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 Tarragona on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2014.

 

See the schedule of the annual meetings here.

See the programme of the Annual Conference here.

 
EuroMeSCo Paper 22: Winning to Lose: The State´s Unsustainable Counterrevolutionary Comeback in Egypt

The paper by Ibrahim El Houdaiby analyses the challenges posed to the Egyptian modern state from its emergence until today. None of the revolutionary waves before 2011 were able to dismantle the fundamental features of elitism, authoritarian guardianship and violence predominating the Egyptian political scene. The 2011 revolution brought the opportunity to challenge the state´s model of governance but three years later many argue that the Egyptian state has succeeded to absorb the revolutionary shocks and has ensured a successful comeback. However, according to the author a deeper scrutiny suggests that the recent developments have resulted in political stagnation, deterioration of the economic situation and bureaucratic failures. El Houdaiby concludes that, in order to secure the survival of the Egyptian state, the new regime needs to embark on a profound reform process, which will alter the very foundations of the current political regime. Read the paper here.

 
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).

 
EuroMeSCo participates in a conference on political transitions in Morocco

EuroMeSCo and the IEMed participate in the organisation of the conference "Oppositions and Transitions in the Arab World Post 2011", which will be held on 11-12 November in Agadir. The conference is organised in cooperation with the EuroMeSCo members Centre d´Etudes et de Recherche en Science Sociales (CERSS) and Arab Reform Initiative, together with the Ibn Zohr University, Centre Jacques Berque and the Hanns Seidel Stiftung.


See the draft programme of the conference here.

 

 
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

 
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