EuroMeSCo Newsletter | June 2017

  Ideas for action on security  
  and political affairs  

EuroMeSCo network advocates enhanced coordination of programmes and strategies to prevent and counter violent extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean region

Over 150 researchers and experts from research centres and think tanks as well as policy makers from over 20 European and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries have debated in Barcelona the scope of the threat of violent extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean region and how to confront it. The debates took place on 1-2 June in Barcelona as part of the EuroMeSCo Annual Conference.
Three plenary sessions and several parallel sessions analysed violent extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean region: its origins, catalysing factors, scope, ways to combat it and links with other phenomena such as islamophobia or authoritarianism.
In the framework of the Annual Conference, the first EuroMeSCo Youth Forum, bringing together over 30 young researchers and practictioners, was held.  During the Forum, young researchers presented research strands and initiatives taken in various countries from the Euro-Mediterranean region, including Turkey, Germany, Libya, UK, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to prevent and counter youth radicalisation.
Ahead of the publication of the full report, the network has issued a statement gathering the main ideas that came out from the debates and putting forward some policy-oriented recommendations to counter violent extremism in the region.
EuroMeSCo statement on countering violent extremism – A policy-oriented contribution
Videos of the plenary sessions
Photo Gallery of the 2017 EuroMeSCo Conference

EuroMeSCo network welcomes four new Observers

The 2017 EuroMeSCo General Assembly, held in Barcelona on 31 May, saw the entry into the network of four new institutes. EuroMeSCo would like to welcome its new members:

• Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies – PODEM, Turkey
• European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, College of Europe, Natolin Campus, Poland
• Institute for Development and International Relations – IRMO, Croatia
• Peace Research Institute Frankfurt – PRIF, Germany

Call for proposals: Support for mobility among researchers of EuroMeSCo members

The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), in its capacity as EuroMeSCo Academic Secretariat, will provide support to research institutes from the EuroMeSCo network for the organisation of international seminars, workshops and conferences on Euro-Mediterranean issues.

The objective is to facilitate the participation of researchers that belong to an institute member of the network to events organised by other institutes of the network.
In this context, we are pleased to launch a Call for Proposals for conferences and workshops.

The international workshops/conferences that will benefit from the IEMed support should
  • be organised by a member of the EuroMeSCo network
  • include participants from both shores of the Mediterranean, with EuroMeSCo experts representing 25% of the total number of speakers and with the  participation of practitioners/policy makers
  • be somehow related to the Euro-Mediterranean agenda and possibly to the EuroMeSCo thematic priorities (annual conference, working packages).
The Application Form, along with the other required documents should be submitted EuroMeSCo Secretariat at by 28 July 2017.

For more information, click here
Download the Application Form 

Call for Participants for Dialogue Workshop

Athens, 10 November 2017

EuroMeSCo is launching Call for Participants for a Dialogue Workshop “New Euro-Mediterranean Dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean”. The Workshop is organised by MITVIM - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies and ELIAMEP - Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy, in the framework of the EuroMeSCo ENI Project. The objective is for the authors of the Joint Policy Study to present and discuss their initial findings with practitioners and other researchers.
The researchers willing to participate in the Dialogue Workshop are invited to submit an Application Form to by 4 September 2017.

Call for Participants
Application Form
EuroMeSCo Paper 35

Militia Institutionalisation and Security Sector Reform in Libya

Written by Ziad Akl

Putting an end to the ongoing political and military conflict in Libya requires effectively dealing with one of the major security threats: militias and armed groups. In light of the weak structural nature of the Libyan state, the acute military and political contentions and the challenges it faces (Libya
has become a hub for terrorism and illegal immigration), militias in Libya must be assimilated and reintegrated into the state structures. The paper examines what are the criteria for militia institutionalisation and integration into the state structure, who are the main militias in Libya that could be institutionalized, how the integration experiences applied in Libya so far could be evaluated, and what are the challenges and obstacles to militia integration in Libya.
Read the paper

EuroMeSCo Policy Brief 74: Montenegro at a Crossroads

Written by Tonči Tadić, Igor Tabak         

The Republic of Montenegro, member of the Union for the Mediterranean and candidate for EU membership, is soon to become a member of NATO. The inclusion of this country in the frameworks of NATO and the EU is likely to ensure its stability and contribute to the stability of the region. The article analyses what impact the Montenegro´s candidacy to NATO has had on the country´s relations with Russia and neighbouring Serbia, and what consequences NATO´s enlargement to Montenegro may have on the relations between the West and Russia in general.

