EuroMeSCo contributes to the EU Global Strategy


The EuroMeSCo Annual Conference "Towards a Security Architecture for the Mediterranean", held on 14-15 April in Brussels, aimed at contributing to the debate in the final stretch before the release of the EU Global Strategy.


The EuroMeSCo contribution, gathering the outstanding points of the Conference, can be accessed on the EU Global Strategy website


Full report from the Conference can be accessed here

EuroMeSCo Policy Brief 63: Countering Violent Extremism in the MENA Region: Time to Rethink Approaches and Strategies. By Moussa Bourekba

The foreign fighters (FFs) phenomenon affecting MENA countries is unprecedented in its scale and pace. While most MENA countries have adopted “hard” strategies based on security-focused approaches, countering violent extremism (CVE) also requires the use of “soft” strategies stemming from multidimensional approaches. This means turning the current short-term strategy into a long-term strategy addressing the roots of violent extremism.


Read the Brief here

EuroMeSCo General Assembly and Annual Conference 2016

The 2016 EuroMeSCo General Assembly and Annual Conference took place at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on 13-15 April 2016. The event, co-organised with EGMONT - The Royal Institute for International Relations, gathered 150 recognised experts and policy-makers to debate the current security situation in the region and reflect on ingredients, formats, stakeholders and actions for a greater and more effective cooperation to address security challenges. The aim of the Conference was to contribute to the debate in the final stretch before the release of the EU Global Strategy.


EuroMeSCo network welcomes six new Members

The 2016 EuroMeSCo General Assembly, held in Brussels on 13 April, saw the entry into the network of six new institutes. EuroMeSCo would like to welcome its new members:

  • Carnegie Europe, Belgium;
  • Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies – ORSAM, Turkey;
  • Center of Arab Women for Training and Research – CAWTAR, Tunisia;
  • Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Societies – ISSM, Italy;
  • Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary;
  • OCP Policy Center, Morocco
EuroMeSCo Policy Brief 62: The Migration Crisis: Issue or Opportunity? By Anna Di Bartolomeo

The ongoing refugee crisis is the most acute political and policy challenge the EU and its neighbouring countries have been facing lately. The scale of the crisis increased in the course of 2014 and reached a peak in 2015. With a focus on Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain, this brief contends that the EU policies have been inadequate in addressing the magnitude of the crisis. Thus, it recommends some options that the EU could consider such as better recognizing the economic and demographic need of migrants, opening more regular channels of migration to the EU, managing migration flows at origin, pursuing rationale and long-term integration policies, enhancing migrants’ resources and strengthening cooperation programmes with origin countries.


Read the Brief here

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