The Art of the (Im)Possible: Sowing the Seeds for the EU’s Constructive Engagement in the Middle East and North Africa
Silvia Colombo, Marc Otte, Eduard Soler i Lecha and Nathalie Tocci
The Mediterranean and the Middle East are experiencing a wide range of far-reaching social, political and economic transformations that resulted in unprecedented levels of volatility and violence. CIDOB’s research goals are:
Monitoring old and new regional conflicts and the growing proliferation of new forms of violence, the (re)emergence of sectarian politics, communal strife and the competing strategies by regional and global powers.
Exploring the potential of regional cooperation and integration and the contribution of the EU through platforms such as the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Neighbourhood Policy.
Understanding political and social dynamics, particularly in the wake of the Arab uprisings. Particular attention is devoted to the role of young people in the context of demographic transition, persistent high unemployment and new forms of political and social mobilisation.
Studying energy geopolitics and the water-energy-food nexus in a region that is the world’s largest oil exporter and the largest food importer
Identifying complex connections which link the Mediterranean and the Middle East to neighbouring regions such as the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. This includes the consequences of state-failure, state-fragility and the growing reach of transnational criminality networks
Silvia Colombo, Marc Otte, Eduard Soler i Lecha and Nathalie Tocci
Silvia Colombo and Eduard Soler i Lecha, with contributions from Marc Otte
Edgar Göll, André Uhl and Jakob Zwiers
Katerina Dalacoura, Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Sabiha Senyücel Gündoğar and Gülşah Dark
László Csicsmann, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations at the Corvinus University of Budapest
Martin Keulertz, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut (AUB).
These Booklets, created under the MENARA Project framework, translate scholarly-sounded research into helpful insights for practitioners, including humanitarian agencies, development agencies and NGOs, the private sector and academia.
MENARA Project, led by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), confirms that the US retreat from the region and Russia’s willingness to fill the power vacuum in Syria, in addition to China flexing its economic muscles across the region, have created a new reality.
For over 6 years now, the Syrian population has been suffering one of the largest conflicts and humanitarian crisis of the last 75 years. This appalling situation is the result of the armed repression unleashed by the regime of Bachar Al Asad during the spring of 2011 to crush the massive peaceful mobilizations demanding democracy and civil rights, and the end of the police state and institutionalized corruption.
CIDOB’s senior research fellows Eckart Woertz, Blanca Garcés and Eduard Soler analyse the importance of the Mosul offensive, its humanitarian consequences and the risks that it may entail.
“European Youth Cooperation Schemes in the Southern Mediterranean Context: One for all, all for one?”
Within the framework of SAHWA Project, an EU-funded FP7 Project led by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), video-recorded Life Stories (Deliverable D4.2) were carried out in 4 out of the 5 SAHWA countries - Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia – between April and September 2015.
The fifth anniversary of the fall of Ben Ali is a bittersweet moment for most Tunisians. On the one hand, they are proud to be the only Arab country to succeed in advancing towards an inclusive democracy. On the other, insecurity is on the rise, the economy is flat, unemployment is up, the price of staple foods is rising and the image of the President Beji Caid Essebsi has been tarnished as he has imposed his son Hafedh as leader of the majority party which he helped found three years ago, Nida Tunes. CIDOB will continue to analyse, as it has been doing until now, Tunisia’s economic, political and security challenges as well as Europe’s policies towards this country and the entire region.
Food Import Needs of the Middle East and North Africa,Ecological Risks and New Dimensions of South-South Cooperation with Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia.Barcelona, 29-30 January 2015
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is one of the most water-stressed regions in the world and its largest net-importer of cereals. Affordable food imports are crucial for its future food security. Countries with tropical agriculture like Brazil are playing an increasing role in MENA food supplies. Apart from policy options to sustainably intensify regional agricultural production, trade will play a crucial role for MENA economies to achieve food security.
The Gulf Research Center has published a paper by Eduard Soler i Lecha & Elina Viilup, researchers at CIDOB. They argue that despite its deep multi-faceted crises
The SAHWA Project is a FP-7 interdisciplinary collaborative research project led by the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB) and co-financed by the European Commission as part of its Research Framework Programme.
El proyecto investigó cómo las fuerzas multilaterales pueden ayudar a la UE con sus objetivos, es decir, cómo la multilateral puede complementar l
This project examines the processes of socio-technical transition to solar energy in the Mediterranean region with a specific focus on sector policy reform, investment risks, the limits and potential of regional cooperation.
Rural Development, Food Security and Political Stability in Iraq (RUDEFOPOS-IRAQ) is a project that is funded by a Marie Curie grant of the European Commission. It analyzes current challenges of food security in Iraq, opinions about such challenges among Iraqi academics and experts and the history of the multilateral UN embargo against Iraq in the 1990s based on Iraqi archival sources.
The CIDOB-OCP Policy Center partnership project deals with the Western Mediterranean Cooperation and Integration Potential. Within this framework it focuses on sustainable agriculture, food security and the water-energy-food nexus in particular.
CIDOB participates as a partner in Med-Reset, a project that aims to re-invigorating the partnership between the two shores of the Mediterranean
CIDOB participates as a partner in a project that will analyse the Future of EU-Turkey relations
The MENARA Project analyses the drivers of change for the regional order in the Middle East and North Africa and the implications of those geopolitical shifts for Europe.
VIADUCT’s promotes research, teaching and policy dialogue on EU-Turkey relations
This project will address the role of women and youth in preventing violent extremism in seven countries: Germany, Spain, France, Jordan, Morocco, the United Kingdom and Tunisia.