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  • 3 July 2024

    The first policy brief from the EMBRACE project, titled "Emerging Patterns of Blockages to Peace and Democratisation," has been released by Sandra Pogodda and Oliver Richmond from the University of Manchester. This brief presents some results of Work Package 6 on blockages to peace and democracy, with contributions from colleagues at PalThink, Berghof Foundation, Arab Reform Initiative, Ghent University, and Nansen Dialogue Centre. It briefly some highlights critical research findings from fieldwork conducted in Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, Armenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, including on the escalation of conflicts in the multipolar order, the undermining effects of stabilisation approaches on peace, and the interlinked blockages at the national level and within society. The policy brief offers concrete policy recommendations directed at the EU to address these challenges and promote sustainable democratisation and peace processes.

    Read the Policy Brief here.

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EMBRACE - Introduction

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Since the colour revolutions in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, and the Arab Spring in MENA, few countries in the European neighbourhood have made progress in democratisation. Instead, reverse trends towards de-democratisation and il-liberalisation can be observed.

The EU-funded EMBRACE project investigates obstacles to democratisation in the European neighbourhood and identifies ways to overcome them. It examines various types of blockages (behavioural, institutional, structural) and studies the cultural, historical and geopolitical contexts in which they emerge. It also reviews the EU’s ambitious, instruments and impact on democratisation over the last two decades. The project engages partners and stakeholders from EU and non-EU countries. Its work includes the development of an innovative policy toolkit supporting the EU’s efforts in promoting democracy in its Eastern and Southern neighbourhood.

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University of Würzburg

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