There will be a Workshop on “Security & Stability in the Mediterranean and the Middle East” from 26-28 May 2016, organized by the Institute of International Economic Relations.
Core Topics (from the Call for Papers)
“1. Security in the Mediterranean and the Broader Middle East: Problems and Prospects of the South
- The unknown future of Syria
- Iran and Turkey the Middle East: New challenges ahead
- Perspectives on the Israeli –Palestinian conflict
- State and Society in the Middle East: The challenge of the Arab Spring
- Islam and democracy in Arab states
- Economic security and change in the Middle East states
- The United States and Russia as third actors in the Middle East and the Mediterranean
- The International Political Economy of energy security in the Eastern Mediterranean.
2. Migration and Human Security in the Mediterranean and the Middle East
- The political and economic consequences of the refugee crisis
- Problems and prospects for migration in the Mediterranean region
- Irregular migration, state security and human security in the Mediterranean
- Migration, human security and foreign policy
- EU Security and migration policies in the Mediterranean
- Poverty as a major challenge to human security in the Mediterranean area
- Human security and climate change in the Mediterranean
- Parliamentary diplomacy in the Mediterranean: the case of Responsibility to Protect (R2P).
3. The present and future of Euro-Mediterranean relations
- Development and evaluation for the Union for Mediterranean
- Prospects of regional and sub- regional cooperation in the Mediterranean area
- The Europeanisation process of Third Mediterranean Countries
- The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) five years since the beginning of the Arab Spring and its review
- Normative Power Europe and the Mediterranean
- Trade relations between Mediterranean EU countries and other Mediterranean states
- The consequences of the economic crisis for the process of EU- Mediterranean relations
- Cultural Dialogue in the Mediterranean and the role of the EU.”
The SOAS is holding a Summer School on Government and Politics of the Middle East and Arabic Language from 20 June – 21 July 2016. From their website:
“This course serves as an introduction to the politics of North Africa (Maghreb), the Arab East (Mashriq) including the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula, Israel, Turkey and Iran. It gives – on a country by county basis – an overview of the major political issues and developments in the region since the end of the First World War and addresses key themes in the study of contemporary Middle East politics, including: the role of the military, social and economic development, political Islam, and the recent uprisings (the ‘Arab Spring’).
Its aim is to develop the students’ understanding of the major trends in the Middle East politics and their skills of political analysis through critical reading, lectures, presentations and informed discussion.
The course is normally offered in conjunction with Beginners Arabic (Level 1 or 2).”