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Research Workshop "Dealing with Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area after Barcelona 10"
In the framework of its research programme 2006/2007, EuroMeSCo held a research workshop on "Dealing with Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area after Barcelona 10", on 28-29 June at the Tivoli Hotel in Lisbon.
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Transitions to Democracy and the Palestinians
 This volume, edited by Tuomo Melasuo and Anitta Kynsilehto and written mostly by Palestinian scholars, is the result of a research collaboration between Muwatin, the Palestinian Institute for Study of Democracy, Ramallah, and the TAPRI Mediterranean Studies Project, Tampere. As the international media has become increasingly interested in religious and cultural aspects as potential explanatory factors of the crises affecting the southern Mediterranean and the wider international system, this book argues that it is of great importance to put the emphasis on political evolution. According to the authors, external pressure may have counterproductive effects with respect to democratic development, to the extent that it has the potential to impede or even destroy democratisation efforts.

 
Conceptualizing Cultural and Social Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean Area
 Previously published as a special issue of "Mediterranean Politics," this collection (London: Routledge, 2007), edited by Michelle Pace (University of Birmingham) and Tobias Schumacher (IEEI, Lisbon), critically analyzes the dynamics and complexities of the wider Euro-Mediterranean area on the basis of individual theory-informed designs and conceptual frameworks. Since the predominant focus has been on the first (political and security partnership) and the second baskets (economic and financial partnership) of the Barcelona Process, the contributors analyze social and cultural issues (the third basket of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership), drawing upon linkages between concepts, structures and policy outcomes. Some chapters focus on the impact of the EU's actor capability in the area of EU policies towards the South in enhancing interregional dialogue, understanding and cultural cooperation. Others focus on a critical discourse analysis of dialogue, identity, power, human rights and civil society (including Western and non-Western conceptions). Finally, the volume culminates with a discussion on cultural democracy in Euro-Mediterranean relations.
 
EuroMeSCo 2007 Annual Conference 2nd Preparatory Meeting "Civil Society, Human Rights and Democracy"
The EuroMeSCo Secretariat, in collaboration with the Arab Center for Development and Futuristic Research (ACDFR) and with the support of the European Commission, organised a seminar on "Civil Society, Human Rights and Democracy" in the Mashreq region, on 26-28 April 2007 in Alexandria, Egypt.
This seminar acted as a preparatory meeting for the EuroMeSCo Annual Conference 2007 on the issue of "A Common Agenda Against Intolerance: Human Rights as a Shared Concern" that took place on 3-4 October 2007 in Lisbon during the Portuguese EU Presidency.

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