Monthly Archives: September 2012

3rd Arab-Latino Summit in Lima – Out of the comfort zone

Since then, things have changed

In 2005, Brazilian President Lula initiated the first Summit of South America and Arab countries (ASPA) in Brasilia in an attempt to create a strategic South-South alliance for international development, justice and peace. This was followed by the Doha ASPA Summit in 2009. We are today on the eve of the 3rd session in Lima, Peru on October 1-2. 21 members from the Arab League and 11 from the Union of South American Nations, the Unasur (Syria and Paraguay are suspended from their organizations) will attend. Continue reading

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NGC’s Publication in Les Carnets de l’Ifpo

NGC and the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO), a unique research center based in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, have started an informal collaboration to debate and share knowledge and analysis on the Middle East.

The IFPO is a French public research institution gathering researchers in three different departments: Contemporary Studies, Arab Medieval and Modern Studies, Archeology and History of Antiquity.

In this context, the IFPO published in its latest electronic issue NGC’s article on the Syrian crisis seen from South America (Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina). Continue reading

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Empower the Free Syrian Army

“We ask the inhabitants of March to save us from the people of Earth” , a plea from the people of Dael in Daraa, Syria, 12 Juillet 2012

Over the past 18 months of the Syrian conflict, experts had plenty of time to discuss options for international action in Syria, including:

1.  A UN peace-keeping mission

2. A buffer zone in Syria

3. A no-fly zone

4. Arming the Free Syrian Army Continue reading

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