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Supporting democratic transitions South and East: sometimes better is more

Date added: 03/17/2011
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Elina Viilup,
Research Fellow, CIDOB

28 February 2011 / Opinión CIDOB 106

Twenty years after the peaceful revolutions in Eastern Europe shook the European continent and ended the Cold War, the popular uprisings against the autocratic regimes in the Southern Mediterranean and the Middle East are changing the world again and opening an opportunity for the establishment of democratic regimes in the area. Only a few weeks ago, experts of the region and politicians alike would have considered this perspective unthinkable.

Corruption and International Organizations: The United Nations and the World Bank

Date added: 02/18/2011
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ISDP POLICY BRIEF, No. 53, February 03 2011 by Per Larsson / Summarized by Stina Hartikainen

At a recent ISDP Forum on Transnational Crime the problem of corruption in international organizations was discussed by Per Larsson. He is a PhD Candidate at the Stockholm University Faculty of Law, writing his dissertation on the legal problems faced by international organizations in dealing with corruption. This summary was compiled by Stina Hartikainen.

What to expect of the Egyptian army?

Date added: 02/18/2011
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Report, by Pierre Razoux

Hosni Mubarak's resignation from office and the wholesale transfer of his powers to a Supreme Military Council, comprising former notables of the outgoing regime, bring the Egyptian army to the centre of the political stage in this period of transition which began on 12th February 2011.

Bearing in mind the context and the balance of power, the new RD report analyzes the current situation, stating that it is not inconceivable that the army should favour coming to an agreement with the Muslim Brotherhood, still the best structured and most powerful political force in the country, while at the same time honouring Egypt's international commitments.

What to think of the political crisis in North Africa and the Middle East?

Date added: 02/04/2011
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Report, by Pierre Razoux

The new Research Report by the Research Division examines the potential impact of the chaos prevailing in Egypt and the Jasmine Revolution which has made the domino theory relevant again for the whole of the Arab world.

The Fault Lines and Virtues of Multipolarity

Date added: 01/25/2011
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Daniel Fiott - Research Fellow, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation

Madariaga Paper, Vol. 4, No. 4 (Jan., 2011)
What are the real costs and benefits of any future possible multipolar international order? The aim of this paper is to outline and analyse the benefits and costs of multipolarity beyond a simple dichotomisation by placing it in its current political and historical context. The paper concludes by asking what role multilateralism can play in managing the pros and cons of multipolarity.