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    Can ISIL Be Copied?

    Will like-minded extremist groups try to duplicate ISIL’s vision of an Islamic state? Florence Gaub thinks it’s unlikely, at least for now. However, we shouldn’t rule out the possibility of groups such as al-Shabab trying to transform themselves into bigger organizations with similar ambitions. More

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    Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2015

    Futurology can take on different guises, particularly when trying to anticipate the problems Europe’s foreign policymakers will face in 2015. In this paper, FRIDE’s tack is to look at the shifting postures, concerns and priorities of nine regional powers and then propose a spectrum of ‘coping strategies’ for them to consider. More

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    Low Oil Prices Could Shake up Africa's Petro States

    What negative impact could lower oil prices have on Africa’s petro states? Jill Shankleman believes the problem could be twofold. Not only might these states experience increased political instability, they could also clamor for increased external support, particularly in order to sustain public services. More

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    How Can Latin America Help Colombia to Achieve Peace?

    To answer this question, our partners at NOREF recently hosted seminars that were attended by academics, diplomats and activists from across Latin America. Today, Kristina Johanesen explores the main ‘take-aways’ from these events and how they might help Colombia create a lasting domestic peace. More

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    The Symbolic Politics of Ethnicity

    Why do ethnic conflicts lead to such different outcomes, ranging from civil wars to quarreling social movements to nothing at all? In today’s podcast, the University of Delaware’s Stuart Kaufman provides his answer. More

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    Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

    Our featured partner this week is the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which is located in New York City. More


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Libya in 2015: The Scramble for Oil and Scenarios for Transition

In this video, three analysts focus on the following questions about Libya. 1) Is the country on the verge of de facto partition? 2) Who are the internal actors aggravating Libya's troubles and how are external stakeholders affecting matters? And 3) what steps can the US take to promote stability, if not peace, in this troubled 'country'? More on «Libya in 2015: The Scramble for Oil and Scenarios for Transition »

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28 Jan 2015 Security Watch

Can ISIL Be Copied?

Will like-minded extremist groups try to duplicate ISIL’s vision of an Islamic state? Florence Gaub thinks it’s unlikely, at least for now. However, we shouldn’t rule out the possibility of groups such as al-Shabab trying to transform themselves into bigger organizations with similar ambitions. More on «Can ISIL Be Copied?»


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28 Jan 2015 Security Watch

Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2015

Futurology can take on different guises, particularly when trying to anticipate the problems Europe’s foreign policymakers will face in 2015. In this paper, FRIDE’s tack is to look at the shifting postures, concerns and priorities of nine regional powers and then propose a spectrum of ‘coping strategies’ for them to consider. More on «Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2015»


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28 Jan 2015ISN Blog

Low Oil Prices Could Shake up Africa's Petro States

What negative impact could lower oil prices have on Africa’s petro states? Jill Shankleman believes the problem could be twofold. Not only might these states experience increased political instability, they could also clamor for increased external support, particularly in order to sustain public services. More on «Low Oil Prices Could Shake up Africa's Petro States»


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Jan 2015 Publications

How Can Latin America Help Colombia to Achieve Peace?

To answer this question, our partners at NOREF recently hosted seminars that were attended by academics, diplomats and activists from across Latin America. Today, Kristina Johanesen explores the main ‘take-aways’ from these events and how they might help Colombia create a lasting domestic peace. More on «How Can Latin America Help Colombia to Achieve Peace?»


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2 Oct 2014 Audio

The Symbolic Politics of Ethnicity

Why do ethnic conflicts lead to such different outcomes, ranging from civil wars to quarreling social movements to nothing at all? In today’s podcast, the University of Delaware’s Stuart Kaufman provides his answer. More on «The Symbolic Politics of Ethnicity»


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Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent and nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher all rolled into one. More on «Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)»