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Turmoil in Southern Philippines – next step towards the creation of a new ISIS Caliphate?

Turmoil in Southern Philippines - next step towards the creation of a new ISIS Caliphate?
Emile Fabre

Emile Fabre

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Emile Fabre is an aspiring political affairs researcher and MA student at the College of Europe in Natolin, Poland, whose analytical work focuses on international affairs and security issues. Previously Emile has engaged in human rights monitoring, researching armed conflict and extremism as well as drafting policy on foreign affairs by working at the European External Action Service, European Parliament and International Crisis Group. He holds degrees from the American Graduate School of Paris (MSc International Relations) and Paris-Sud University (MA Diplomacy).
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For decades, Southeast Asia has been the habitat of various extremist movements with each group operating to serve its unique objectives. The arrival of ISIS has severely disrupted the former regional status quo. Aligning Muslim extremism with more global ambitions, ISIS has slowly established the concept of Jihadi franchises, developing ties between formerly unrelated groups. […]

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Tackle terrorism, not conservatism

Tackle terrorism, not conservatism
Rebecca Brambilla

Rebecca Brambilla

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Rebecca has a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Her main academic interest lies in the fields of Foreign Affairs, International Development and Global Governance. During her studies, Rebecca worked as an intern for the social start-up Serlo Education in Munich and for the Blossom Hill Foundation in New Canaan, Connecticut. Passionate about human rights and global development, she has volunteered for local NGOs in Kenya, India and the United States.
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The frequency of Jihadist assaults in European capitals has increased dramatically since the coordinated attacks in Paris in November 2015. Most notably, not one, but two attacks have recently taken place in the United Kingdom in the space of two weeks, in Manchester and London. In both incidents, the perpetrators targeted unknowing civilians who were […]

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The ENP’s revision: More of the EU’s timid rhetoric?

The ENP’s revision: More of the EU’s timid rhetoric?
Dina Habjouqa

Dina Habjouqa

Policy Researcher at Politheor
As a PhD candidate in Political Studies at the University of Alicante, Dina is researching the legal and constitutional landscapes and the geopolitical factors that govern the creation, orientation, functioning and performance of political parties in Jordan. She previously served as a political researcher at the Jordanian Royal Court, with special emphasis on relations with the European Union, and as an EU-Jordan relations officer at the Ministry of Planning in Amman. Her professional and academic experience focuses on democracy building, the empowerment of political parties, and EU-MENA relations.Dina contributed to a number of reports published by the Jordanian Center for Strategic Studies.
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A report on the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy’s (ENP) revision was published on 18 May, outlining the progress achieved since the policy’s review. Launched in 2003 as a framework to foster prosperity, stability and security in the EU’s southern and eastern neighbourhoods, the ENP could be best described as a labyrinth of opaque […]

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What drives Japan towards a more aggressive foreign policy?

What drives Japan towards a more aggressive foreign policy?
Monica Esposito

Monica Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Monica Esposito holds an MA in International Conflict and Security from the Brussels School of International Studies. She collaborates with research centres in Italy and she is currently an intern at the Chaire Baillet Latour at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve.
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The warship is expected to embark on a three-month tour with stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, before joining the Malabar, an annual joint naval exercise with India and the United States in the Indian Ocean. It will be the most spectacular show of force since the World War II in the […]

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The flawed rhetoric around NATO’s two percent

The flawed rhetoric around NATO’s two percent
Mareike Müller

Mareike Müller

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Mareike Müller studies International Security and Political Economy at the LSE and Sciences Po. Prior to her studies she has gained professional experience among others at the World Health Organization, the German Development Agency GIZ and the Federal Foreign Office.
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Rumour has it that at their much-discussed meeting in Washington, Donald Trump handed Angela Merkel an invoice, amounting to the alleged 300 billion US Dollars Germany “owed” the US for not living up to its NATO budget quota. Although both parties denied this happened, the news still sparked heated debates about NATO’s budget and its […]

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The need for a new security discourse

The need for a new security discourse
Monica Esposito

Monica Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Monica Esposito holds an MA in International Conflict and Security from the Brussels School of International Studies. She collaborates with research centres in Italy and she is currently an intern at the Chaire Baillet Latour at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve.
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Security should be framed in terms of society rather than in terms of the state. We therefore need to introduce the concept of “societal security“: the security of a society is compromised when that society has the impression that its own identity is compromised. Far right parties often rely on this identitarian discourse when warning […]

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Trump and EU Defence: A blessing in disguise?

Trump and EU Defence: A blessing in disguise?
Monica Esposito

Monica Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Monica Esposito holds an MA in International Conflict and Security from the Brussels School of International Studies. She collaborates with research centres in Italy and she is currently an intern at the Chaire Baillet Latour at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve.
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Yet, Trump is not the only factor. The march of the EU towards a more decisive security and defence strategy had already started in June 2016 with the presentation of the EU Global Strategy. Beyond ambitions and intentions, it is unforeseeable whether the EU will be able to grasp this opportunity, because of the lack […]

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Counter radicalization policies in the UK: Counterproductive for gender equality

Counter radicalization policies in the UK: Counterproductive for gender equality
Katherine Atkinson

Katherine Atkinson

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Katherine Atkinson is from the UK and recently graduated with a master’s degree in Conflict Studies. She lives in Brussels currently, but did her studies in London and has lived in France, Russia and Moldova while she studied French and Russian. She is particularly interested in the politics of the post-Soviet space.
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Sixteen-year-old British girl Kadiza Sultana travelled to Syria to join Dae’sh with two friends in 2015. This, and her subsequent supposed death in an airstrike captured the nation’s attention to the issue of radicalised women. The media not once used the word ‘terrorist’ to describe Sultana. ‘Young, impressionable’ Sultana had been groomed, and mindlessly ‘lured’ […]

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To ‘Europeanize’ Islamic Education

To 'Europeanize' Islamic Education
Izza Tahir

Izza Tahir

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Izza Tahir is a Master of Public Policy graduate from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has worked as a policy analyst with the Government of Ontario in Canada as well as the Government of Pakistan. Her research interests include governance reform, health policy, and the politics and policy of education reform in developing countries.
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The Muslim population of Europe is between 9 and 15 million, having risen steadily since the 1990s due to increased migration and more recently, the influx of refugees from Muslim-majority countries. In response, European policymakers, cognizant of Muslim traditions requiring children to be schooled in basic Islamic tenets and the Arabic language, have been introducing […]

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The Crisis Between Russia and the West: Who gets to be right?

The Crisis Between Russia and the West: Who gets to be right?
Camilla Edemann Callesen

Camilla Edemann Callesen

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Danish national with a BA in International Studies and a MA in International Conflict and Security. I have previous work experience from humanitarian, peacebuilding and human rights organizations in Belgium and Denmark, and from a research institute in Finland. My interests include Russia and EU’s foreign and security policies, NATO-Russia relations, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. In September I will commence my PhD in International Relations, which will focus on Russia’s foreign policy decision-making in the context of the conflicts in Ukraine and Georgia.
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Actors often disagree on the nature of a conflict because they believe – as well as want to present themselves – that they hold the correct interpretation of the situation. “Being right” is a much desired position as it will turn the situation in your favor and provide you with all the spoils of being […]

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