ISIS and Wilayat Sinai
ISIS and Wilayat Sinai

Complex networks of insurgency on Egypt's Sinai peninsula

by Omar Ashour | Near and Middle East/North Africa, Terrorism

The insurgency in Sinai has evolved over the past 15 years. Its stated goal shifted from supporting Palestinian armed groups in the early 2000s to controlling areas in northeast Sinai and fighting Egyptian security and military forces there. In 2014 the insurgent group Wilayat Sinai declared allegiance to ISIS. The Egyptian government’s counterinsurgency blunders and its humiliation and repression of the civilian population have helped give the insurgency ready access to a large pool of recruits.

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Voices from Ukrainian Civil Society
Voices from Ukrainian Civil Society

Audio interviews with Roman Romanov, Orysia Lutsevych, and Nataliia Shapoval

by Juulia Barthel | Europe, Government and Society

At the annual joint conference of the DGAP’s Robert Bosch Center and Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), experts from Ukraine and the EU discussed what instruments could be effective in fighting corruption in Ukraine, implementing the rule of law, and increasing Ukrainians’ trust in their state apparatus. We followed up with interviews.


The EU Grapples with Brexit
The EU Grapples with Brexit

Keep Calm and Carry On – But How?

by Jana Puglierin, Julian Rappold | United Kingdom, European Union

Whether the rest of the European Union can come together in the face of the stunning outcome of the United Kingdom’s referendum will depend substantially on German leadership.


Western Policy toward Wider Europe
Western Policy toward Wider Europe

Chapter Thirteen of The Eastern Question

by F. Stephen Larrabee | Russia, International Policy/Relations

Two regions – the Western Balkans and the states on Russia’s western periphery – are part of the “unfinished business” left over from the end of the Cold War. Wider Europe includes six states, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova and Belarus, three of which want to join NATO. Projecting stability and democracy into "wider Europe" poses a difficult challenge for several reasons.

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Perception and Exploitation
Perception and Exploitation

An ongoing series on Russia’s non-military influence in Europe

by Stefan Meister, Jana Puglierin | Russia, Media/Information

This text introduces a series of articles exploring Russia’s use of instruments of hybrid warfare since its annexation of Crimea. These tools include not only putting “little green men” on the ground in eastern Ukraine but also robust media propaganda and – significantly – support for Euroskepticism within the EU. Stefan Meister and Jana Puglierin frame the initial discussion here. Subsequent texts will consider Serbia, Greece, France, Hungary, and Germany.


Germany’s Vote to Strike ISIS in Syria
Germany’s Vote to Strike ISIS in Syria

Signalling a shift in its approach to international law

by Eric Langland | Europe, Law of War

After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November, President Hollande somewhat surprisingly invoked Article 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty – the EU’s mutual assistance clause – instead of NATO’s Article 5 to win European support for the military campaign against ISIS in Syria. Germany’s Bundestag answered the call, voting in December to authorize military support. By championing Lisbon’s assistance clause, Germany sent a clear signal to its fellow member states in support of European common defense.

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