What Role and Strategies for NATO in the New Arch of Crisis?
This podcast is performed by Alessandro Marrone. The aim of the briefing is to analyze the debate within NAYO on which role the Alliance may play with regard to the arch of crisis stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea across the Middle East and Ukraine. Particular attention will be paid to the different threat perceptions of NATO Member States with respect to the Eastern and Southern flanks of the Alliance, the strategies agreed so far to deal such security threats and challenges, and the future perspectives.
TTIP and economic policies in the South Atlantic
This podcast is performed by Peter Sparding. TTIP negotiations, now well into their third year, are slower moving than many stakeholders in Europe and the United States had originally hoped for. Contentious public debates in several European countries, as well as the focus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the passage of Trade Promotion Authority in the U.S. have seemingly slowed down progress over the past few months. But where do negotiations actually stand at this point? What does the political calendar in Europe and the U.S. look like and how might it affect TTIP negotiations going forward? What are the problematic issues holding up progress? These are some of the questions this briefing will aim to answer. Given TTIP's potential impact beyond the immediate negotiation partners, the discussion will furthermore aim to explore what a successful TTIP might mean for third party actors in the Atlantic space and beyond.
India: One year of Modi
This podcast is performed by Nicolas de Pedro. Narendra Modi completes a year as head of the Indian government with his balance sheet in credit, but the prevailing mood is one of slight disappointment. The macroeconomic picture − lynchpin of Modi's victory − has substantially improved: India grew 7.5% in the first quarter of 2015 (displacing China as the world's fastest growing economy), with inflation falling from double-digits to below five percent; the rupee has stabilised; and deficits in both current accounts and fiscal terms are moving in the right direction and remain under control. But Modi is judged less in terms of these results than the enormous expectations raised during his electoral campaign. And the aspirational India that brought him to power, demanding, above all, prosperity, consumption, efficiency and transparency in public administration, has shown its dissatisfaction with the gradualist pace of change and the prudence shown in the government’s domestic policy. The achhe din, the "good days" Modi promised during the campaign, have yet to arrive. The country remains expectant given Modi’s promise and conviction that this is to be India's century.
The Migrant Integration Policy Index IV
This podcast is performed by Elena Sanchez. This briefing will discuss the new edition of the “Migrant Integration Policy Index” (MIPEX), updated in 2015. This Index tries to measure and compare integration policies in 39 countries, using 150 indicators. MIPEX creates a picture of migrants’ opportunities to participate in society.
The UK after the Elections
This podcast is performed by Francis Ghilès. The general elections in the UK have resulted in conservatives making unexpected wins while the labor and other smaller parties, notwithstanding SNP's major rise, saw some declines. This Webinar will aim to analyze the causes and implications of such results. The Virtual Brief held in OCP Policy Center under the theme "The UK after the Elections", was presented by Francis Ghilès, Associate Senior Researcher at CIDOB, and the following summarizes the discussions of the brief:
The 56th Parliament general elections of the United Kingdom held on the 7th of May 2015 have resulted in Conservatives making unexpected wins while the labor and other smaller parties, notwithstanding SNP's major rise, saw some declines. This webinar will aimed to analyze the circumstances and implications of such results.
The Conservatives won 12-seat majorities in parliament as Labour Party members were almost wiped out by the Scottish National Party (SNP) in Scotland, and the Liberal Democrats suffered major losses. The campaign was marked by the growing support for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), which came third in terms of votes. UKIP voters are perceived to be those abandoned by the Conservatives and New Labor, who have had some difficulties in adjusting to modern Britain and its new ethnic composition.
In contrast, Francis Ghiles explained that the dismaying results of the Labour party were partly due to its collapse in Scotland and the fragmentation of votes. Aside, Miliband’s personality as the Leader of the Labor Party did not create a general consensus due to many of his controversies. The reputation of the last Labor government as economically incompetent jeopardized the desire for stability that most of the voters were looking for in the current elections. However, there is still a margin of hope for the Labor Party to regain its popularity in the long term and it lays in the absence of commonality.