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Passage au crible

A short Critical Analysis of International Current Affairs


The intention of the critical analysis reports Passage au crible on international current affairs is to encapsulate and clarify the mechanisms of world affairs. Using a transnational approach, the reports are delivered in a concise and educational format each week proposing: 1) A brief and factual reconstruction of a significant event; 2) Historical context; 3) A theoretical framework which gives the non-specialist, with an interest in international relations, access to an approach which goes further than the simple empirical descriptive approach. 4) A specialist’s analysis; 5) A short bibliography providing key references – official documents, books, articles – by recognised specialists on the matter.

PAC 151 – The Inertia of the Climate Arena The 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, November 7-19, 2016 in Marrakesh

PAC 151 – The Inertia of the Climate Arena The 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, November 7-19, 2016 in Marrakesh

By Simon Uzenat. Translation: Lea Sharkey

The 22nd CoP (Conference of the Parties) to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) was held in Marrakesh from November 7 to 19, 2016. More than 22000 participants gathered – 40% less than for the Paris Conference – with nearly 16000 governmental representatives, more than 5000 representatives of UN organisations, IGOs (Intergovernmental organisations) and NGOs (-50%), and 1200 media representatives (-66%)…

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PAC 149 – The Famous Traders of Philanthrocapitalism The Clinton Foundation Controversy

PAC 149 – The Famous Traders of Philanthrocapitalism The Clinton Foundation Controversy

Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US Presidential elections marks the end of a particularly fierce and conflictual electoral campaign. As a matter of fact, the campaign of its rival Hillary Clinton has been stained with various controversies, such as the email affair – related to the use of a private mailbox server when she led the US State Department…

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PAC 147 – A Partial Reconfiguration of the Climate Arena The First Climate Chance Summit for Non-state Actors, Nantes, November 26-28, 2016

PAC 147 – A Partial Reconfiguration of the Climate Arena The First Climate Chance Summit for Non-state Actors, Nantes, November 26-28, 2016

By Simon Uzenat. Translation: Lea Sharkey

On October 5, 2016, the conditions have been reunited to bring the Paris Agreement into force, as it has been ratified by at least 55 countries accounting for an estimated 55% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions. Thirty days later, on November 4, 2016, the Paris Agreement is made effective…

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PAC 146 – Countering Illegal Fishing: the Failures of a Normative Framework The African Union Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development,  Lomé, Oct. 10-15. 2016

PAC 146 – Countering Illegal Fishing: the Failures of a Normative Framework The African Union Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development, Lomé, Oct. 10-15. 2016

By Valérie Le Brenne. Translation: Lea Sharkey

From October 10 to 15 2016, the African Union Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development took place in Lomé (Togo). At the end of the meeting, thirty-one States adopted a charter to combat maritime piracy and IUU fishing (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing)…

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PAC 145 – Tunisia to Bear the Brunt of the Free Trade Model The Asymmetric ALECA Project between the European Union and Tunisia

PAC 145 – Tunisia to Bear the Brunt of the Free Trade Model The Asymmetric ALECA Project between the European Union and Tunisia

By Moustafa Benberrah. Translation: Lea Sharkey

On September 14, 2016, was held the second meeting of the EU-Tunisia Joint Parliamentary Committee. At the end of the meeting, a non-binding resolution was adopted, advising European institutions to set up a « Marshall Plan »…

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PAC 143 – The WTO Stalled by Multilateralism The Tenth Ministerial Conference, Nairobi, December 15-19, 2015

PAC 143 – The WTO Stalled by Multilateralism The Tenth Ministerial Conference, Nairobi, December 15-19, 2015

By Valérie Le Brenne. Translation: Lea Sharkey

The WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from December 15 to 19, 2015. On this occasion, the organisation welcomed a new member, Afghanistan, increasing the number of member States to 163. The meeting culminated in the adoption of six measures on agriculture, cotton and issues related to least-developed countries (LDCs).

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PAC 141 – A Political Ambition without Legal Constraints The COP21 Outcomes

PAC 141 – A Political Ambition without Legal Constraints The COP21 Outcomes

By Weiting Chao. Translation: Lea Sharkey

The Paris Climate Conference (COP21) opened in Le Bourget on November 30, 2015. The conference reunited 147 State Leaders, negotiators representing 195 countries and 50 000 participants. On December 12, a global agreement replacing the Kyoto Protocol has been adopted…

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PAC 140 – Striking the West by Attacking Burkina Faso The Ouagadougou Attacks on January 16th, 2016

PAC 140 – Striking the West by Attacking Burkina Faso The Ouagadougou Attacks on January 16th, 2016

By Philippe Hugon. Translation: Lea Sharkey
Originally a hallmark of democratic transition, Burkina Faso was hit by major attacks in Ouagadougou, on Friday 16th, January 2016, resulting in at least 30 killed of more than 14 nationalities. These attacks took place two months after the Bamako attacks at the Radisson Blu Hotel…

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PAC 138 – Oceans Issues: a Marginal Priority The Restricted Scope of COP21

PAC 138 – Oceans Issues: a Marginal Priority The Restricted Scope of COP21

By Valérie Le Brenne. Translation: Lea Sharkey

From November 30 to December 11, 2015, the 21st Convention of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21). Following intense talks, the negotiators compromised on a 40 pages agreement, aiming to restrict the global warming to 2 degrees Celsius…

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