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EU framework for FDI screening

Briefing 17-04-2019

On 13 September 2017, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation establishing a framework for screening foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into the EU on grounds of security or public order. The proposal was a response to a rapidly evolving and increasingly complex investment landscape. It aimed to strike a balance between maintaining the EU's general openness to FDI inflows and ensuring that the EU's essential interests are not undermined. Recent FDI trends and policies of ...

The victory over the so-called Islamic State’s territorial rule presents a chance for the Government of Iraq to rebuild its state institutions and re-assert its authority. In this transition, will the Iraqi leadership move past cycles of failure and address the structural problems that perpetuate state weakness and facilitate the emergence of groups like ISIS? To answer this question, this paper analyses the challenges of short-term stabilisation programming with longer-term governance reform at ...

The European Commission proposes to amend Regulation (EU) No 230/2014 establishing the Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) to create the conditions to allow EU budgetary support for systematic and longer-term EU support for the security sector in third countries, including the military, through capacity-building programmes, the provision of non-lethal equipment and improvements in infrastructure. Parliament is due to vote on the proposal during the November II plenary session.

Countering extremism and terrorism in Russia

Εν συντομία 11-05-2016

The Russian focus on countering extremism and terrorism has gradually shifted from a primarily home-grown problem in the northern Caucasus towards international engagement against global jihadi movements. At the same time, Moscow is sceptical about extremism being used as a 'geopolitical instrument to rearrange spheres of influence'.

United Nations response to violent extremism

Εν συντομία 11-05-2016

Despite recurrent difficulties, the international community has developed an extensive repertoire of legal and institutional tools for global cooperation to counter terrorism. In the light of the rise of jihadi movements like ISIL/Da'esh, Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, counterterrorism efforts have increasingly shifted towards countering violent extremism (CVE) as a threat to peace and security.

Countering violent extremism in the USA

Εν συντομία 11-05-2016

The fight against terrorism is a key element in the United States' national security policy. The strategy for Countering Violent Extremism launched by the Obama administration in 2011 signalled a turn away from a counterterrorism policy dominated by law enforcement and intelligence towards a comprehensive strategy based on engagement with broader policy communities. Please click here for the full publication in PDF format

Countering extremism in Arab countries

Εν συντομία 11-05-2016

Terrorist attacks in Sousse, Tunis, Beirut and the Sinai clearly show that hardly any country in the Arab world is immune to the threat posed by jihadi terrorism. Despite their different political agendas, countries in the region have been taking unprecedented steps to identify local factors in radicalisation and recruitment to violent extremism, and to prevent and counter these processes.

Yemen: in a security vacuum

Εν συντομία 13-04-2015

The absence of functioning state institutions and weak security forces in Yemen provide a fertile ground for anti-government insurgency and terrorism. To date, the ongoing military conflict between the central government and Houthi rebels affects half of Yemen's 22 governorates. With 'Operation Decisive Storm' underway, many fear that we are witnessing a proxy war between regional powerhouses, with potential spillover effects across the region.

EU response to Iraq's degenerating situation

Εν συντομία 20-02-2014

Iraq is suffering from a new surge in sectarian violence. The EU and the international community have expressed their concerns over the growth in instability in the country, and stressed the importance of an inclusive political process and the holding of free and fair elections, planned for April 2014.

The first deaths have been reported – along with cases of torture and kidnapping – in two months of anti-government demonstrations and government recalcitrance in Ukraine. Since President Viktor Yanukovych applied the brakes to the country’s advancing Association Agreement with the EU, the country has faced political and popular turmoil, with opposing positions increasingly entrenched and demonstrations increasingly marred by violence. The ruling Party of Regions has de facto retreated from its European ...