EuroMeSCo General Assembly and Annual Conference 2014

 

 

The Academic Secretariat of EuroMeSCo is pleased to announce that the next EuroMeSCo General Assembly and Annual Conference "Increasing Diversity in the Euro-Mediterranean Region" will be held in Barcelona on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2014.

 

 

 
EuroMeSCo Paper 21: Société civile au Maroc. Le grand malentendu.

This paper by Mohamed El Hachimi, Researcher at the Centre des Études et de Recherches en Sciences Sociales (CERSS, Morocco), examines the nature of Moroccan association movements and evaluates their contribution to the democratisation of the political system of the country. According to the author, the associative movement in Morocco is not able to play a key role for democratisation given its high degree of atomisation and depolitisation. The emergence of new extra-institutional social movements such as the 20th February movement can be seen as an attempt to overcome the deficit of powerful civil society structures. However, the author highlights that the literature on civil society movements has tended to overestimate the role of these organisations when confronted to the institutional mechanisms of state apparatuses. Read the paper here (in French).

 
The EuroMeSCo network, 7th best think tank network in the world

The EuroMeSCo network of research centres has been ranked as the seventh best network of think tanks in the world, as reflected by the University of Pennsylvania’s 2013 “Global Go-To Think Tanks Ranking”, recently presented. EuroMeSCo is currently formed by 99 research institutes and think tanks on politics and security in the Mediterranean, based in 33 countries from the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The 2013 “Global Go-To Think Tanks Ranking” can be consulted here

 
Report of the Kick Off Meeting "The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective"

On the occasion of the Annual Summit of the Strategic Studies Network (Bangkok, 23-25 February 2014), several EuroMeSCo researchers participated in the kick off meeting of the Working Group “The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective”. This group, lead by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) will involve over 20 EuroMeSCo researchers, who will work throughout the year with the aim of publishing a joint volume on comparative perspectives of the transitions in the Arab world.

 

The Working Group is structured around two main blocks: “Internal changes in transition processes: What priorities?” and “External actors and regional integration”. It consists of a total of 6 working packages, each of them lead by two EuroMeSCo researchers. The topics to be explored are: State building processes and reforms, security sector reform, the role of religion in transitional processes, socio-economic reforms, the role of the European Union in supporting democratic transitions in the Southern Mediterranean and regional integration.

 

See the report of the Working Group "The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective" here

 

See the report of the Annual Summit of the Strategic Studies Network here

 
Brief 54: What Are the Prospects for Success of the Peace Talks on Syria?

The United Nations Peace Conference on Syria is due to take place on 22nd January in Geneva. The Syrian Government and opposition will meet for the first time since the outbreak of the conflict in March 2011. Nevertheless, there are very few prospects of finding a satisfactory solution to end the conflict, writes Tiziana Trotta.

See the brief here

 
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