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Air strikes in Libya began in the wake of the UNSC resolution. In my opinion, the Security Council’s “Responsibility to protect” principle (R2P) could be applied if Gaddafi used weapons of mass destruction – such as mustard gas (almost ten tonnes in his possession), bioweapons, “yellow-cake” uranium, Scud-B missiles, or if he (with the help… » read more

Japón sufre con dignidad su tragedia mientras los mercados especulan miserablemente con su reconstrucción. El país del Sol Naciente ha sufrido la mayor tragedia de su historia desde el lanzamiento sobre Hiroshima y Nagasaki de las bombas mundiales en 1945.

The hopes for Europe speaking and acting with one voice in the world that had been nourished with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the installation of the European External Action Service have taken a serious battering over the UNSEC vote on a no-fly zone over Libya March 17th.

Conferences, in our experience, can be very boring, but one that we found ourselves at last month was really thought-provoking. The subject was that old ‘chestnut’ of how to get development aid to Africa. It could have been a mind-numbing experience, despite the continued urgency of the issue, but it was transformed by the vitality… » read more

Wie die “Farbrevolutionen” und deren Wurzeln im Bereich der ehemaligen Sowjetunion sind die “Jasminrevolutionen” das Produkt eines sehr spezifischen soziopolitischen Umfeldes. Unverantwortliche Führer, schlechtes Regierungshandeln, eine grundlegende Identitätskrise, wirtschaftliche und politische Frustration ebenso wie das Versagen der westlichen politischen Strategie im Nahen Osten sind einige der Elemente, die die radikalen sozialen Bewegungen erklären, welche die… » read more

In drei der fünf Länder der Region haben die Bürger ihre Kraft gezeigt, indem sie Regime gestürzt haben, die wir als Garanten der Stabilität betrachten wollten. Sie verlangen lediglich, dass man in den Wiederaufbau ihrer Länder investiert. Aber wenn sie nicht sehr rasch Grund haben, an eine Verbesserung ihrer Lage zu glauben, wird die Energie… » read more

I feel that many of us are watching Revolution 2011 sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East in very much the same passive manner as we watch a weather report map. Our citizen journalists on the ground are sending tweets and our leaders are expressing concern, but there is very little analysis on the… » read more

By Manana Kochladze, Regional Coordinator for the Caucasus at CEE Bankwatch Network. The functioning of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) vis-à-vis the Southern partners has received considerable international scrutiny over the past weeks, with revolutions in North Africa in the spotlight. Some of the criticism aimed at ENP effectiveness in the South seems to imply… » read more

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