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FEPS International Activities in Focus 2014
When it comes to international issues, FEPS has constantly sought to provide the most current and prescient analyses available. The articles that follow provide a taster of the studies commissioned by FEPS throughout 2014.
India: Europe’s quiet partner
South Asia correspondent, Klaus Voll has built up an impressive portfolio throughout 2014 as FEPS has experimented with his “South Asia dossier”. Voll provides his own in-depth analyses but also includes the writings of other eminent contributors such as Uday Bhaskar, Swapan Dsgupta, Srikant Kondapalli, Manoj Joshi, Joyce Lobo, Prem Shankar Jha, C. Raja Mohan, Mani Shankar Aiyar and Shrawam Nigham. The November edition looked at relations with China and other BRICS countries, gave a portrait of India’s new defence minister Manoj Parrikar, analysed President Mukherjee’s visit ot Bhutan and looked at a wide range of internal Indian, as well as broader regional and continental, developments. 
On the border of the Islamic State
Following a visit to Iraq, in October researcher Aron Lund wrote a compelling piece on the upsurge in militant Islam in that country and in Syria in his piece “On the border of the Islamic State”. He spent time among Kurdish fighters who offer one of the points of resistance to the IS and tracks the complicated regional, sectarian and political issues at play. 
 
2014: a year of landmark elections
In May, as elections were under way for the European Parliament, landmark elections were also taking place in India and South Africa. To mark this, FEPS compiled articles by South Asia correspondent, Klaus Voll, Southern Africa correspondent Arnold Wehmhoerner and FEPS Policy Advisor David Kitching and looked at areas of common concern among the three polities. This was called “Clouds gather for election season in India, South Africa and the European Union”. It attempted to address the problems of democratic malaise in Europe with reference to lessons learned from elsewhere in the world. 
The EU’s challenging eastern border
In April, André Gerrits wrote on the crisis then unfolding in Ukraine in “The Ukrainian Crisis: options for Russia and the West”. The annexation of the Crimea by Russia was an unprecedented event, with highly uncertain consequences. Gerrits asked if this represented the beginning of a new area in global politics, looking at the immediate and longer-term consequences for Russia, Europe, and Ukraine amid a remarkably challenging landscape.
The view from the Cape of Good Hope
In March, Arnold Wehmhoerner wrote “Mandela’s Legacy Betrayed”. While the world mourned Nelson Mandela and while in many speeches and articles his achievements and personality were praised, many commentators from overseas but also in the local press point out that the present South African leadership is not living up to Mandela’s ideals and has betrayed his legacy. During a significant watershed in the post-apartheid history of South Africa, as the tripartite alliance appears under threat and gross inequalities persist, Wehmhoerner’s piece analyses the potential for change in the political landscape in the forseeable future. 
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Alain Bloëdt, FEPS Communication Advisor - alain.bloedt@feps-europe.eu - +32 2 234 69 01
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