EuroMeSCo-SSN Joint Policy Study "The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective"

This publication is the product of the cooperation between two think tank networks, the Strategic Studies Network (SSN) and EuroMeSCo. Both SSN and EuroMeSCo have combined their efforts to produce policy-oriented analyses aimed at providing a better understanding of the democratic transformations in the Arab world and help regional and external policy-makers to devise better policies and support strategies.


The Working Group “The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective”, led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean and bringing together researchers from the SSN and EuroMeSCo was created at the SSN annual summit in Bangkok in February 2014. In a working session in Barcelona in December, the researchers had the occasion to discuss all the research outputs generated throughout the year. The results of the workshop have now been edited by the IEMed and are included in this publication, which is divided into five chapters: “State-Building Processes and Institutional Reforms”, “The Role of Religion in Transitional Processes”, “The Role of Socio-Economic Policies in Arab Spring Countries”, “A New Concept for a New Neighbourhood” and “EU´s Promotion of Regional and Sub-regional Economic Integration and Cooperation”.


See the Joint Policy Study here.

The European Commission will support the EuroMeSCo network

The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), together with 13 co-applicants and a pool of associated institutes from the EuroMeSCo network, has been awarded a grant from the European Commission to develop the action “Euro-Mediterranean Political Research and Dialogue for Inclusive Policymaking Processes and Dissemination through Network Participation”. The action will be co-funded by the European Commission and the IEMed throughout its 4 years of implementation, beginning on 1st March 2015.


The aim of the action is to reinforce dialogue, political research and studies on key issues and trends of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. The action will consist of a wide range of research, dialogue and dissemination activities, which will promote interaction between researchers, civil society stakeholders and policy-makers and will raise public awareness on Euro-Mediterranean issues.

The EuroMeSCo network ranked again 7th best think tank network in the world

We are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row the EuroMeSCo has been ranked 7th in the category of the best think tank network, according to the University of Pennsylvania´s 2014 “Global Go To Think Tanks Ranking”.


The 2014 “Global Go-To Think Tanks Ranking” can be consulted here.

EuroMeSCo Paper 23: From Policies to Politics: The European Union as an International Mediator in the Mediterranean

This paper by Pol Morillas analyses the performance of the European Union (EU) as an effective mediator in its southern neighbourhood, with a particular emphasis on Egypt and the period of transition from the presidency of Mohammed Morsi to Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi.

Despite an initial focus on policy reform, the EU has shifted its approach into a more political response, both as a consequence of the developments on the ground and a renewed interest in mediation initiatives by EU authorities. The EU’s mediation efforts coincided with the last months in office of the former EU High Representative and the EUSR for the Southern Mediterranean.

The paper analyses the conditions that have contributed to the success and failure of the EU’s mediation efforts, taking into account that the current high political stakes in the region have often prevented the EU from playing a more political role, precisely at a time when it decided to transform its policy oriented approach into a more robust political contribution to the Southern Mediterranean transitions.

Read the paper here

Workshop “The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective”, Barcelona, 19th December

The lead researchers of the Working Group “The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective” participated in a workshop organised by the IEMed, EuroMeSCo and Strategic Studies Network (SSN) to present and discuss the research outputs of five working packages:  State Building Processes and Reforms and Security Sector Reform; The role of religion in transitional processes; Socio-economic reforms in transitional processes; The role of the European Union in supporting democratic transitions in the Southern Mediterranean and Regional integration.

The final papers produced by the researchers from the EuroMeSCo network will be included in a joint publication, aiming to provide better understanding of the political transformations in the Arab Spring countries.


See the programme of the workshop here.

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