Global Solidarity

Re-inventing international relations and the role of the EU in the world One of the key tenets of the FEPS approach to international relations has been a focus on mutual respect and on th e potential to learn a great deal from the perspectives of others. This has informed the manner in which FEPS has built networks in many parts of the world with a view to basing progressive EU foreign policy on holistic understanding of strategic partners. Furthermore …

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South Asia : August Dossier

Prominent experts, coordinated by FEPS Correspondant Klaus Voll, analyze a wide range of India’s foreign policy issues (China, US, Indo-Pacific), particularly also the PM’s visit to Nepal and the deteriorating relations with Pakistan.
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India and the WTO Stand-off

By Joyce Lobo. India has emerged as a voice amongst the developing countries at the WTO while negotiating or proposing agenda. One such area has been the public stock holding for food security purposes that it brought into the agenda of the WTO’s Ninth Ministerial Conference at Bali.
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South Asia : July Dossier

Analyses of the BJP-NDA government performance thus far, as well as Indias relations with other BRICS member states, the United States, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan.
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South Assia- June Dossier

Democratic Socialism in South Asia, political developments and violence against women in India, a China-SAARC-meeting in Chengdu/Sichuan Province, Modi’s visit to Bhutan, a visit by China’s foreign minister to India and India’s relations to Iran.
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South Asia : May Dossier

With Narendra Modi’s rise to power, alongside his Bharatiya Janata party, the political landscape in India looks set to change considerably. FEPS South Asia correspondent, Dr Klaus Julian Voll, is joined by eminent indian experts to analyse the new dynamics for Indian democracy.
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South Africa’s voters defy President Zuma’s scandals

The scandals surrounding President Zuma brought predictions of a rout for the ruling African National Congress, but the emotional link to the liberation party is still strong and the party still attained a massive 62% of the vote, in spite of some slippage.
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India: Triumph of Nationalism and good governance?

The overwhelming victory of the BJP/NDA and the virtual decimation of the Congress will unfold a different form of governance with "a strong man“ at the helm. Narendra Modi, admired and vehemently opposed, faces tremendous expectations, which cannot be fulfilled by nationalism and populism.
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South Asia : April Dossier

This month’s dossier examines the rise of Narendra Modi and the foreign, economic and environmental policy programs of the BJP, Congress and AAP; analysts also look at the India­‐China and India‐Russia strategic dialogues.
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The Ukrainian Crisis – Options for Russia and the ‘West’

The annexation of the Crimea by Russia is an unprecedented event, with highly uncertain consequences. In this paper, André Gerrits asks if this is the beginning of a new area in global politics. What are the immediate and longer-term consequences of the Ukrainian crisis?
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South Asia : March Dossier

Electoral analyses from polarized India and the strategically important Maldives; economic and strategic relations between India and China; the BIMSTEC Summit in Myanmar; and perspectives on China’s attitude towards Ukraine.
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Mandela’s Legacy Betrayed

While the world mourned Nelson Mandela and while in many speeches 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
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South Asia: February Dossier

This month’s dossier contains detailed analyses of the political situation in Thailand, South Korea, and between Japan and India. FEPS Consultant Klaus Voll is accompanied by other experienced analysts to look at the interaction of Indian politicas with these broader dynamics in the region.
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South Asia : January Dossier

Analyses of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), currently ruling Delhi, is a new phenomenon making headlines in India; Relations between India and the Maldives, Indo-US relations, a lack of foreign policy consensus in India, maritime issues including China’s role ...
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South Asia: December Dossier

Analyses by Dr Klaus Julian Voll, FEPS Advisor on Asia with Dr. Joyce Lobo, Shyam Saran and Dr. C. Raja Mohan of important state elections in India, Nepal’s second Constituent Assembly, and comment and analysis of India’s foreign, security and domestic issues.
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Towards a Progressive, European Integrated Energy System

Ahead of the upcoming Commission proposals for the 2030 framework on energy and climate change FEPS is launching this collection of articles at a conference in Budapest which addresses some of the fundamental issues at stake. Energy policy is at the forefront of political debates across Europe....
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South Asia: Winter Review

Analysis of India’s internal politics, the political landscape in South Asia, and India’s relations with China and Russia by Dr. Klaus Voll, FEPS advisor on Asia, Dr. Joyce Lobo and Kasturi Moitra.
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Impunity for the Powerful: The African Union & the International Criminal Court

