Woertz Senior Research Fellow Associate, CIDOB CIDOB 28 june 2013 / Opinión CIDOB, n.º 199 / E-ISSN 2014-0843 If one thing is striking in the commentary on the Qatari leadership transition, it is the focus on personalities. Institutions and constituencies hardly seem to matter. In contrast, health issues of the outgoing Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani,… Read article ›

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Sources of Tension in Afghanistan & Pakistan: Perspectives from the Region in 2013: Russia

Carmen Claudín, Senior Research Fellow CIDOB and Roberto Toscano, Senior Research Fellow Associate In line with the focus for 2013 under CIDOB’s “Sources of Tension in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Regional Perspectives (STAP RP)” policy research project on the regional powers and their interests, this series is a product of field research visits to a number of… Read article ›