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Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, July 13, 2018 - 18:00

EuroMeSCo Annual Conference 2018 : Changing Euro-Mediterranean Lenses

Rabat

EuroMeSCo (the main Euro-Mediterranean network of think tanks gathering about a hundred think tanks and institutions from both shores of the Mediterranean), the European Institute of the Mediterranean and the OCP Policy Center are organising the 2018 EuroMeSCo Annual Conference “Changing Euro-Mediterranean Lenses”, to be held in Rabat on 12-13 July 2018. 

In Euro-Mediterranean fora, the focus is most often on the state of the South and Southeast part of the Mediterranean and its impact of its political, economic and security situation on the European Union. This conference will invite high level policymakers and researchers to challenge this prevailing approach and analyze how recent developments in Europe affect the southern shore of the Mediterranean and more generally Euro-Mediterranean relations. Similarly, Euro-Mediterranean policies are too often understood as policies of the European Union towards the Southern Mediterranean. This conference will look at policies and strategies developed by southern Mediterranean countries vis-à-vis the EU and other partners.

 

Agenda 

 

12 July, 2018

09:00 – 09:15

Registration

09:15 – 09:45

Welcome Remarks 

- Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center
- Senén Florensa, Chair of EuroMeSCo General Assembly

09:45 – 10:30

Keynote interview with Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00

The State of Europe and Its Impact on Euro-Mediterranean Relations

In Euro-Mediterranean fora, the focus is most often on the state of the South and Southeast part of the Mediterranean and the impact of its political, economic and security situation on the European Union. Conversely, a number of recent developments in Europe also affect the situation in the Southern shore, the EU’s capacity of projection in the Mediterranean and ultimately the Euro-Mediterranean relations.

Chair
Emma Bonino*, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy

Speakers
Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center
Daniela Schwarzer*, Director, DGAP – German Council on Foreign Relations
Iliana Olivié*, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute
Michael Koehler*, Director Neighbourhood South, DG NEAR 

Debate with participants

14:00 – 15:30

Presentation of results of the EuroMeSCo research groups 

Working Package:  Sahel and Security in the Mediterranean

Chair
Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck, Resident Scholar, Carnegie Middle East Center

Main authors
Raquel Barras Tejudo, Researcher, UNISCI – Research Unit on Security and Cooperation, Complutense University of Madrid
Giovanni Faleg, Associate Researcher, CEPS – Centre for European Policy Studies 

Comments by    Rasmus Boserup, Senior Researcher, DIIS – Danish Institute for International Studies

Working Package:  The Eastern Mediterranean: New Dynamics and Potential for Cooperation

Chair
Nimrod Goren, Head of Institute, Mitvim 

Main authors
Thanos Dokos, Director, ELIAMEP – Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy 
Gabriel Mitchell, Researcher, Mitvim 
Muriel Asseburg, Senior Fellow, SWP – German Institute for International and Security Affairs 

Comments by    Valeria Talbot, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Head of ISPI's Middle East and North Africa Centre, ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Working Package: Minorities in the Middle East and North Africa Region

Chair
Salam Kawakibi, President, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies

Main authors
Paolo Maggiolini, Associate Research Fellow, ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies
Georges Fahmi, Research Fellow, EUI – European University Institute  
Saïd Bennis, Professor, CERSS  – Centre d'études et de recherches en sciences sociales 

Comments by    Lurdes Vidal, Director of the Arab and Mediterranean World Department, IEMed – European Institute of the Mediterranean

Working Package: The Future of the EU-Tunisia Partnership

Chair
Emmanuel Cohen-Hadria, Head of Euro-Mediterranean Policies Department, IEMed – European Institute of the Mediterranean

Main authors
Tasnim Abderehim, Junior Policy Officer, European Centre for Development Policy Management 
Silvia Colombo, Senior Researcher, IAI – Istituto di Affari Internazionali
Guillaume Van der Loo, Researcher, CEPS – Centre for European Policy Studies 
Federica Zardo, Assistant Professor, University of Vienna, Institute for European Integration Research

Comments by    Marc Pierini, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00

Roundtable discussions

13 July, 2018

09:00 – 11:00

How Southern Mediterranean Countries Engage with the EU and the Euro-Mediterranean? 
Too often are Euro-Mediterranean policies understood as policies of the European Union or its member states towards the Southern Mediterranean. Euro-Mediterranean analysts tend to focus therefore primarily on European policies, strategies and initiatives. The idea of this session is to look into bilateral and regional policies of Southern Mediterranean countries with the underlying question of whether the European Union and the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation are priorities.

