Quinta-feira, 21 de Julho de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 69

Timor Leste and Woodside: time for take two?

Pedro Seabra

It is not likely that Timor will suddenly back down from its initial claims anytime soon. Especially if we take into consideration that the 2012 elections in Timor Leste are right around the corner and that any meaningful concession could politically damage many of the current intervening actors. But be that as it may, the cautious reactions to the new Woodside leadership by local authorities might indicate a new willingness to sit at the table rather than negotiate through rumors, leaks and outraged declarations to the media, as both sides have frequently done in the past.


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Quarta-feira, 20 de Julho de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 68

EU-Russia: much ado about nothing?

Philippe Condé

The Partnership for Modernization, which was supposed to fill the gap between Moscow and Brussels'  visions of the economic and political development in Russia, proved completely vain. While the EU stresses the need for political reforms, economic integration and cooperation on science, Russia intends to use European technology to modernize its industry in order to gain political clout in the global arena. Moscow prefers to achieve this goal by signing industrial contracts at a bilateral level, leaving the political component of the Partnership to the EU.


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Quarta-feira, 13 de Julho de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 67

From São Tomé to Praia: two elections, a different set of expectations

Pedro Seabra

At a glance, any immediate and swift analysis of both São Tomé and Príncipe and Cape Verde would certainly reach the conclusion that both countries are headed for a quintessential political summer. With presidential elections scheduled for July 17 and August 7, easy comparisons between the decisions that these two insular Lusophone states will have to make in the coming months, are thus only expected.


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Segunda-feira, 11 de Julho de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 66

Angola's new focus on Africa rewards the relationship with Namibia

Vasco Martins

Angola's renewed reentrance into the African political scene appears to be moving forward without any substantial obstacles. Having announced in Nigeria its intention of embarking on a new phase by developing and solidifying relations with African countries, Angolan diplomacy was quick enough to match its words with deeds, seizing the opportunity of Namibian President Lucas Pohamba's trip to the United Kingdom to schedule a brief meeting with Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, after being received by Foreign Minister George Chicoty.


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Domingo, 10 de Julho de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 65

Portugal and the craving for sovereign funds

Pedro Seabra

Portugal has to recognize that only steady high-level political contacts can, at this point, generate the kind of trust and appeal that in the end attracts such foreign investments. In truth, it amounts to nothing short of a laborious undertaking with dividends only sure to arrive on a mid-term basis. Still, as opportunities abroad begin to dwindle and as traditional financial investors remain persistently skeptical, sovereign funds will most certainly continue to be a mandatory target for Portuguese economic diplomacy.


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Sexta-feira, 8 de Julho de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 64

São Tomé and Príncipe: follow up of the first round of the Presidential elections

João Ricardo Mendes

The next President of the Palácio Cor de Rosa will surely face a difficult task and probably focus his attention on the country's external credibility, fighting for good governance and, above all, ensuring political stability. For all these reasons, the upcoming presidential elections in São Tomé and Príncipe will certainly be very interesting to follow.


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Quinta-feira, 7 de Julho de 2011

IPRIS Lusophone Countries Bulletin 20

Table of Contents

Pedro Seabra, "Mozambique: leaning on a external defense umbrella"
Vasco Martins, "Timor Leste's bet on Lusophone peer-to-peer cooperation"
Timeline of Events

 

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