|Regional Security Challenges|
8 June 2006Research WorkshopIAI, Rome, Italy
EuroMeSCo in collaboration with the Institute of International Affairs (IAI) organized a research seminar on “Regional security challenges” that took place at the IAI in Rome on 8 June 2006. The aim of the research seminar was to discuss the preliminary results of three EuroMeSCo research projects which fall under the general topic of ‘regional security challenges’.
The first session on “Domestic change and conflict resolution in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership: the Israel-Palestine and the Syria-Lebanon conflicts”, a project conducted by the International Affairs Institute (IAI) of Rome and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) of Beirut, was introduced by Daniela Pioppi (IAI, Rome), Nathalie Tocci (EUI, Florence) and Karam Karam (LCPS, Beirut). Their presentation focused on the analysis of the domestic incentive structures of conflict in the three cases of Israel, Palestine and Lebanon and on the impact of external policies (mainly of the EU) on them.
Emily Landau (JCSS; Tel Aviv) and Fouad Ammor (GERM, Rabat) kicked off the second session on “Regional security and cooperation in the South: exploring the neglected dimension of Barcelona”. After having outlined the project rationale which aims at exploring why regional (South-South) cooperation on security has been extremely limited in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, they argued that their research results show that the commonly used explanation that regional endeavours in the political-security realm have not advanced due to the Middle East conflict is over-simplistic and needs to be questioned.
The third session was introduced by Yasar Qatarneh (RCCP, Amman) and Gunilla Herolf (SIIA, Stockholm) and focused on “Ownership and co-ownership in conflict prevention within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership”. The two speakers explained why common conflict prevention approaches failed to materialise in the framework of the Barcelona Process and offered some suggestions destined to make joint conflict prevention approaches in the context of the EMP, as well as in the emerging ENP, more feasible and efficient.
The discussion benefited also from the intervention of Muhammad Salman (University of Cairo) and Reinhardt Rummel (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik - Berlin), who are both contributing chapters to two reports.