Chair
Ambassador Nasser Kamel*, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean

A view from:
Youssef Amrani*, Adviser to the King of Morocco 
Yousef Bataineh*, Head of the Jordanian Mission to the European Union 
Nabil Ammar*, Director General Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tunisia 

Comments by: Marc Pierini*, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe
Ellie Geranmayeh*, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR
Tarek Mitri*, Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:30

Parallel Working Sessions

Working Session 1: Is Europe Exporting Instability to the Southern Mediterranean?
The unstable political and security situation in the Southern Mediterranean is very often said to be triggered or worsened by external factors and actors. The session will explore whether and to what extent the EU and its Member States contribute to aggravate the developments in the region.

Chair
Ian Anthony*, Director of European Security Programme, SIPRI – Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Paper Presenters 

Discussants         

Debate with participants

Working Session 2:  Is Europe a Priority for Southern Mediterranean Partners?
Middle East and North Africa countries are developing and strengthening their partnerships with major international powers. The session will explore where the EU stands in this new correlation and analyse how the regional governments deal with European matters, what are the priorities for cooperation with the EU and its Member States, and whether and to what extent their overlap with societies´ expectations.

Chair
Anis Nacrour*, Former Head of EU Delegation to Syria

Paper Presenters

Discussants    

Debate with participants

Working Session 3: Revitalizing Euro-Mediterranean Relations
With growing number of common threats and challenges, the importance of strengthening Euro-Mediterranean relations and cooperation is even more critical. The session will take stock of various initiatives and frameworks for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, with a particular focus on the Union for the Mediterranean, and issue proposals on how to overcome obstacles and spoilers in Euro-Mediterranean relations.

Chair
Munevver Cebeci*, Senior Researcher, European Neighbourhood Policy Chair
         
Paper Presenters

Discussants    

Debate with participants

14:30 – 16:30

Kick-off meetings of the new set of EuroMeSCo research groups

Working Package: The Role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa. Strategy or Opportunism?

Chair
Valeria Talbot, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Head of ISPI's Middle East and North Africa Centre, ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Main authors
Youssef Cherif, Affiliated Expert, ITES – Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies 
Mira Milosevich, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute
Ziad Akl, Senior Researcher, ACPSS – Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies
Christopher Hartwell, Fellow, CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research

Comments by : Marc Franco, Senior Associate Fellow, EGMONT – Royal Institute for International Relations

Debate with participants

Working Package: Les effets des changements climatiques au Sahel sur la sécurité humaine et globale dans le bassin méditerranéen

Chair
Abdelhak Bassou, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Main authors
Bouchra Rahmouni Benhida, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center
Amira Halim, Expert in the African program, ACPSS – Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies
Niklas Bremberg, Research Fellow, UI – Swedish Institute of International Affairs
Patricia Lisa, Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute

Comments by: Xira Ruiz-Campillo, Professor, UNISCI – Research Unit on Security and Cooperation, Complutense University of Madrid

Debate with participants

Working Package: Cooperation with Religious Institutions as a European Policy Tool

Chair
Patrycja Sasnal, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme, PISM – The Polish Institute of International Affairs

Main authors
Georges Fahmi, Research Fellow, EUI – European University Institute  
Yasemine El Menouar, Associate Fellow, DGAP – German Council on Foreign Relations
Sergio Altuna, Associate Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute

Debate with participants

16:30 – 17:00

Keynote interview

17:00 – 17:30

Final Remarks

 

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