EuroMeSCo General Assembly and Annual Conference 2015

 

The Academic Secretariat of EuroMeSCo is pleased to announce that the next EuroMeSCo General Assembly and Annual Conference will take place on 8-9 October 2015 in Milan. The event will be organised in partnership with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).

 

The Conference will analyse the current relations between the EU and its Southern Mediterranean partner countries and reflect on new perspectives and means for a greater and more effective cooperation in three areas: political and security, socio-economic and social, human and cultural area.

 

See the schedule of the annual meetings here

 

 
EuroMeSCo Paper 24: Les transformations géopolitiques dans la région MENA : Les dynamiques structurantes

 

This paper by Fouad M. Ammor analyses the geopolitical transformations in the MENA region through a multidimensional approach, by calling on: the recent history of the Euro-Mediterranean region; geostrategic challenges where it is not always easy to decide between interests and principles, discourse and action; and on going back to facts, in their descriptive and analytical outline. The author goes beyond the day-to-day analysis of the regional events while he tries to understand the structural dynamics and their underlining causes. The paper is divided into four parts on the following issues: oil wealth in the MENA region, the role of Israel in the Euro-Mediterranean area, modernisation crisis and human security in the light of the Arab present.


Read the paper here (in French).

 
Kick-off meeting of the EuroMeSCo Project

The kick-off meeting of the EuroMeSCo Project took place on the 20th of April in Brussels. The meeting was attended by members of the consortium and representatives of the European Commission.

 

During the meeting, the participants discussed the topics of the Research Groups to be developed in the first year of the Project, as well as possible themes of the next EuroMeSCo Annual Conference. The three final Research Groups selected for the first year of the Project are: Research Group on Security Threats in the Euro-Mediterranean region, led by Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (Egypt); Research Group on Youth Activism in the Mediterranean, led by Istituto Affari Internazionali (Italy); and Research Group on Migration, led by Center for Strategic Studies (Jordan).


See the minutes of the kick-off meeting here.

 
EuroMeSCo Paper 25: The Tunisian Transition: Torn Between Democratic Consolidation and Neo-Conservatism in an Insecure Regional Context

The paper by Isabel Schäfer assesses the different phases and achievements of the transition process in Tunisa before looking at the challenges, difficulties and future perspectives. The newly emerging Tunisian political system is analysed in the context of the current developments in the wider MENA region. This paper considers the Tunisian transition as a very particular and unique case, and not as a “model”. Compared to other states in the MENA region, it is the only country where a comprehensive process of democratic consolidation is taking place so far. The hitherto success of the Tunisian transition results from a particular constellation of different factors, suggesting that the perspectives for a long-term democratic transformation process look positive but the challenges remain multifaceted.

 

Read the paper here

 
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.

 
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