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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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    06October 2021
    In the past two years the Chinese government, which has long pursued a security-centred approach to data, has been defining its own data governance regime. This Brief aims to shed light on China’s approach to data governance and outlines the challenges that it presents for EU governments and companies, particularly with regard to the risk of data protectionism.
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    29September 2021
    A survey conducted among young people in the Middle East early in 2021 probed how this generation feels about the future. The results belie the perception that young people in the region are pessimistic or fatalistic, instead highlighting a relative optimism, and concerns over issues that they feel will be of particular importance in their future, such as healthcare and political representation.
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    22September 2021
    As global warming and the need for a decarbonisation strategy have risen to the top of the EU’s agenda, fighting climate change has emerged as one of the prospective areas for cooperation with Russia. This Brief shows that despite the detrimental effects of climate change in Russia, Moscow continues to perceive the issue primarily in terms of power relations and money.
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    13September 2021
    The environmental impact of digital consumption and new technologies calls for globally sustainable data practices. This Brief argues that embracing ‘green digital diplomacy’ represents a strategic opportunity for the EU’s foreign and security policy to exercise influence in an era of geopolitical rivalry and trade tensions.
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    02September 2021
    CSDP missions and operations, including the steering bodies in Brussels, were severely affected by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. This Brief examines the impact that Covid-19 has had on the CSDP and points to some lessons which can be drawn from the experiences of dealing with the pandemic crisis so far.
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    26July 2021
    This Brief looks at how the Strategic Compass can make a tangible difference to the EU’s role as a maritime security provider.
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    13July 2021
    This Brief explores how China is actively developing and promoting an alternative, more centralised and controlled form of blockchain, as well as testing and launching its own digital currency.
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    07July 2021
    This policy Brief opens the EUISS Imagine Africa series and taps into Afrobarometer survey data to map Africans' aspirations for the next decade.
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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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