Quarta-feira, 28 de Novembro de 2012

IPRIS Viewpoints 110

Bruno Oliveira Martins, "The Operation "Pillar of Defense" and the Reshaping of the Middle East" (IPRIS Viewpoints, No. 110, November 2012).

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Terça-feira, 8 de Novembro de 2011

IPRIS Viewpoints 77

Portugal and the Palestinian bid to join UNESCO and the United Nations

Paulo Gorjão

NOVEMBER 2011 -- Portuguese Foreign Minister Paulo Portas explained the abstention as a "European vote", adding that the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, urged European Union (EU) member states to abstain. Yet, since 28 October, Portas knew that a consensus among EU countries on an abstention was impossible to obtain. Foreign Minister Portas added, one day later, that Portugal could not "vote in favor because there is still no concrete sign of peace negotiations". At the same time, as if trying to square the circle, he emphasized that Portugal would never vote against the Palestinian bid. Probably, there is an additional factor that can help explain the Portuguese vote: simply put, Portas did not wish to vote 'against' the United States. Thus, the abstention was a compromise political solution.

 

 

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Sexta-feira, 10 de Dezembro de 2010

IPRIS Viewpoints 28

Brazil and the recognition of the Palestinian state: more than words?

Pedro Seabra

Probably better than any other international newcomer with global aspirations, Brazil understands that in order to achieve a much coveted seat at the table, it has to actively engage in puzzling issues that persistently grab the world's focus but constantly elude any kind of resolution. Such a definition could very well apply to the Middle East scenario and all its deadly variables.

 

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