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Federica Mogherini presented the new EU Global Strategy “ Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe” at yesterday’s European Council.
As the Venezuelan opposition is stepping up efforts to oust President Maduro, the government is doing its best to stall the process.
In Sri Lanka, the rising of a new Sinhala-Buddhist ultra-nationalist movement could undermine the country’s reconciliation process.
The Mongolian People’s Party won the parliamentary elections in a landslide, defeating the ruling Democratic Party in a vote highly influenced by economic concerns.
The Directorate-General for External Policies of the European Parliament calls for an EU Strategy for relations with Iran after the nuclear deal.
David Van Reybrouck argues that referendums and elections are outmoded instruments of public deliberation and need to be updated to save democracy.
Using the example of Madagascar, Foreign Policy explains how labelling fake democracies as full-fledged can harm real democracies.
On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, International IDEA is organising an interactive conference on the opportunities, limitations and future prospects of participatory democracy and active citizenship, to be held on 15 September 2015, in Stockholm. The event will consist of three seminars and workshops.
You can find more information about the event here.
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The Colombian government and the FARC have officially agreed to a cease-fire, an important step to putting an end to a 52-year long conflict.
Good news also from Tunisia. Last week, the Parliament passed a law likely to increase women’s representation across the country in next year’s local elections.
Despite their formal commitment to democracy, South American regional organisations have never taken a strong stance vis-à-vis Venezuela. However, recent political changes in the region might get things moving.
On 31 May, Mohamed Abdelaziz, the historic leader of the Saharawi Republic, passed away. What is next for Western Sahara?
The Council of the EU released the 2015 Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World, describing how the EU addresses human rights and democracy challenges in its external policy.
The European Policy Centre published a collection of six essays focusing on the EU’s multilateral approach in foreign policy within the context of the forthcoming EU Global Strategy.
Washington Monthly analyses one of the most serious headaches of Myanmar’s new government, namely the Rohingya issue.
The Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies are organising an event entitled “Egypt’s Civil Society on the Brink? Politics from Below Five Years after the Revolution”, to be held on 16 July 2016 in Berlin. The event will bring together professionals and researchers and will feature workshops and a panel discussion.
You can find more information about the event here. The deadline to apply has been extended to 30 June.
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Last week, the EU approved a €500 million loan to consolidate Tunisia’s democratic mechanisms. Despite the successful democratic transition, the economic problems at the root of the Arab Spring have not been addressed successfully.
The Thai referendum on the new constitution is approaching and the junta is now resorting to soft power to build trust and political support in the rural areas.
Libyan National Army’s General Haftar has never showed enthusiasm towards the Government of National Accord. His popularity and numerous allies now risk to worsen the country’s political divide.
Press freedom is a major casualty of the current Burundian crisis. However, shattered TV and radio channels are gradually being replaced by new media.
ECDPM explores the EU’s approach to the 11th European Development Fund regional programming and the prospects for supporting regional integration in a new discussion paper.
The Institute for Security Studies analyses SADC’s new guidelines for elections observation, calling for the inclusion of civil society and a stronger focus on post-electoral violence.
Politico Magazine argues that despite the Cuba-US rapprochement Fidel Castro and the elders of the Party are trying to resist reforms.
Friends of Europe is launching the 2016 Security Jam report on 30 June 2016 in Brussels. The final report features 10 recommendations, “The 10 Steps for a Safer World”, and a road map of concrete initiatives. It will be discussed by EEAS and US officials, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and Amnesty International.
You can find more information on the event here.
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Turkish president Erdogan signed a new law stripping parliamentary immunity for MPs. The opposition sees it as a strategy to remove the pro-Kurdish party from the Parliament.
Two weeks ago, Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova was released from prison. Foreign Policy profiles “the world’s most famous dissident journalist”.
In the last weeks, political unrest has surged in Papua New Guinea amid calls for PM Peter O’Neill to resign over corruption scandals.
ECDPM and the Istituto Affari Internazionali published a working paper underlining how the new EU Global Strategy and the 2030 SDG agenda provide an opportunity to refresh the EU’s approach to development cooperation.
The Legatum Institute released the 2016 Africa Prosperity Report. The best results are achieved in the countries with stronger civil liberties and personal freedom.
The Institute for Economics and Peace published the 2016 Global Peace Index highlighting the fact that we live in a (slightly!) less safe world than 2015.
The European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) is offering a three-day training course called “The practical methodological guide for brave project managers”, which will take place from 6 to 8 July 2016 in Pula, Croatia.
More information about the programme is available here.
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King Abdullah II of Jordan appointed a new Prime Minister playing a caretaker role before the next elections, which will occur in a delicate transition period for the country. What is next for Jordan?
A Senegalese African Union-backed court has found Chad’s ex-dictator Hissène Habré guilty of crimes against humanity. Al-Jazeera explains why this verdict is so significant.
The Thai military junta is getting increasingly paranoid about dissidents and thoughtcrime arrests are becoming dangerously absurd.
After the signing of the Nuclear deal, Iran is being gradually reintegrated into the international society. A new report by CEPS offers recommendations for a comprehensive EU strategy for relations with Iran.
Since 2013, international aid to Ukraine has increased exponentially. How is the country using this money?
The dispersal of power in the Middle East allows smaller countries to take on bigger roles. Carnegie profiles these “swing states” and the opportunity they represent for the European diplomacy.
The Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) is organising a panel discussion, entitled “EU enlargement and the role of CSO in the Western Balkans’ democratic development” on behalf of the European Commission DG – NEAR, to be hold on 7 June 2016 in Berlin.
You can find more information about the event and the registration here.