2 - 3 October 2014 Increasing Diversity in the Euro-Mediterranean Region?
  • 2 - 3 October 2014
  • Tarragona

The EuroMeSCo network held its Annual Conference and General Assembly on 2-3 October 2014 in Tarragona. The event gathered more than 90 participants from 25 Euro-Mediterranean countries, including policy-makers and experts from 60 research institutes on politics and security in the Mediterranean.

The conference analysed the opportunities and challenges resulting from the growing fragmentation and diversity in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The sessions explored the role of internal and external actors in regional conflicts and in supporting democratic transitions. The experts also focused on the current state of political reforms and analysed the factors behind continuity and change of the regional political systems. They also explored the role of the EU in the Mediterranean region and put forward a series of policy recommendations to enhance the EU´s leverage and the impact of its policies.

Agenda


day one

Welcome remarks

Josep Fèlix Ballesteros Mayor of Tarragona
Hughes Mingarelli Managing Director for North Africa, Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran and Iraq, European External Action Service

Opening Session

The Ever More Complex Mediterranean: National conflicts and democratic transitions
Hughes Mingarelli Managing Director for North Africa, Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran and Iraq, European External Action Service
Lina Khatib Director, Carnegie Middle East Centre
Bahgat Korany Professor, American University in Cairo

day two

Plenary Session

Geopolitical transformations in the Mediterranean: transnational politics and external actors

Plenary Session

Euro-Mediterranean politics and the challenge of regional diversity and fragmentation
Gabriel Busquets Ambassador, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Brahim Fassi Fihri President, Institut Amadeus
Claire Spencer Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Richard Youngs Senior Associate, Carnegie Europe

Final remarks

Josep Anton Ferré Rector, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona
George Saliba Special Representative of the Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean