A New Mediterranean Political Landscape? The Arab Spring and Euro-Mediterranean Relations

6 - 7 October 2011

The Arab Spring has placed the Mediterranean region at the centre of the international agenda. The popular uprisings that originated in Tunisia soon expanded to other countries acquiring a regional dimension. The Southern Mediterranean may be today entering a post-revolutionary phase. The focus should now be put on what is next: democratisation processes or a return to authoritarianism.

Those issues were addressed at the EuroMeSCo Annual Conference 2011, which gathered over 120 participants, including researchers from the network and policy and decision makers from the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The Plenary Sessions explored the political, social and economic roots of the Arab Spring, as well as the development of the uprisings and the diverging paths they followed. The successful examples of democratic transitions in Southern and Eastern Europe were also brought forward in order to provide the countries with some lessons offered by those transformations, despite the specificity of each case. Lastly, Plenary Sessions explored the geopolitical implications of the Arab Spring and reflected on the agenda for the future of Euro-Mediterranean relations.


day one

opening session

Juan González-Barba Director of Foreign Policy for the Mediterranean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Andreu Bassols Director General European Institute of the Mediterranean

opening speech

Youssef Amrani Secretary General Union for the Mediterranean

plenary session

The Crisis of the Authoritarian System in the Mediterranean Arab World: Political, Social and Economic Roots of the Arab Spring
chair Juan José Escobar Ambassador for Mediterranean Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Nadine Sika Assistant Professor American University of Cairo
Mansouria Mokhefi Head of the Middle East and Maghreb Programme Institut francais des relations internationales
Musa Shteiwi Director Centre for Strategic Studies

plenary session

Revolutions, Reforms and Repression: The Diverging Paths of the Arab Spring

day two

plenary session

Democratic Transitions: The Road Ahead
chair Alberto Aza Ambassador
Silhem Bensedrine Spokesperson Conseil national pour les libertés
Antoni Segura Professor Universidad de Barcelona
Patrycja Sasnal Head of Middle East and North Africa Project PISM – The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Mensur Akgün Director, Professor of International Relations GPoT – Global Political Trends Center

Closing session

The Arab Spring and Euro-Mediterranean Relations: What Agenda for the Future?
chair Nabil Adghoghi Director General for Bilateral Relations Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco
Ibrahim Saif Senior Associate Expert Carnegie Middle East Centre
Erwan Lannon Professor Ghent University
Hassan Abouyoub Ambassador
Samir Radwan Former Minister of Finance, Egypt
Denis Huber Executive Director North-South Centre, Council of Europe
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