Dialogue Workshop “Future of Syria”, 10 October, Istanbul

In the framework of the EuroMeSCo ENI Project, the Global Political Trends Center organises a workshop on 10 October in Istanbul, whose aim is to present and discuss with policy makers, academics, researchers and practitioners of various fields, preliminary research results of the research group on the future of Syria. The workshop will be structured along four main topics: national reconciliation and protection of minorities; military, security and counter-terrorism; state-building; and peace-keeping, reconstruction and development.

 

 
EuroMeSCo Joint Policy Study 4: Migrants and Refugees. Impact and Policies. Case Studies of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece

Unsolved conflicts in the Middle East, demographic changes and unfavourable socio-economic situation in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean produced migrants and refugees flows on unprecedented scale. This volume examines the socio-economic impact of those flows and policy responses, focusing on four case studies: Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece.


The first chapter provides with a general picture and introduces some qualitative and quantitative data of the flows. The following two chapters examine issues related to social and economic integration in three southern Mediterranean countries receiving the biggest number of refugees: Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The last chapter focuses on Greece, the main gate for migrants and refugees entering Europe, giving insights into asylum procedures in Greece, but also, for comparative purposes, in Italy.


The Joint Policy Study is the outcome of the Working Package on “Migrants and Refugees. Impact and Policies”, led by the Center for Strategic Studies – University of Jordan, in the framework for the EuroMeSCo ENI Project, co-financed by the European Union and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed).

 

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EuroMeSCo Paper 29: Reality Check: Why the EU Needs to Rethink its Neighbourhood Policy

Euro-Mediterranean relations have been shaped by the EU’s neo-functionalist approach to pacify, stabilise and govern the Mediterranean region through the expansion of its own norms, laws and standards and the integration of sectors. Trade liberalisation based on neoliberal considerations has been at the core of the economic development policies promoted by the EU. After the Arab uprisings, the ENP has been still trapped in neoliberal paradigms and the idea that Europe’s experiences are a lesson for all. Expert analyses as well as the policies and instruments developed have exclusively focused on elites and formal institutions and have largely ignored the vast sphere of informality which has emerged and infused all sectors of life. This paper focuses on informality as a central element of neo-authoritarian governmentality. It suggests that policies towards the southern neighbourhood need to re-evaluate the effects of neoliberal reforms, include informal relations on all levels of state and society into its policy considerations and rethink the indicators measuring change and development.


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EuroMeSCo Policy Brief 65: The Trust Fund for Africa: A Preliminary Assessment

In its attempt to curb irregular immigration the EU has deployed a number of policies and instruments.  One of them is the “Trust Fund for Africa”, adopted during the EU-Africa Summit and informal Council meeting, which took place in Malta’s capital Valletta in November 2015. This brief provides an account of the context which led to Valletta Summit, the setting up of the fund, its main objectives, legal basis and resources. It refers to some of the key controversies around it and also the first batch of projects adopted up to mid-2016.

 

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EuroMeSCo Policy Brief 64: This is (Not) Rocket Science: Using Space-Based Solutions for More Sustainable Management of Water Resources in Jordan

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is one of the most water scarce countries in the world. The constant growth of its resident refugee community, the high native population growth, and climate changes are further depleting its already limited water reserves. The present paper discusses the results of a study aimed at solving Jordan’s water-related problems using space-based technologies. It presents suggestions for the successful implementation of the proposed solutions, identifying the possible bottlenecks and obstacles on both the legislative and technical, as well as socio-economic ends, and presents ways the proposed undertakings would benefit the country.

 

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