The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership after the Arab Spring: How Can the EU Set Up a New Deal?

PDF downlaodJuliette Bisard*

POMEAS OP-ED, 27 February 2014

While uprisings were gaining ground in its South-Mediterranean neighboring countries, the EU surprisingly adopted an ambiguous reaction, between "spectatorship and actorness".1 As a main economic partner of Arab countries, the EU look after rooted links with them and kept influencing the region through its political conditionality to enhance economic liberalization and prevent from political instability, by supporting authoritarian regimes.

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Burkina Faso: A Revolution Out of the Blue?

PDF downlaodMona Sachter*

POMEAS OP-ED, 16 December 2014

While protests beginning in Tunisia and sweeping over the Middle East sparked interest from media outlets around the world, a recent African uprising has been widely sidelined by Western media. On October 31, 2014, protests toppled President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso who had been in power for 27 years.

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Egypt’s Road to Revolt: Reading Egypt’s prospects


PDF downlaodEmirhan Yorulmazlar*

POMEAS OP-ED, 25 July 2014

There is an uninformed debate going on about the Middle East, easily sticking to clichés rather than analyzing the structural and conjunctural variables that define the course of events. Therefore, Hazem Kandil does a great job in evaluating the post-colonial history of Egypt with a long-termist perspective in his book "Soldiers, Spies and Statesmen: Egypt's Road to Revolt" published by Verso in 2012.

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Joint Declaration by International Law Experts on Israel’s Gaza Offensive

PDF downlaodRichard Falk*

POMEAS OP-ED, 28 July 2014

Prefatory Note: Posted here is a Joint Declaration of international law experts from around the world who are listed below as endorsers. I am among the endorsers, and the text was initially drafted by several international law scholars. We welcome additional signatures that can be sent to me in the comments section, with affiliation noted for identification, and names will be periodically added to the text.

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No exit from Gaza: A new war crime?


PDF downlaodRichard Falk*
POMEAS OP-ED, 15 July 2014

As the hideous Israeli assault on Gaza, named Operation Protective Edge, by the IDF enters its second week, overdue international appeals for a ceasefire fall on deaf ears. Bibi Netanyahu tells the world that no outside pressure will alter Israel's resolve to reach its military and political goals to disable Hamas for the indefinite future.

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