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ISSUE Alerts

Designed as short, rapidly-produced and easily-readable publications, ISSUE Alerts offer succinct responses to the most pressing external challenges facing the Union and/or brief analyses of emerging issues.

  • DPRK: game, reset and match?

    18 July 2017

    Ramon Pacheco Pardo

    This Alert focuses on the new South Korean President's efforts to pursue a policy of re-engagement with Pyongyang, and assesses to what extent this approach has chances of success, given the paucity of other diplomatic options.

  • This Alert examines how Chinese-financed infrastructure projects in the Western Balkans often serve as a conduit for China’s political and normative influence, exacerbating both the high levels of corruption and governance problems that exist in the region.

     

  • This Alert examines the implications of President Trump’s decision to roll back on the previous administration’s opening to Cuba and stresses that, even if the US returns to a hostile attitude, it is in the EU’s best interest to continue with its policy of engagement with Cuba.

     

  • Burundi blues: the road to violence & back

    29 June 2017

    Erwin van Veen

    In 2015, Burundi witnessed political unrest and bloodshed not seen since the end of its civil war. Although political repression has since suppressed dissent, how can the international community – and especially the EU – prepare for an eventual return to violence?

  • Gulf of Guinea: pirates and other tales

    29 June 2017

    Alice Vervaeke

    Threats to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea range from piracy, armed robbery and oil theft to illegal fishing and trafficking in illicit goods. Their impact on economic development, human and food security is not to be taken lightly.