Analyses 2017

  • 2017033030/03/2017
    The EU Strategic Partnership with the Mediterranean and the Middle East (SPMME): A Forgotten Initiative towards a Comprehensive and Consistent EU Multilateral Approach vis-à-vis the Arab States
    A consistent approach in the European Union (EU) external relations preserves its credibility in the world and makes it a more effective international actor (Lannon, 2015: 82). To avoid any fragmentation in this respect, Article 21(3) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) provides that “The Union shall ensure consistency between the different areas of its external action and between these and its other policies. The Council and the Commission, assisted by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy [HRVP], shall ensure that consistency and shall cooperate to that effect.
  • 2017022222/02/2017
    What does determine the allocation of foreign aid to the MENA countries ?
    What does determine the allocation of foreign aid to the MENA countries ? By Chloé de Radzitzky Introduction The aim of foreign aid is to help developing countries facing issues affecting their economic development. However, this article argues that in the case of the allocation of aid in the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the needs of recipient's countries for economic development do not seem to be the most important determinant. As the Department for International Development has said, MENA receives more aid per poor person compared to other regions, ''but poverty reduction is not the primary motivation for many donors’ assistance'' (DFID 2003: 11). Several studies emphasizes that economic, ideological, and political interests of donors determine the allocation of aid in this strategically important region.