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12 May 2021 | Publications

An Evaluation of Switzerland becoming a Participating State of the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism

Disasters know no political and geographical borders. Extreme events – be they natural, social, or technical, often have transboundary effects and may overwhelm national response capacities. International assistance can therefore play a crucial role in saving lives, livelihoods, and assets in disasters. Tapping into transnational expertise and lessons learnt can also be key to improving national preparedness and resilience levels in the face of current and emerging hazards. In 2001, the EU created the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) as part of the Directorate-​General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, with the aim of strengthening cross-​border collaboration in disaster preparedness, risk assessment, and emergency response in Europe and beyond. Participation in the UCPM is also possible for non-​EU countries, who pay an annual fee in return for full access to its services. This report provides an independent evaluation of the benefits, costs, opportunities, and risks for Switzerland in becoming a Participating State of the UCPM.

6 May 2021 | Publications

Russian Analytical Digest No 268: The State of the Russian Economy

This issue provides an overview of the state of the Russian economy. In eight shorter contributions international experts discuss the longer-​term trajectories of the Russian economy and assess the impact of Western sanctions and the Covid-​19 pandemic. Separate contributions look at the real sector of the economy and agriculture. The financial sector features prominently in several contributions. Finally, based on an assessment of past trends several contributions provide an outlook for Russia’s socio-​economic development. At the end of the issue there is a section with graphs illustrating the development of major macro-​economic indicators over the last 25 years.

Mar 2021 | Publications

No 120, Caucasus Analytical Digest: Renewable Energy in the South Caucasus

This issue deals with renewable energy in the South Caucasus. Firstly, Agha Bayramov looks at Azerbaijan’s renewable energy developments. Secondly, Mary Keogh predicts that the development of indigenous renewable resources will play a key role in bolstering Armenia’s energy security, in particular limiting reliance on Russia, and explores the contribution of renewable energy to Armenian energy security, focusing on the opportunities made available by cooperation with external actors on renewable energy initiatives. Thirdly, Tracey German assesses the contribution that hydropower makes to Georgia’s energy mix, detailing the lessons that can be drawn from the Georgian experience about the demands of balancing electricity needs against environmental and social costs.

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