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Brazil and Africa: Historic Relations and Future Opportunities

Marcus de Freitas | Thu, 14 April 2016

This podcast is performed by Marcus de Freitas. Brazil is in a good position to serve as a bridge to Africa and to reignite more cooperation between both sides of the South Atlantic. Brazil has increased its presence in Africa in recent years in terms of trade, investment, development cooperation, and political alliances with the goal to secure a greater say for the global South in the new world order that has been under construction since the of the Cold War. A global Brazil requires a robust partnership with Africa.

Turkey-EU Relations

Eduard Soler | Tue, 12 April 2016

This podcast is performed by Eduard Soler. This webinar will highlight which are the key elements that favoured the revitalization of Turkey’s accession process to the EU. It will discuss whether this opening is sustainable and what both parties are looking for.

U.S. security policy in the East Asian context

Daniel Twining | Thu, 07 April 2016

This podcast is performed by Daniel Twining. U.S. Security Policy in the East Asian Context For the United States, some of the main challenges facing the U.S. security policies in East Asia are a mixture of traditional and non-traditional security issues. But the main traditional security challenges for U.S. in East Asia would be the South China Sea issue and North Korea. China continues in the same pace building (and militarizing) artificial islands in the South China Sea which causes anxiety to its neighbours, specifically the Philippines and Vietnam who directly dispute Chinese claims, with the former taking the issue to international arbitration. The U.S. finds itself in a peculiar position since it needs to assure allies in the region and at the same time provide for the freedom of navigation which can be seriously undermined if China takes control of the 9-dash line. The second challenge is North Korea which keeps on provoking, with the latest incident being the 4th nuclear test. Although Missile Defense analysts say that the test does not prove any progress to NK’s nuclear operational capabilities, however it shows how difficult would be to reignite any talks.

Electrifier durablement l'Afrique par les technologies hors réseau

Gabrielle Desarnaud | Tue, 05 April 2016

Ce podcast est délivré par Gabrielle Desarnaud. Alors que 1.2 milliards de personnes n’ont toujours pas accès à l’électricité, et que la qualité de service délivrée par les réseaux existants n’est pas toujours optimale, l’électrification dans les pays en développement peine à progresser. Sans engagement coordonné et massif, le nombre de personnes sans électricité augmentera considérablement en Afrique d’ici 2030. Pourtant, des solutions complémentaires à l’extension du réseau laissent aujourd’hui espérer des progrès d'électrification considérables en adéquation avec les enjeux économiques et environnementaux actuels. Changer notre conception de l’électrification permettra d’admettre que rester hors-réseau peut, pour certains, faire partie de la solution. Le succès du programme d’électrification durable Marocain en est un exemple, notamment pour ses voisins d’Afrique sub-saharienne.

Atlantic Future Project Outcomes – What next for the Atlantic Space?

Danielle Piatkiewicz | Tue, 05 April 2016

This podcast is performed by Danielle Piatkiewicz. The aim of the Atlantic Future Project was to study the rationales of cooperation in the Atlantic area and to suggest strategies to the EU on how to engage with the wider transatlantic relationship in the context of the ongoing redistribution of power and the overall rebalancing of relations around and within the Atlantic space. As the project concluded in December 2016, the results and findings analysed the fundamental trends in the Atlantic basin and to show how changing economic, energy, security, human, institutional and environmental links are transforming the wider Atlantic space. What does this mean in the scope of a joint Atlantic policy?

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