9 October 2023
Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain


The evolving global landscape has significantly impacted conflicts and conflict resolution in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Shifting power dynamics, emerging conflicts, and influential actors have strained traditional alliances, leading to heightened competition for resources and influence. These conflicts now incorporate cyber warfare and disinformation campaigns, and technology plays a pivotal role in shaping new conflict resolution mechanisms, with external powers like China mediating and groundbreaking agreements emerging in places like Lebanon and Israel. Amid these shifts, the VI Euromed Young Researchers Forum seeks to explore novel conflicts and young people’s innovative contributions to conflict resolution, fostering interdisciplinary dialogue on peacebuilding in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

During this year’s Forum, 30 participants from across the Mediterranean and its neighbouring regions will meet in Madrid, Spain. The Euromed Young Researchers Forum is part of the Euromed Young Researchers Lab, an initiative that aims to boost the research capacities of young experts across the Mediterranean, give visibility and recognition to their work, strengthen exchanges and stimulate research on issues of common interest.

This event will be held back to back with the EuroMeSCo Annual Conference.





09:00 - 09:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Karim Hauser Head of Culture and International Relations, Casa Árabe
Jenny Gilbert EuroMeSCo Programme Manager IEMed - European Institute of the Mediterranean

09:15 - 11:00 Working session 1 – Exploring Conflicts in the Euro Mediterranean Region: New Approaches and Strategies

This Working Session will examine conflict resolution and geopolitical dynamics in the MENA region, looking at Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in conflict resolution and democracy support, and the role of the EU. Additionally, the session will explore youth perspectives on peace and conflict in the intra-Kurdish ethnic conflict, as well as the complexities of proxy wars in the case of Libya, advocating for new conflict resolution approaches that are decolonised, human rights-based and that actively involve youth and civil society. This Working Session will also evaluate the effectiveness of crisis management policies and mechanisms of the EU and NATO in the Mediterranean region. Energy resources in the context of Eastern Mediterranean on the Cyprus conflict will be analysed, exploring how this dimension affects the region's stability.
Moderator: Sara Nowacka Analyst Middle East and Africa Program The Polish Institute of International Affairs – PISM
Valentina Gruarin Junior Researcher Austrian Institute for International Affairs – OIIP
Mehmet Ilhanli Co-Director Young Peacebuilders of Turkey
Brahim Ramli Project Manager VJW International.
Natália Tkáčová Project Coordinator Prague Security Studies Institute – PSSI
Discussant: Lina Khatib Director of the Middle East Institute, SOAS University of London

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00 Working session 2 – Shaping Peace in the Euro-Mediterranean: Unravelling the Role of Youth in Conflict Resolution

This Working Session will focus on exploring and discussing the significant role of young people in understanding and addressing emerging conflicts in the Euro-Mediterranean region. It will analyse the critical role youth play in promoting sustainable peace in fragile and conflict affected countries, how youth-centred feminist activism can be fostered for inclusive conflict resolution and how the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda can be fostered within the European framework. The Working Session will also delve into the potential of social media as a peace-building tool, as well as on the role of Erasmus+ as a platform for peace.
Moderator: Francesco Schiavi Associate Research Assistant for the MENA Centre Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale – ISPI
Aya Badr PhD Candidate Cairo University.
Reef Itzhaki Government and External Relations Coordinator The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies – MITVIM
Mariam Mecky Independent Researcher
Jusaima Moaid-Azm Peregrina PhD Candidate in Political Science University of Granada.
Abdullatif Sleibi Senior Data Analyst & Project Officer PAX for Peace
Discussant: Camille Limon Coordinator Diplomeds – The Council for Mediterranean Diplomacy

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 16:00 Parallel Training Session: Think Tank and Track II Diplomacy

Lina Khatib Director of the Middle East Institute SOAS, University of London

14:00 - 16:00 Parallel Training Session: Conducting Fieldwork in times of crisis

16:00 - 16:30 Break

16:30 - 18:30 Practitioners Session

Participants in this session will have the opportunity to engage with relevant stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the complex dynamics and challenges facing the region. Through this practitioner's session, participants will be able to explore and discuss strategies for empowering young people to be key actors in building a more peaceful and stable Euro-Mediterranean region. The session will count with an EU official involved in peacebuilding, an EU official with a journalist background and two representatives from civil society organisations.
Moderator: Karim Hauser Head of Culture and International Relations Casa Árabe
Nadim Houry Executive Director Arab Reform Initiative – ARI
Camille Limon Coordinator and member of the Executive Board Diplomeds – The Council for Mediterranean Diplomacy
Guillem Riutord Sampol Head of Division, Conflict Prevention and Mediation Support (ISP 2) European External Action Service
Natalia Sancha Former Correspondent of "El País" in Lebanon and Syria; Strategic Communications Officer, Task Force South – MENA and Gulf, Strategic Communications, and Information Analysis, (SG STRAT 2) European External Action Service
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