Foreign Policy Dialogues “Europe-Maghreb-Africa: Geopolitical vision and policy outcomes”

This initiative is part of the series of Foreign Policy Dialogues, a new methodology developed by CIDOB with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs European Union and Cooperation. Through this and other workshops, CIDOB aims to connect the thinking generated in Spain with other European and international organisations so as to increase capacity of incidence in Brussels and other decision-making centres.

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
31 January 2020 - 09:30h
LOCATION: CIDOB, sala Jordi Maragall, Elisabets 12, 08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

COLLABORATORS (1):

Objective

The relative weight of Africa on the international agenda is increasing and the new EU leadership has announced that this will be one of the main priorities of the EU's external action. The interest in Africa is often framed in terms of opportunity (economic growth, trade, infrastructure, urban development, social dynamism and culture, democratic transitions) but it is also a space of rivalry between regional powers (Morocco-Algeria) or even global ones (EU-China ). Another factor that invites us to pay more attention is the (in)security nexus between the Maghreb and Africa, with the Sahel as the most obvious case. The growing importance of Africa in the European agenda should reinforce rather than replace or overshadow existing policies towards the Mediterranean and the Maghreb. This seminar will aim to discuss how to make this possible and what alliances are necessary to generate innovative and transformative proposals.

This initiative is part of the series of Foreign Policy Dialogues, a new methodology developed by CIDOB with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. Through this and other workshops, CIDOB aims to connect the thinking generated in Spain with other European and international organisations so as to increase capacity of incidence in Brussels and other decision-making centres. Thus, think tanks and research centres will feed, complement and contribute to the activities undertaken at the governmental level.

Files

Foreign Policy Dialogues “Europe-Maghreb-Africa: Geopolitical vision and policy outcomes” PERFORMED ACTIVITY

09:30h Welcome remarks and introduction to the exercise

10:00h Towards a common diagnosis

- 2020: Is this year a turning point? What awaits post-Cotonou and where are we on the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process?
- What place is there for the Maghreb and Africa in the list of EU priorities?
- Is threre a risk of the Maghreb (and the Mediterranean more broadly) being replaced or overshadowed by Africa as THE priority?
- Which could be the drivers favouring a positive synergy between the Maghreb and Africa as European prioties?
- Is the EU a priority for the Maghreb and African countries and, if yes, in which domains?

 

11:30h Coffee break

12:00h Who are the the key players? promoters and veto-players; rivals and allies

- Which Member States will shape EU policy toward Africa and the Maghreb?
- Which of these are historicallyprominent in EU-Africa-Maghrebi relations and which are emergent?
- How are regional bodies currently relating to each other and to other influential actors across the EU Maghreb-Africa?
- How are interregional relatioships changing?
- What extra-regional actors and interest groups are influential on Eu-Maghreb-Africa interregional dynamics.

13:30h Lunch

14:30h Incubation of ideas

- What ideas could this group come up with and how to upload them into EU, African or Maghrebi policy circles?
- What areas and which methods should be prioritised?
- Which strategy, and with which instruments and alliances, would bear more fruits?
- What added value can Spain bring?

16:30h Conclusion and next steps