The decision by the African Union Extraordinary Assembly that “no charges shall be commenced or continued before any International Court or Tribunal against any serving AU Head of State or Government” raised serious questions about the relationship between the AU and International Criminal Court.
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India's Pakistan and Afghanistan Policies

This paper from Dr Klaus Voll, FEPS Correspondent for Southern Asia, looks at the prospects for building peace and trust between the tewo countries. It also charts the utilisation of “soft power” influence in Afghanistan as a preferable alternative to direct military cooperation with Kabul.
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Running on empty

Why the UK needs Europe for affordable and secure energy is the question answered by Claire Mc Neil for FEPS and IPPR. It addresses the need for more cooperation within Europe to ensure an affordable and secure energy supply.
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Zimbabwe – Test Case for SADC

In accordance with the power sharing agreement that was forced on Zimbabwean parties by the SADC in 2008, elections are to be held for the July 31st. FEPS Correspondent for Southern Africa, A. Wehmhoerner analyses the state of play of a countrty under the full contry under the full control of Mugabe
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Summer FEPS India Briefing

This most recent FEPS briefing on India by Klaus Voll, FEPS Advisor on Asia and Kamakshi Nandi, Political analyst and historian, comes at a backdrop of considerable upheaval on both the domestic and foreign policy levels.
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Africa at crossroads

The high demand for commodities and connected rise in prizes creates for African countries a unique window of opportunity to lay the foundations for sustainable development. A. Wehmhoerner, FEPS Correspondent for Southern Africa, examines the situation and calls for international action.
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The Middle East between history of revolts and future geopolitics

This article written for FEPS by Fadi Elhusseini, Associate Research Fellow (ESRC) at the Institute for Middle East Studies in Canada, takes the long historical view of the political situation in the Middle East and the so-called Arab Spring.
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BRICS and South Africa

Following the fifth BRICS summit held on 25-26th March in Durban, Arnold Wehmhoerner, the FEPS Southern Africa correspondent, analyses the current state of play in the BRICS grouping and the development of this entity since the acronym was coined 12 years ago. This paper looks at the debates...
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Recent developments in the Maldives and India

Dr. Klaus Voll, FEPS-Advisor on Asia and Kamakshi Nanda, Political Analyst, provide an overview of the recent developments in the Maldives and India : A Look at Maldives, Instability of the Congress Government, India's relations with its neighbours, Indo-European ties & latest BRICS summit
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Zuma re-elected to lead South Africa for a second term

In the context of the re-election of Jacob Zuma as party president of the ANC, this new article by FEPS Correspondent for Southern Africa, Arnold Wehmhoerner, examines the moral decline of the ANC during the process from a liberation movement to a party in power.
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The Emerging US-China-India Triangle: Relevance for the EU

This article by C. Uday Bhaskar, Director of the National Maritime Institute and formerly a Commodore with the Indian Navy, looks at the political, economic and military ramifications of the emerging triangle in 21st century geopolitics.
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New Economic Measures and their Political Fallout in India

This new article by Klaus Julian Voll, FEPS Correspondent in New Delhi and political analyst and historian Kamakshi Nanda, charts the political developments surrounding this policy change and looks to the near future for further interesting developments for the world’s largest democracy.
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Elections in India

In two different papers, Klaus Voll, FEPS Correspondent for Asia, and Kamakshi Nanda, historian and political analyst, chart out the course of two elections, examine the profiles of the main candidates, and provide a concise explanation of the role and functions of the two highest functions of India
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India – Great Power on shaky feet?

In this paper, Klaus Voll, FEPS Advisor on Asia looks at the requirements for being a “Great Power” and whether India meets these criteria.
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“Zanufication of South Africa’s ANC?

Whenever negative headlines about corruption and malpractice hit the South African press a discussion starts on whether South Africa is following the fate of Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe the leader of the liberation movement, Robert Mugabe, has turned into a dictator and his party ZANU PF into ...
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Decisive Elections in India: Instability Ahead?

The results of the Indian regional elections invariably affect stability at the level of the central government both in the short and long term. Read the new paper from our FEPS Correspondent in New Delhi, Klaus Voll
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Facing Down the Far Right in Europe: A challenge for progressive politics

This paper marks the beginning of a research project in which FEPS analyses the resurgence of right wing populism and extremism in Europe. It seeks to establish an analytical framework for practical use by those who are opposed to the broadly defined “far right”.
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The role of the US in Asia

The beginning of the 21st century has seen significant changes in the power dynamics governing the Asia-Pacific region. A new paper from one of our Indian correspondents, Indrani Bagchi.
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QUERIES N°6 - ASIA: WHAT'S NEXT? AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE

It is commonly repeated that the post-War order belongs to the past, as it no longer mirrors reality and its institutional set-up has proven incapable of responding to the challenges of modern times. Beyond any doubt, the so-called “BRICS” countries will play a crucial role in writing the next...
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Demystify Land Reform in Southern Africa!

