Changing frontiers by Shlomo Avineri

14. Jul 2014  |  Security and Defence  |  Middle East  |  Policy briefs
Written as a follow-up to a closed roundtable discussion at the GLOBSEC 2014 conference (May 14 - 16, 2014) in Bratislava, this policy brief discusses the conflict between the right to self-determination and the inviolability of state borders.

The European Union and the New Middle East: Still on the same page?

By Marc Pierini
17. Apr 2013  |  European Union  |  Middle East  |  Policy briefs

The changes brought about by the Arab revolutions of 2011–2012 were unprecedented in scope and nature. Initially, Egyptian and Tunisian citizens revolted against sclerotic governments and corrupt elites. When  elections were held, liberal forces appeared fragmented and lacked popular credibility, while the far better organized Islamist forces – the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Ennahda in Tunisia – became the dominant political forces. Political confusion ensued and fundamental changes are slow in coming.

What role for the Visegrad countries on the Mediterranean coast?

By Robin ShepherdIstván Gyarmati, Zora Hesová and Patrycja Sasnal
5. Jan 2013  |  Central Europe  |  Middle East  |  Policy briefs

In theory, the four Visegrad countries (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) are well suited to help the Mediterranean countries during a transition to democracy. The V4 moved away from authoritarian rule themselves a generation ago, and their officials, envoys, advisors and civic society activists have relevant expertise and a natural empathy with those in North Africa and the Middle East looking to liberalise their societies.