EuroMeSCo Paper 23: From Policies to Politics: The European Union as an International Mediator in the Mediterranean

This paper by Pol Morillas analyses the performance of the European Union (EU) as an effective mediator in its southern neighbourhood, with a particular emphasis on Egypt and the period of transition from the presidency of Mohammed Morsi to Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi.

Despite an initial focus on policy reform, the EU has shifted its approach into a more political response, both as a consequence of the developments on the ground and a renewed interest in mediation initiatives by EU authorities. The EU’s mediation efforts coincided with the last months in office of the former EU High Representative and the EUSR for the Southern Mediterranean.

The paper analyses the conditions that have contributed to the success and failure of the EU’s mediation efforts, taking into account that the current high political stakes in the region have often prevented the EU from playing a more political role, precisely at a time when it decided to transform its policy oriented approach into a more robust political contribution to the Southern Mediterranean transitions.

Read the paper here

The EuroMeSCo network ranked again 7th best think tank network in the world

We are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row the EuroMeSCo has been ranked 7th in the category of the best think tank network, according to the University of Pennsylvania´s 2014 “Global Go To Think Tanks Ranking”.


The 2014 “Global Go-To Think Tanks Ranking” can be consulted here.

EuroMeSCo General Assembly and Annual Conference 2014

The Academic Secretariat of EuroMeSCo is pleased to announce that the next EuroMeSCo General Assembly and Annual Conference "Increasing Diversity in the Euro-Mediterranean Region" will be held in Tarragona on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2014.


See the schedule of the annual meetings here.

See the programme of the Annual Conference here.

See the minutes of the General Assembly in English and French

See the minutes of the Steering Committee in English

See the Annual Report 2014 in English and French

See the Work Plan for 2015 in English and French

See the Report of the Annual Conference here

Workshop “The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective”, Barcelona, 19th December

The lead researchers of the Working Group “The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective” participated in a workshop organised by the IEMed, EuroMeSCo and Strategic Studies Network (SSN) to present and discuss the research outputs of five working packages:  State Building Processes and Reforms and Security Sector Reform; The role of religion in transitional processes; Socio-economic reforms in transitional processes; The role of the European Union in supporting democratic transitions in the Southern Mediterranean and Regional integration.

The final papers produced by the researchers from the EuroMeSCo network will be included in a joint publication, aiming to provide better understanding of the political transformations in the Arab Spring countries.


See the programme of the workshop here.

EuroMeSCo Paper 22: Winning to Lose: The State´s Unsustainable Counterrevolutionary Comeback in Egypt

The paper by Ibrahim El Houdaiby analyses the challenges posed to the Egyptian modern state from its emergence until today. None of the revolutionary waves before 2011 were able to dismantle the fundamental features of elitism, authoritarian guardianship and violence predominating the Egyptian political scene. The 2011 revolution brought the opportunity to challenge the state´s model of governance but three years later many argue that the Egyptian state has succeeded to absorb the revolutionary shocks and has ensured a successful comeback. However, according to the author a deeper scrutiny suggests that the recent developments have resulted in political stagnation, deterioration of the economic situation and bureaucratic failures. El Houdaiby concludes that, in order to secure the survival of the Egyptian state, the new regime needs to embark on a profound reform process, which will alter the very foundations of the current political regime. Read the paper here.

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