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> The Foreign Policy Centre has moved

On 1 May 2015 the Foreign Policy Centre moved offices.

Our contact details have changed, the new address is

The Foreign Policy Centre (FPC)

Unit 1.9, First Floor, The Foundry

17 Oval Way, Vauxhall, London

SE11 5RR

New contact telephone numbers are

+44 (0) 203 752 5850 / +44 (0) 203 752 5851

> Investing in women's economic resilience & social wellbeing: Rethinking the role of private sector development in Africa

Part of the 'Africa Rising? Building Africa's Productive Capacity for Inclusive Growth' series

In a series of Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) roundtable discussions - supported by Nestlé - the FPC seeks to explore how business can play a more constructive role in building resilience to improve women's economic and social wellbeing across Africa. The proposed series of roundtable discussions come at a time when global development priorities are being reshaped and redefined in the wake of a post-2015 UN Millennium Development Goals' agenda. In addition, 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. This resolution promotes the importance of women in building peace and security in states affected by conflict. All this is coupled with the fact that the global economic recovery remains fragile. Existing inequality and insecurity disproportionately affects women, and has been compounded by the unprecedented global economic crisis, on-going austerity and mounting uncertainty. These conditions present very real challenges for public spending dedicated to development. As such, understanding the development transformation role played by business and enterprise has become increasingly important.

> FPC Briefing: Governing Non-Traditional Security Threats by Transforming States- Trends and Challenges

In this new Foreign Policy Centre Briefing, Dr Shahar Hameiri and Dr Lee Jones examine international community responses to 'non-traditional' security threats (NTS) – transboundary issues such as pandemic diseases, transnational crime, drug smuggling and people trafficking. They argue that the primary focus of the security response involves attempts to change the behaviour of individual states' domestic institutions and networking them across borders with their counterparts and international agencies. While this approach is seen as a way of avoiding international political conflict, Hameiri and Jones argue that the outcomes of these apparently technocratic interventions are shaped by domestic political struggles in target states. To attain better outcomes, the international community needs to be more aware of the domestic political impact of their interventions and build supportive coalitions with powerful domestic groups.

> New FPC Publication: Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership

Trouble in the Neighbourhood

The Foreign Policy Centre's Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership publication takes an in-depth look at how the EU deals with the countries in its eastern neighbourhood (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine) and what those Eastern Partners want from Brussels as both prepare for a major summit at Riga in May 2015.

Russia's decision in late 2013 to pressure Ukraine and Armenia out of signing agreements with the EU set a series of events in motion, from the Euromaidan protests in Kiev, to the February 2014 Ukraine Revolution, the new pro-European Ukrainian Government, to the Russian annexation of Crimea and the current war in Eastern Ukraine. EU Eastern Partnership policy has suddenly been catapulted from a somewhat niche topic to being at the centre of a major geo-political dispute.

The new publication looks at the key planks of the EU's approach to the region including the offers of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTA), visa liberalisation, funding for reform projects and political engagement. It looks at whether these tools will be enough to deliver the long-term stability, prosperity and democracy the EU is hoping for in the region and how the schemes are perceived by experts in those countries. It looks at the partner countries themselves both at the challenges they face and pose, as well as how their citizens and elites view the EU's project. With different partners moving in different directions (Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova moving towards the EU, Azerbaijan moving somewhat away and Armenia and Belarus moving towards Russia),the publication suggests the time has come for a differentiated '3-1-2' approach to Eastern Partnership that recognises the countries have different priorities but that the EU retains similar goals.

Trouble in the Neighbourhood? contains contributions from: Tural Abbasov (Center for Economic and Social Development-CESD - Azerbaijan), Denis Cenusa (ExpertGrup - Moldova), Ana Dvali and Giorgi Kanashvili (Caucasian House - Georgia), Professor Rick Fawn (University of St Andrews ), Adam Hug (ed. Foreign Policy Centre) , Hrant Kostanyan (CEPS), Dr Kevork Oskanian, Dr Kataryna Wolczuk and Dr Rilka Dragneva-Lewers (University of Birmingham) and Dmytro Shulga (International Renaissance Foundation - Ukraine).

> FPC Briefing: Daesh, Geopolitics and the Resurgence of Pan Arabism?

FPC Research Associate Dr Simon Mabon and his colleague Lucia Ardovini analyse the response of key regional actors in the Middle East to the rising threat of daesh (ISIS/ISIL), looking at differing Iranian, Saudi and Egyptian approaches.