With ANC Youth League president Malema calling for the expropriation of land without compensation, land reform has come into focus once again. This reflects Robert Mugabe's actions in Zimbabwe when he confiscated land owned by whites in 2000 to offset his loss of the support of his people.
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South Africa’s Foreign Policy – Quo Vadis?

This paper by Arnold Wehmhoerner looks at the development of South African foreign policy since the end of apartheid. It deals with the divergent approaches taken by Mandela, Mbeki and Zuma and the changing circumstances in which the country finds itself as an economic powerhouse, ...
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The Arab Revolts: Lessons for Sub-Saharan Africa?

The overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt, the events in Tunisia and the fighting in Libya sparked intensive discussions in the rest of Africa, especially in countries which have been under the control of dictators for a long time, such as Zimbabwe. But the police there detained 46 people including ...
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Economy Yes, Political Flexibility No: Wen Jiabao in India

In this short paper, FEPS Correspondent in New Delhi, Klaus Voll, examines the recent visit to India by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Drawing on commentary from experts across various fields of Indian public life, this paper deals with economic relations, security concerns border issues and the...
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Obama's Visit in India

Barack Obama’s visit to India from 6-9 November 2010 has, overall, been positive, irrespective of an earlier skepticism in the media. The expansion of economic relations had been a priority. Politically, Obama surprised commentators with his statement, that his government would welcome India’s...
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Zimbabwean Crisis Continues

This short study looks at the current state of play in Zimbabwe, a country gripped by political instability and economic catastrophe. The paper discusses measures taken (or not taken) thus far and looks at potential areas of improvement. Arnold Wehmhoerner's analysis looks at the causes of...
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Common Security: A Question of Global Solidarity

Here you will find the concise FEPS report from the round table event in which experts from politics, think tanks and academia discussed the potential for developing a progressive conception of EU foreign policy and security strategy, drawing on arguments ranging from development to migration to...
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EU Foreign Policy and Emerging India: Catherine Ashton in New Delhi

Important global, regional and bi-lateral issues require consultation with India, an emerging global player and a regional power in Asia. Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, met India’s top political leadership during her recent four-day visit to...
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After the Financial Crisis: A progressive agenda for Africa

Prior to the conference a number of the expert participants were asked to make written contributions. The objective of these contributions was to provide speakers with an adequate intellectual platform from which the debate could proceed. Here is a selection of the contributions received.
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US Af-Pak Policy: Relevance for India and the EU

As a precursor to a five-day visit from European Parliament Delegation to India for the EU-India Interparliamentary meeting, the National Maritime Foundation and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies initiated a substantive debate on an issue of equally great concern to the European...
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FIFA and Development: the South African Football World Cup, 2010

Granting the 2010 FIFA World Cup to South Africa brought with it promises of increased employment and investment, tourism opportunities and social benefits for South Africans. It was heralded as a symbolic triumph for the sport in Africa which would help to overcome the oft negative images of...
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Liberation and Democracy: Namibia's 5th Parliamentary and Presidential Elections

On 27th and 28th November 2009 Namibia voted for the 5th time after independence for a national parliament and its state president. One week later the Electoral Commission declared that SWAPO, Namibia’s liberation movement, won the elections overwhelmingly. The following report addresses the...
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Regional integration in Latin America: between light and shade

After the failure of the unification project promoted by San Martín and Bolívar, voices began to rise in different parts of Latin America insisting on the need to create a great, single, free and united Fatherland. A region of huge potential with resources of all kinds, Latin America remained...
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Indian Democracy

A series of 4 studies by our FEPS consultant in India about "the Hillary Clinton's visit to India", "The new cabinet and its policy direction looked as an opportunity for Europe", "the India's elections: a clear mandate for governance" & "The party spectrum and challenges on the eve of the elections
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SOUTH AFRICA - AFTER THE APRIL 2009 ELECTIONS

Jacob Zuma, 67 was inaugurated as the fourth President of the new South Africa on 9th May 2009. He is divorced, legally married to three wives, has 17 children, was acquitted of rape charges and survived a long legal struggle against corruption charges. With this background, can he be the right...
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