#Blog (RSS)

Pathways towards a revitalised Africa-Europe strategic partnership

01. Oct. 2020
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Cedric de Coning

The African Union and European Union were scheduled to adopt a new strategic partnership agreement at an AU-EU summit in October 2020, but it had to be postponed due to COVID-19 risks and related delays. This may be a blessing in disguise, as it gives the negotiators more time to adapt the relationship to COVID-19 and to craft an agreement that expands the focus, scope and scale of African-European relations for the next two decades.

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The Americanisation of European foreign policy

15. Jun. 2020
Konstantin Bärwaldt, Lucia Montanaro, Tuuli Räty

The EU wants to create stability and peace outside Europe – by providing guns, ammunition and training. This strategy will fail

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COVID-19 in Libya: Germany Should Engage, Not Retreat

09. Jun. 2020
Thomas Claes, Jannis Grimm

Despite diplomatic efforts at the Berlin Conference, the security situation in Libya is deteriorating, providing ideal conditions for COVID-19 to spread unnoticed. Germany should revitalize dialogue formats established in Berlin to leverage technical support by all actors involved, and upgrade bilateral aid to support coordinated measures to contain the virus.

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Drawing closer together in times of crisis

02. Jun. 2020
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Helena Speidel

Helena Speidel, peace advisor with forumZFD in Jordan, describes her impressions of a country in lockdown. In spite of all the difficulties coronavirus has inflicted on the people of Jordan, there is still reason for hope.

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(Fighting) Jihadism in the age of the coronavirus: on the current crisis in northern Mozambique

20. May. 2020
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Jannis Saalfeld

On 23 March 2020, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an immediate global ceasefire in light of the spread of the coronavirus. Guterres stated that it was now time for people in all conflict zones to lay down their weapons and concentrate on the joint fight against the pandemic. Unmoved by this appeal, Jihadist groups around the world are eager to exploit the current crisis for their purposes. Particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, which has become a hotspot for Islamist violence over the last decade, there is the danger that the spread of the virus will significantly aggravate existing trends of destabilisation.

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