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The Nagorno-Karabakh redux

This April saw a flare-up of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. With the prospect of lasting settlement now more remote than ever, how do both sides see the situation on the ground? And what could be done to avoid further hostilities?

EU-Russia interaction: dense but tense

This Alert assesses the current state of EU-Russia relations. What attempts have been made by the Union to balance confrontation with engagement? Can the newly adopted process of ‘selective engagement’ yield results?

The Eurasian Union: rising or shooting star?

This Alert analyses EAEU progress after its launch. The Russian-centric architecture of the union, diverging foreign policy interests and weak solidarity are creating internal tensions. Still, it is too soon to declare EAEU a failed project.

What news from the Daesh front?

This Alert offers an overview of the progress made on the multiple fronts of the war against Daesh. Have the international coalition’s efforts to degrade and destroy the jihadist organisation had a meaningful impact?

Islamic radicalism in the Balkans

This Alert seeks to draw attention to the often overlooked problem of Islamic extremist movements in the Balkans. Given the region’s moderate traditions, why are radical Islamist groups now proving so popular?

Competing for ransom: AQIM vs. Daesh

Daesh’s recent territorial gains in Libya, has increased its rivalry with al-Qaeda. In their battle for supporters, fighters and funding, the jihadists are now fiercely competing for the lucrative kidnapping-for-ransom 'industry'.

Briefs

  • South Sudan: the cost of conflict

    Although the comprehensiveness of the EU’s approach to addressing the South Sudanese crisis has set a positive precedent, the costly disbursement of over €414m in crisis-response financing is a stark reminder of the need to re-invest in peace.

  • Great Lakes – weak democracies?

    Presidential attempts to extend term limits in the Great Lakes region have resuscitated a debate over their impact on security. But beyond these presidential predicaments, questions have been raised over the erosion of democratic accountability across the region.

  • Central African Republic: post-transitional realities

    The restoration of a democratically-elected political authority in the Central African Republic (CAR) three years after the outbreak of its latest conflict episode is a positive breakthrough, but no panacea. Unable to shoulder the burden of conflict on its own, it will require sustained international support for years to come.

Publications

  • People on the move – The new global (dis)order

    This Chaillot Paper analyses the factors which have generated the current migration crisis, and emphasises that a balanced policy debate on the challenges and opportunities this phenomenon created by this phenomenon is still lacking. It examines how the devolution of global power means that a new strategy on migration and refugees will need to focus mainly on the world beyond the EU’s borders, providing people with opportunities as close to home as possible.

  • Sense and sensibility – Addressing the South China Sea disputes

    This Report, based on the work of the EU committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP EU), focuses on the territorial disputes that currently put peace and stability in the region at risk.

  • Understanding African armies

    This Report, which focuses on key features of African armed forces, serves as an introductory guide to those interested not only in the military institutions themselves, but also the context in which European CSDP operations in Africa are deployed.