Despite the lack of inter-state conflicts, the reduction in poverty levels and the holding of democratic elections, Latin America is one of the world’s most violent regions.
This paper, part of the European Commission financed 'Initiative for Peacebuilding' project, analyses the impact of the international community's engagement on state-society relations in Angola.
Although Serbia has submitted a formal application for EU membership there are still many difficult issues to resolve, including that of Kosovo.
This analysis suggests that European policies in situations of conflict or fragility remain ineffectual, often unduly narrow in scope and at odds with the EU’s declared holism.
This policy brief by Sven Biscop finds that the high expectations which Europe and the US had of each other concerning security strategy have not entirely been met.
The Iraqi parliamentary elections scheduled for 7 March signified a severe test of the truce that emerged between the major factions during 2007 and 2008; a test which the EU was woefully unprepared for.