EuroMeSCo General Assembly and Annual Conference 2015


The Academic Secretariat of EuroMeSCo is pleased to announce that the next EuroMeSCo General Assembly and Annual Conference will take place on 8-9 October 2015 in Milan. The event will be organised in partnership with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).


The Conference will analyse the current relations between the EU and its Southern Mediterranean partner countries and reflect on new perspectives and means for a greater and more effective cooperation in three areas: political and security, socio-economic and social, human and cultural area.


See the schedule of the annual meetings here

See the draft programme of the Annual Conference here


EuroMeSCo Paper 26: The State of Arab Statehood. Reflections on Failure, Resilience and Collapse. By Wolfgang Mühlberger

This paper develops the idea that state failure triggered the upheaval known as the Arab Spring. The increasing number of Arab states on the brink of collapse and the rising phenomenon of fragmented central state authority invite to revisit – and relaunch – the ‘Arab state debate’. To this end the author analyses Arab state structures to better understand their intrinsic characteristics, the dominant type of state-society relationships, and the potential of the Arab state system for reform. Authoritarian regimes thrive on patrimonial power structures, criminalising instead of modernising states in the worst case. Widely used informal strategies, such as co-optation, additionally hollow out formal state structures and undermine their legitimacy. These marginal states are ripe for contestation and risk tipping from failure into collapse.


Read the paper here.

Call for Papers for the EuroMeSCo Annual Conference 2015: Results

The Call for Papers to be presented at the parallel sessions of the EuroMeSCo Annual Conference 2015 was launched in July 2015. For the selection process, the Jury, composed of the members of the Steering Committee, took into account the quality and coherence of the proposals and the relevance of the topics chosen to the thematic of the parallel sessions. We congratulate the authors of the selected proposals.


See the list of the selected paper proposals here.

Call for Participants for Dialogue Workshop, 5th November 2015, Cairo

The IEMed and Al Ahram Center for Strategic Studies, in the framework of EuroMeSCo activities, are launching the Call for Participants for the Dialogue Workshop “Radical Groups: Security Threats in the Euro-Mediterranean” to be held in Cairo on 5th November 2015.

The main objective of this Dialogue Workshop is to present and discuss the initial research findings of the Joint Policy Study “Radical Groups: Security Threats in the Euro-Mediterranean”. The discussions will be built around the following themes:


•  Radical Groups Tactics

•  Current and Potential Security Threats in Euro-Mediterranean Region

•  The Reasons of Radical Groups’ Popularity Among Euro-Med Citizens

•  The Role of the International and Regional Actors toward Radical Groups


All the researchers willing to participate in the Dialogue Workshop are invited to send an Application Form at Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. by 5th October 2015.

Open Call for Participants


Application Form (MS Word).


EuroMeSCo Paper 25: The Tunisian Transition: Torn Between Democratic Consolidation and Neo-Conservatism in an Insecure Regional Context

The paper by Isabel Schäfer assesses the different phases and achievements of the transition process in Tunisa before looking at the challenges, difficulties and future perspectives. The newly emerging Tunisian political system is analysed in the context of the current developments in the wider MENA region. This paper considers the Tunisian transition as a very particular and unique case, and not as a “model”. Compared to other states in the MENA region, it is the only country where a comprehensive process of democratic consolidation is taking place so far. The hitherto success of the Tunisian transition results from a particular constellation of different factors, suggesting that the perspectives for a long-term democratic transformation process look positive but the challenges remain multifaceted.


Read the paper here

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