Read the Policy Brief

Security Sector Reform in the Southern Neighbourhood

EuroMeSCo Report No.17

On 19 May in Brussels, the European Union Institute for Security Studies organised a seminar on Security Sector Reform (SSR) in the Middle East and North Africa. The seminar was organised with support of IEMed and EuroMeSCo. The seminar gathered practitioners from the field and EU officials in order to discuss the difficulties presented by the SSR in the Southern Neighbourhood and to propose a more comprehensive and tailored approach to SSR in the region.

Read the report
     Upcoming events     
EUI – European University Institute
Beyond Borders and States: New Actors in the Globalised Middle East
3 July 2017, Florence
Chatham House
Prospects for Political Stability and Economic Prosperity in Turkey: The View of the Opposition
3 July 2017, London
EPC – European Policy Center
How to Counter Jihadist Radicalisation in Schools?
4 July 2017, Brussels
CERI – Centre d'études et de recherches internationales, University of London-School of Oriental and African Studies – SOAS, University of Birmingham
Authoritarianism from Afar: Diaspora Engagement and the Transnationalisation of the State
7 July 2017, Paris
Chatham House
Contentious Borders: The Middle East and North Africa Post-2011
13 July 2017, London
TEPSA – The Trans European Policy Studies Association
The Future of the European Asylum and Migration Architecture
14 July 2017, Berlin
IFRI – Institut français des relations internationales
L’Etat de la menace terroriste et les réponses un an après Nice
21 July 2017, Paris
     Articles & Analyses     
ARI – Arab Reform Initiative
Between Indifference and Charity: Syrian Refugees and the Syrian Diaspora in Brazil
Cecilia Baeza
Carnegie Middle East Center
We Need Tunisia in the Fight against ISIS
Sarah Yerkes
Corruption at the Heart
Sarah Yerkes
CEPS – Centre for European Policy Studies
Sharing Responsibility for Refugees and Expanding Legal Migration
Mikkel Barslund, Mehtap Akgüç, Nadzeya Laurentsyeva, Lars Ludolph
Chatham House
Local Community Resistance to Extremist Groups in Syria Lessons from Atarib
Haid Haid
ISIS and the New War Economy
Renad Mansour, Hisham Al-Hashimi
In Qatar v Saudi Arabia, the West Can't Afford to Pick a Side
Peter Salisbury
Morocco’s Devolution Can Wait No Longer
Claire Spencer
DIIS – Danish Institute for International Studies
Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism
Louise Wiuff Moe
Europe´s Refugee Crisis and the Threat of Terrorism. An Extraordinary Threat?
Manni Crone, Maja Felicia Falkentoft, Teemu Tammikko
ECFR – European Council on Foreign Relations
Serious Questions Remain Over G5 Sahel Military Force
Andrew Lebovich
Don’t Close Borders, Manage Them: How to Improve EU Policy on Migration through Libya
Mattia Toaldo
Egypt on the Edge: How Europe Can Avoid another Crisis in Egypt
Yasser El-Shimy, Anthony Dworkin
Europe Must Combat Trumpization of Middle East
Ellie Geranmayeh
Does the Road to Stability in Libya Pass Through Cairo?
Adel Abdel Ghafar, Mattia Toaldo

Israel’s Unlawfully Prolonged Occupation: Consequences under an Integrated Legal Framework
Valentina Azarova
EGMONT – Royal Institute for International Relations
A Jihadi Threat in Mutation?
Thomas Renard
ELIAMEP – Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy
EU-Turkey Relations from a Greek Perspective
Panagiota Manoli, Thanos Dokos
EUISS – European Union Institute for Security Studies
Balkan Foreign Fighters: From Syria to Ukraine
Jelena Beslin, Marija Ignjatijevic

What if ... Conceivable crises: Unpredictable in 2017, Unmanageable in 2020?
Florence Gaub (Ed.)

