Quinta-feira, 26 de Maio de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 59

Angola and China: building friendship through infrastructure

Vasco Martins

It is clear that despite much criticism, China's reach in Angola has largely favoured the general population and the government. At a time when the international financial institutions were reluctant to provide Angola with the necessary funding, the Chinese system made use of its natural pragmatism to craft profitable deals and secure access to oil reserves. Politically and culturally there appears to be no credible evidence to conclude that China's grip on Angolan political and cultural life is even active, as the Angolan elite is too weary of any attempts to control its country or turn it into a client state. In the end, perhaps it is not a marriage, but a very fruitful friendship indeed.


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Quarta-feira, 25 de Maio de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 58

São Tomé and Príncipe: an election to divide them all?

Pedro Seabra

Against all odds, becoming the next President of São Tomé and Príncipe is quickly turning out to be one of the most coveted political races in the entire region. Indeed, judging from the multitude of pre-announced -- already formalized or soon to be -- candidacies, the next few months in the small archipelago promise a divisive campaign with no clear frontrunner in sight.


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Sexta-feira, 20 de Maio de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 57

The last stretch: ICC's arrest warrants on Libyan top leaders

Diogo Noivo

Although the arrest warrants will be a legal step with solid foundations, the ICC's decision has an inherent political dimension that goes far beyond the jurisdictional scope. When the UNSC referred the Libyan Crisis to the ICC, it simultaneously approved a series of other measures including imposing an arms embargo on the country, banning travel rights for 16 Libyan leaders and freezing the assets of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his family. In other words, it was a decision clearly intended to increase pressure over the Libyan regime, more than punish human rights violations. This distinctive political dimension becomes even more obvious if one bears in mind the evolution of the Libyan crisis, particularly with regard to the stance taken by the international community. These arrest warrants are, perhaps, an attempt by the international community to end a marathon whose finish line, despite the distance already traveled, has been difficult to see.


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Quinta-feira, 19 de Maio de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 56

Timor Leste's 'David and Goliath' clash with Australia

Vasco Martins

Australia's plans to tackle the growing waves of immigration reaching its shores suffered a massive setback with the rejection by the Timor Leste Parliament of a proposal to set up a refugee processing centre in that country. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard had hopes this project would be approved and implemented, as Australia appears to have just a handful of options left to solve its immigrant challenges.


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Terça-feira, 17 de Maio de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 55

Uganda's Yoweri Museveni and the East African Federation

Vasco Martins

The East African Community (EAC) is again under the spotlight, as the supposed deadline for becoming a federation is closing in, compounded by Uganda's President Yoweri Musevena's statements concerning his role in the creation of the project. The EAC represents Africa's latest attempt to form a regional federation, which would be comprised of Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. The idea is to politically unite the five countries into the East African Federation until 2015. Having already established a common market for goods, labor and capital, a common currency is also expected to be adopted no longer than 2012, representing the ultimate step in building an economic federation.


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Segunda-feira, 16 de Maio de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 54

All eyes on Timor Leste: juggling regional security sensitivities

Pedro Seabra

How should a small and fragile state cope with active interest in its underlined strategic value for the entire region from several surrounding neighbors? Moreover, how should such a country skillfully handle contradictory defense considerations emanating from a distinctive set of international security suitors without antagonizing any of them? As straightforward as they may seem, these are just some of the questions that today's policymakers must answer in Timor Leste, a country exhibiting more and more signs of a carefully designed security approach, based simultaneously on an equidistance between every major player and occasional tokens of commitment for a selective few.

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Terça-feira, 10 de Maio de 2011

IPRIS Lusophone Countries Bulletin 18

Table of Contents:
Vasco Martins, "Angola and the three Guineas: the friendly security provider"
Pedro Seabra, "From BRIC to BRICS: after the dust settles"
Kai Thaler, "Timor Leste and the g7+: A new approach to the security and development aid nexus"
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Domingo, 8 de Maio de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 53

Cape Verde: a new path based on old ground?

Pedro Seabra

For all accounts, not only did Cape Verde's foreign gravitas significantly expand in the last ten years -- the Special Partnership with the EU, accession to the World Trade Organization, worldwide praise for its good, governance indicators, or reconnecting with the ECOWAS, are just some noteworthy examples -- but it also wisely capitalized on such endeavors so as to reinforce and sustain the government's own reform efforts under the so-called "Transformation Agenda", primarily aimed at elevating the archipelago's economic and social conditions to an unparalleled level in the region.


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Sexta-feira, 6 de Maio de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 52

South Africa goes BRICS: the importance of 'ubuntu' in foreign policy

Vasco Martins

By entering the BRICS, South Africa will gain much more visibility, more political influence in decision-making, overall greater 'power'. Accordingly, and as a country that is miles away in terms of economic and political development in comparison to the rest of Africa, will South Africa become overwhelmed by this new BRICS status and forget the very roots of its foreign policy? If not, will South Africa work to enrich its own accounts or will it do so while bringing other African countries into the fold?


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Quinta-feira, 5 de Maio de 2011

IPRIS Maghreb Review 9

Table of Contents:

Cédric Jourde, "Mauritania 2010: between individual willpower and institutional inertia"

Timeline of Events
 

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