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Raising awareness of both existing and emerging foreign and security policy challenges facing the European Union, EUISS Briefs provide key information in a concise, focused format.

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    11June 2021
    Economic aspects of Brexit have dominated the debate but the split has also had a profound impact on the EU and UK foreign affairs. This Brief looks at the challenges and opportunities for the EU and UK in term of reputation, responsibility, resources and relevance.
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    02June 2021
    Violent extremism has become a growing threat in Africa. This new Brief analyses how Salafi-jihadism spreads across the continent and explores its potential future trajectories.
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    18May 2021
    This implementation of the peace agreement that was signed between the Colombian government and the rebel FARC movement in 2016 faces a variety of challenges. This Brief examines the current state of play and explores how the EU can support the implementation process and reconciliation efforts in the country.
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    21April 2021
    Since Islamic State lost its territory in Iraq and Syria, it has adapted its future script according to its circumstances. This Brief explores how the organisation invests in and manipulates an end-of-times narrative that exerts strong appeal for its followers, and will influence its next steps.
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    15April 2021
    This Brief outlines the major space threats and makes concrete suggestions on how space can support the EU's Strategic Compass.
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    08April 2021
    This Brief analyses to what extent the Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement of November 2020 has created the basis for a lasting settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh. The deployment of Russian troops in the region may lead to a new ‘freezing’ of the conflict resolution process, instead of politically resolving the conflict itself.
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    31March 2021
    The third in our series of Briefs on this theme looks at the role of foresight in policymaking in the United States.
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    30March 2021
    This Brief examines the oil-conflict nexus and analyses the effects of the recent pandemic-induced oil price shock on three vulnerable, conflict-affected countries.
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    11March 2021
    The second in our series of Foresight Briefs shows how the function of strategic foresight has not been conceptualised in China to the same degree as in the West. However, the notions of disruptive ‘black swan’ and ‘grey rhino’ events have gained currency among Chinese analysts in recent years.
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    19February 2021
    The use of digital technologies in intra-state conflicts has become more frequent. This Brief sheds light on some of the risks associated with their use and how these can negatively impact mediation or negotiation efforts in civil conflicts, and examines how peacemakers might address them.

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