Fostering Resilience in the Western Balkans
Florian Trauner, Zoran Nechev
EUROPEUM – Institute for European Policy
Reforming the Common European Asylum Policy (CEAS)
Christian Kvorning Lassen
FIIA – The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
The EU’s Choice: Perspectives on Deepening and Differentiation
Tuomas Iso-Markku, Juha Jokela, Kristi Raik, Teija Tiilikainen & Eeva Innola (eds.)
GMF – German Marshall Fund
Turkey and the EU: Perpetual Crisis or Restricted Cooperation?
Senem Aydın-Düzgit
IAI – Istituto Affari Internazionali
Saudi Arabia's and Qatar's Discourses and Practices in the Mediterranean
MedReset Papers
Anoush Ehteshami, Ariabarzan Mohammadi
Iran's Discourses and Practices in the Mediterranean Since 2001
MedReset Papers
Anoush Ehteshami, Ariabarzan Mohammadi
Labour Market Integration of Syrian Refugees in Germany and Turkey: Challenges and Prospects
Asli Selin Okyay
Syria's Impact on the Kurdish Peace Process in Turkey
Eva Maria Resch
Turkey's European Future at a Crossroad: Where Do We Go from Here?
Nathalie Tocci
IFAT – The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade
What Are the Most Important Lessons of the Iranian Elections?
Péter Wagner (Ed.)
IMRI –  Institut marocain des relations internationales
La crise dans le Golfe. Un nouveau facteur de division du monde arabe
Jawad Kerdoudi
Al ADl WAL IHSSANE. La 5ème colonne islamiste
Mustapha Sehimi
INSS – Institute for National Security Studies
The Qatar Crisis: Causes, Implications, Risks, and the Need for Compromise
Philip Gordon, Amos Yadlin, Ari Heistein
East-West-North-South: The Race for Syria after the Islamic State
Udi Dekel
ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies
After Mosul. Re-Inventing Iraq
Andrea Plebani (Ed.)
Fear Thy Neighbour. Radicalisation and Jihadist Attacks in the West
Lorenzo Vidino, Francesco Marone, Eva Entenmann
MITVIM – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies
Briefing Summary: Israel-Jordan Relations
Abdullah Swalha
Trump and a Tale of Three Cities
Nimrod Goren
US Policies towards Israel and the Middle East 5(6)
Rebecca Bornstein (Ed.)
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Israel’s Relations with the Middle East, Europe, and the US
 OCP Policy Center

Challenges for Transatlantic Counterterrorism Cooperation in North Africa
Christopher S. Chivvis
ORSAM – Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies
Foreign Fighters of ISIS and Their Security Threat: The Experience of Turkey (2014-2016)
Haldun Yalçinkaya
It Is Not Enough to Defeat ISIS Militarily
Sertaç Canalp Korkmaz
PASSIA – Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs
50 Years of Palestinian Political History 1967-2017
PISM – The Polish Institute of International Affairs
The “New Turkey” in the Making: What Should the EU’s Strategy Be?
Karol Wasilewski
Israel’s Pivot to Asia
Michał Wojnarowicz
Arab Diplomatic Crisis
Patrycja Sasnal
PODEM – The Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies
Turkey, the EU and the Mediterranean: Perceptions, Policies and Prospects
MedReset Papers
Aybars Görgülü, Gülsah Dark
SWP – German Institute for International and Security Affairs
The New ‘Europe of Security’
Annegret Bendiek
Global Migration Governance and Mixed Flows
Steffen Angenendt, Anne Koch
The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

Turkey’s Waiting Game in Sinjar
Michael Knights
Theories versus Scenarios: Ankara’s Qatar Game
Ceng Sagnic
Algeria – The Parliamentary Elections and their Implications
Gideon Gera

