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Elections and transfers of power look set to dominate world events in 2012. Will Chinese leadership adopt a more aggressive stance? Will Egypt develop into an Islamist regime? Here is a brief look at these and other events likely to shape the new year. Feel free to share any events you think will also be important. ...More
Yemen was hit hard by the Arab Spring, which has a cross-national appeal that has somewhat obscured its distinctiveness in each country. Demonstrations in Yemen are strongly correlated with long-standing grievances on security and development, yet protests have become entwined with existing power struggles and difficult to disentangle from local conflicts. ...More
Brazil has turned into a crucial actor in several policy areas of global governance, surpassing fellow emerging powers like China and India to take important roles in health, hunger, and climate change policy. The EU can no longer afford to neglect Brazil as a decisive partner for the future. ...More
Daria Wiktoria Dylla:
Warsaw’s strong support for a hegemonial position of Germany in Europe might at first be seen as the least expected behavior of a Polish government. However, a closer look at Poland's the geopolitically difficult situation reveals that it should above all try to prevent a further disintegration of the EU. This requires accepting a dominant position of Berlin. ...More
Happy New Year! Before we start discussing the tough security and economic challenges, we would like to wish our members all the best for 2012. Happiness is increasingly considered an additional benchmark for national progress, says Brookings expert Carol Graham. ...More
A climate deal can be formalized only if the issues of equity and technology transfer acquire centre stage in climate talks. Further, the global community, specially the West has to well absorb the fact that climate disaster will affect everyone and not just the poor developing countries. ...More
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your excellent contributions and to remind you of some of the stand-out achievements of our open think tank over the past twelve months. Your ideas are making an impact and we look forward to your contributions in 2012. ...More
The French Parliament is right to pass the Armenian Genocide Bill. Turkish threats and counter measures are a price worth paying when fighting for justice. Denying the Armenian Genocide and pandering to those who deny it is hypocritical of the West in an era where our civilization is trying to be a shining light to those in the Arab world who are casting off dictatorships. ...More
Transition is on track. We are confident that the end of 2014 goal for its completion will be met. Today, already 80% of security operations in Afghanistan are led by Afghan National Security Forces, with ISAF enabling support. Transition must be seen as a comprehensive process, not a one-off event. ...More
We currently focus on how to step up bi-regional economic integration between the EU and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Our goal is to improve the effectiveness of the EU-LAC "Strategic Partnership" looking forward to the 2012 Summit in Santiago. ...More