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

The lead researchers of the Working Group “The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective” will participate in a workshop, jointly organised by the IEMed, EuroMeSCo and the Strategic Studies Network (SSN) on the 19th of December in Barcelona.

The experts will discuss the state of art of the project and present the results of the research undertaken in the framework 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 aim of the research project is to produce a joint, policy-oriented publication on comparative perspectives of the transitions in the Arab world, to be presented at the next SSN Annual Summit.

See the draft programme 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

EuroMeSCo Paper 21: Société civile au Maroc. Le grand malentendu.

This paper by Mohamed El Hachimi, Researcher at the Centre des Études et de Recherches en Sciences Sociales (CERSS, Morocco), examines the nature of Moroccan association movements and evaluates their contribution to the democratisation of the political system of the country. According to the author, the associative movement in Morocco is not able to play a key role for democratisation given its high degree of atomisation and depolitisation. The emergence of new extra-institutional social movements such as the 20th February movement can be seen as an attempt to overcome the deficit of powerful civil society structures. However, the author highlights that the literature on civil society movements has tended to overestimate the role of these organisations when confronted to the institutional mechanisms of state apparatuses. Read the paper here (in French).

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.

The EuroMeSCo network, 7th best think tank network in the world

The EuroMeSCo network of research centres has been ranked as the seventh best network of think tanks in the world, as reflected by the University of Pennsylvania’s 2013 “Global Go-To Think Tanks Ranking”, recently presented. EuroMeSCo is currently formed by 99 research institutes and think tanks on politics and security in the Mediterranean, based in 33 countries from the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The 2013 “Global Go-To Think Tanks Ranking” can be consulted here

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