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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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COVID-19 and fragility: The threat posed by corruption, crooks, and the resulting illicit financial flows

08. Jun. 2020
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Jana Warkotsch und Carola Frank

With governments under pressure to contain COVID-19, another threat might slip by unnoticed. Indeed, corruption, profit-driven crime and the resulting illicit financial flows (IFF) are soaring in the wake of the current crisis.

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Sri Lanka: pandemic threatens to deepen divisions between religious and ethnic groups

02. Jun. 2020
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Kesuma Saddak

The pressure on Sri Lanka’s Muslim community has intensified, especially since the attacks in April 2019. They face heightened levels of discrimination and experience hate speech and distrust on a daily basis. Some local media outlets (both press and TV) have even blamed Muslims for introducing COVID-19 and spreading it around the country. It seems highly likely that the pandemic is being deliberately exploited to stoke further tension between religious and ethnic groups in the country.

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Corona, Peace and Conflict

The Covid-19 virus turns our lives upside down. The effects on peace and conflict dynamics become increasingly clear. As a knowledge hub, FriEnt's blog series “Corona, Peace and Conflict” has set itself the task of sharing experiences from a wide range of actors, bundling assessments and showing new perspectives on developments in sub-areas of peacebuilding.


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