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Outward to the World - How the left's foreign policy can face the future

FES London and Fabian Society (Edt., December 2015): With Russia flexing its muscles, Isis a rising threat and a refugee crisis caused by failed states and civil war, international affairs are at the top of the political agenda. But the left’s foreign policy debate has been defined more by the battles of the past than the challenges of the future. It is more important than ever that the left sets out a forward–looking vision of Britain’s role in the world. ‘Outward to the World’, published in co-operation with the Fabian Society, maps out a practical but progressive foreign policy from first principles, developing the building blocks of a practical idealism: a new account of globalisation, a reinvention of the European security order, a political vision for de-escalation in the Middle East, a different account of what multilateralism...


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British-German Dialogue on Security and Defence Policy

Sarah Lain (December 2015): On 30 November 2015, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted a day-long workshop aimed at bringing together leading German and British security specialists as well as members of the UK Parliament and Bundestag to discuss key aspects of European security. The day’s events covered three sessions: European defence, as seen from Berlin and London; the migration crisis; and a review of European security relations with Russia. This report summarizes the policy recommendations that derived from the discussions during the day.


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ICE and Voice 10 years on - The Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations in the UK and Europe

Joe Dromey (November 2015): Both voice and consultation have been shown to be linked to numerous positive outcomes for employees as well as employers, according to the recently published report “ICE and Voice 10 years on” by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London and the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA). The publication focuses on the Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations, deriving from an EU-directive introduced in the UK in April 2005.


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Who's breadwinning in Europe? A comparative Analysis of Maternal Breadwinning in Great Britain and Germany

Giselle Cory and Alfie Stirling (October 2015): Traditional ideas of gender roles and the labour market participation of women have been changing in the last decades. Moreover, trends in earnings and living costs have necessitated dual-earning in couple households. In fact, 31.4 per cent of mothers in working families across Europe are breadwinners, earning more than 50 per cent of a family’s income, as this new report by FES London and IPPR shows. However, different attitudes in family and public policies result in varying characteristics, opportunities and challenges. Policies in both countries need to keep up with these changing family structures and ensure that all families are supported to balance work and care.


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Tax for our Times: How the Left can reinvent taxation

Daisy-Rose Srblin (Edt., July 2015): This collection of essays, published by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London and the Fabian Society, explores how the left can reimagine a tax system for modern times, more progressive, more transparent and more efficient, and helps to shape a fairer society and a more productive economy. In a globalised world, taxation is no longer an issue within national borders alone. This is why the collection draws on international comparisons throughout. Importantly, it considers how to bring the public into conversation. Tax reform should neither be locked away by politicians from public view, nor left to the expert few: it needs to be put back in the hands of many.


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What role for the private sector in European Foreign and Security Policy?

The private sector is an intrinsic part of the ecology of conflict-affected societies, through its implication in dense networks of external and local actors, combined with practices which directly affect the security of individuals and groups in the everyday. In contrast to the prevailing liberal peace view in which business is framed as an indispensable component of macro-economic reforms, and a mechanism for peace and transition through building free-market democracies, the paper uses empirical examples from the Balkans, Middle East and Central America to show that the supposed benefits of corporate involvement in conflict and transition environments are mitigated by a human security perspective in which the impacts on vulnerable individuals and societies are often perverse and contradictory.


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Cybersecurity: a case for a European approach

Everyday civilian and military activities have become highly dependent on cyberspace. This creates new vulnerabilities both to accidents and to intentional threats. Malevolent individuals and organisations may, without any physical presence, infiltrate all possible networks, including the most sensitive ones. Every individual as well as governmental, non-governmental and business organisation may be targeted. Hence the growing concern for cybersecurity, which reflects the changes taking place in broader approaches to security - from the security of nations and territories to the security of individuals and communities.


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Libya: security, economic development and political reform

Given Libya's everyday anarchy and violence, there is a strong temptation to take a “security first” approach. Yet this would repeat a principal weakness of European policy between the fall of Gaddafi and the start of the civil war. After 2011, European policy in Libya was based upon heavy doses of “local ownership”, in reaction to the failures of the top-down approach in Iraq. This ran up against the limited capacity of the Libyan government to assess its needs, let alone to devise overall policies for which to request international assistance.


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EU Approaches to Justice in Conflict and Transition

This paper examines EU approaches to justice for gross human rights violations in conflict- affected environments. It starts with a discussion of the significance of justice from a human security perspective and emphasises how a spectrum of abuse and criminality – human rights abuse, organised crime, corruption – is at the heart of today’s conflicts. The paper then assesses

EU justice policies and practices in relation to three human security principles: the primacy of human rights, a bottom-up approach and a regional approach.


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EU Policies in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Try and Fail?

This paper argues that even though EU policies in the DRC integrated different components of human security – namely human rights protection, the restoration of law and order, and effective multilateralism – in practice these policies have had mixed success in realizing the objective of human security. This can be explained by three main reasons: (i) EU policies are based on a number of premises about how peace and human security can best be achieved, but these premises are overly simplistic, and in most cases tend to overlook or are disconnected from complexities on the ground; (ii) since the end of the transition in 2006, the EU saw its influence as dominant diplomatic and conflict management actor gradually weakening, and has focused on its role as a development actor, with a specific focus on the implementation of technical projects...


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