A Euro-Mediterranean Network of Political and Security Studies

INESG - Institut national d'études de stratégie globale

OIIP - Austrian Institute for International Affairs

Carnegie Europe
CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies
EGMONT - The Royal Institute for International Relations
EPC - European Policy Centre
Europees Institut
GERMAC - Groupe d'études et de recherches sur le Monde Arabe contemporain
GMF - German Marshall Fund
MEDEA - European Institute for Research on Euro-Arab Cooperation
TEPSA - Trans-European Policy Studies Association

KYKEM - Cyprus Research Centre

EMEF - Euro-Mediterranean Forum
IRMO - Institute for Development and International Relations

Czech Republic
IIR - Institute of International Relations Prague
EUROPEUM - Institute for European Policy

DIIS - Danish Institute for International Studies

ACPSS - Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies
AFA - Arab Forum for Alternatives
ECFA - Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs
Partners in Development

EVI - Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

FIIA- Finnish Institute of International Affairs
TAPRI - Tampere Peace Research Institute

ARI - Arab Reform Initiative
Association Euromed - IHEDN
CERI – Sciences Po Centre d´études et de recherches internationales
CMCI - Institut de la Méditerranée
EU ISS - European Union Institute for Security Studies
FMES – Fondation méditerranéenne d´études stratégiques
FRS - Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique
IFRI - Institut français des relations internationales
Kedge Business School

CAP - Center for Applied Policy Research
DGAP - German Council on Foreign Relations
DIE - German Development Institute
GIGA - German Institute of Global and Area Studies
PRIF - Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
SWP - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
ZEI - Center for European Integration Studies

ELIAMEP - Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy

Center for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
IFAT- Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade

Institute for International Studies of the Cornivus University of Budapest

CSEPS - Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society
INSS – Institute for National Security Studies
IPCRI - Israel / Palestine Center for Research and Information
Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations
MITVIM - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies
The Moshe Dayan Center

European University Institute
Fondazione Mediterraneo
IAI - Istituto Affari Internazionali
ISPI - Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale
ISSM- Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Societies
Jean Monnet Euro-Med Centre

CSS - Center for Strategic Studies
UJRC - Al-Urdun Al-Jadid Research Center

LIIA - Latvian Institute of International Affairs

Carnegie Middle East Centre
LCPS - Lebanese Center for Policy Studies

Institute for European Studies
MEDAC - Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies

CERSS - Centre d'études et de recherches en sciences sociales
CRESS - Centre de recherches et d'études en sciences sociales
GERM - Groupement d’études et de recherches sur la Méditerranée
IMRI - Institut marocain des relations internationales
Institut Amadeus
OCP Policy Center

Clingendael - Netherlands Institute for International Relations

Pal-Think for Strategic Studies
PASSIA - Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs

CASE - Centre for Social and Economic Research
European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, College of Europe, Natolin Campus
IPA - The Institute of Public Affairs
PISM - The Polish Institute of International Affairs

COE - North-South Centre of the Council of Europe

SFPA - Slovak Foreign Policy Association

CIR - Centre of International Relations
EMUNI - Euro-Mediterranean University

AGREEM - Asociación Grupo de Estudios Europeos y Mediterráneos
Casa Árabe - International Institute of Arab and Muslim World Studies
CEI International Affairs
CIDOB - Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
ELCANO - Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos
Fundación Alternativas
IEMed - European Institute of the Mediterranean
UNISCI - Unidad de Investigación sobre Seguridad y Cooperación Internacional

SIIA - Swedish Institute of International Affairs
SIPRI - Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

AEI - Association des études internationales
CAWTAR - Center of Arab Women for Training and Research
CEMI - Centre des études méditerranéennes et internationales
ITES - Institut tunisien des études stratégiques

CES - Centre for European Studies
CERMC - Centre for Economic Research on Mediterranean Countries
FPI - Turkish Foreign Policy Institute
GPoT - Global Political Trends Centre
IPC - Istanbul Policy Centre
ORSAM - Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies
PODEM - Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies
TASAM - Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies
TESEV - Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation

United Kingdom
CIS - Centre of International Studies
Chatham House
ECFR - European Council on Foreign Relations

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