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Bratislava, 14 November 2018
Sebastian Schäffer wrote a policy paper in the framework of his Think Visegrad Fellowship at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute in Bratislava. "Towards a New Model for European Governance: from Macro-regionalism vs. Minilateralism to an Institutional Reform of the EU" offers a different idea for institutional reform. While the paper acknowledges that a macro-regional approach os best suited to alleviate the multiple crises the EU is facing, there is a need for a more output-driven approach.
Sebastian Schäffer conducted interviews and research resulting in his recommendations, which seek to contribute to ta debate on European governance:
1) Reduce the number of Commissioners to 15.
2) Elect the European Parliament in a truly pan-European way.
3)Abolish the Council of the European Union and integrate it into the European Council.
4) Establish a Council of the European Regions.
Friedrichshafen, 27 September - 28 October 2018
Michael Bauer taught a seminar program on Dynamics of Administration, Politics and Policy in the European Affairs for the BA-Programme Politics, Administration and International Relations (PAIR) of Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen.
Beirut, 24-25 September 2018
Michael Bauer participated in a conference on peace-building and reconstruction in Syria organized by UN-ESCWA's National Agenda for the Future of Syrian Programme (NAFS). The conference discussed policy gaps at the national level in priority themes/sectors that hinder peace-building and reconstruction in the country based on the NAFS-long-term vision for Syria 2030. Michael Bauer contributed to the working group focussing on emergency response, relief and humanitarian work.
Gütersloh, August 2018
Michael Bauer joined a strategy group set up by Bertelsmann Stiftung to analyze the strategic priorities and foreign policy objectives of Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran with regard to the European Neighborhood as well as the relations between these four states. The group's first findings are summarized in the publication Antagonisms in the EU's neighborhood.
Munich, 3-24 Aug 2018
The 2018 MEIA Middle East Summer School of MEIA Research in cooperation with the Institute for the Near and Middle East, the
Center for Applied Policy Research and the International Office of Ludwig Maximilian University Munich took place in Munich and Berlin, gathering 20 undergraduate and graduate students as well as
young professionals from 12 different countries for courses on Middle East politics, cultures, economics and international affairs.
For further information click here.
Munich, 14 Aug 2018
Eschborn, 16-19 July 2018
Michael Bauer continued his cooperation with the programme team of the National Agenda for the Future of Syria (NAFS) at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) in another workshop on "Policy Development in Post-Conflict Contexts: Analyzing Policy-Gaps, Drafting Recommendations". A series of updated NAFS analysis papers will be published in October 2018.
Innsbruck, 28 June 2018
Munich, 25 June 2018
Vienna, 7-14 May 2018
Sebastian Schäffer and Michael Bauer gave a one-week seminar on the future of European integration for MA students of Chulalongkorn University's European Studies programme (MAEUS). The seminar-programme was titled "Between crisis management and muddling through" and focussed on the various external and internal challenges for the European Union. The Viennese Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) and Seminars Simulations and Consulting Europe co-organised the programme and IDM director Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, gave the opening lecture. The students also participated in a meeting of the OSCE's Forum for Security Co-operation. (Photo by IDM)
Berlin, May 2018
Gulf expert Sebastian Sons explained the US pullout from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of the P5+1 with Iran for the German broadcaster ZDF's Auslandsjournal and 3Sat Makro (each one in German).
Berlin, April 2018
Sebastian Sons gave various interviews on current developments in Saudi Arabia and the situation in the Gulf region for numerous German and international news outlets, such as HR Info, Businessinsider.de, die Schweizer Nachrichten, Tagesspiegel, DLF, DIE WELT, BILD, Tagesspiegel Causa, Deutsche Welle, Telepolis, Jungle World, Handelsblatt, IZ, Arab DW, Cibedo, Washington Post, Stuttgarter Zeitung, L'Express, WDR, ZDF Heute und dem ZDF Heute Journal.
Beirut, 10-13 April 2018
Michael Bauer facilitated a training course on strategy development and policy-making for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission on West Asia (UN-ESCWA) National Agenda for the Future of Syria Programme. A particular focus of the training was on the prospects and challenges for planning, formulating and implementing policies in conflict and post-conflict settings.
Bonn, 8 March 2018
Sebastian Sons spoke at a panel discussion, organized by the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) in Bonn on the topic of the Yemen conflict in the context of regional rivalries, focussing on the role of Saudi Arabia. The event was moderated by Gudrun Harrer (Der Standard).
Tutzing, 30 January 2018
At a conference on migration and forced displacement in Africa, Michael Bauer gave a talk on the Maghribian states and their role as transit countries as well as destination and countries of origin for migration flows. He discussed local socioeconomic and political conditions and focussed in particular on the situation in Morocco and Libya.
Geretsried, 11 January 2018
Michael Bauer gave a training session on causes of conflicts, human rights and civic engagement for members of the German Federal Volunteer Service at the educational center in Geretsried. The seminar also covered the prospects and challenges of development cooperation and international humanitarian relief work.
Baden-Baden, 21 December 2017
Anja Opitz has been co-editing (with Florian Böller, Steffen Hagemann and Jürgen Wilzeski) the volume "Die Zukunft der transatlantischen Gemeinschaft. Externe und interne Herausforderungen", published at NOMOS.
Munich, 16 December 2017
At the conference "Being Young in Bavaria - Ready for Europe" Michael Bauer, Christine Kamm (MdL) and George Rosenthal (MdL) discussed the EU Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe with German students. The event was organized by the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) and is part of the structured dialogue in Bavaria and the ERASMUS + Programme Youth in Action.
Geretsried, 22 November 2017
Michael Bauer gave a political education seminar on national and international human rights policy for young adults and members of the German Federal Volunteer Service at the educational center in Geretsried/ Germany. In addition, he discussed questions related to the causes of migration and flight as well as prospects and challenges of international development cooperation and humanitarian relief work.
Munich, 15 November 2017
At the Munich Roundtable on Security Affairs, Michael Bauer gave a talk on the challenges of implementing humanitarian relief and development cooperation projects in fragile states and conflict areas. A particular emphasis of his talk was on the impact of humanitarian relief efforts on the precarious societal equilibrium in states such as Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
Berlin, 7 November 2017
Sebastian Sons gave various interviews to European news channels and programs on recent developments in Saudi Arabia's domestic politics and on regional tensions between the Kingdom, Iran and Lebanon: Deutsche Welle, HR Info, Huffington Post, Radio Eins, Business Insider, MDR, Salzburg Nachrichten
Munich, 6 November 2017
Ludwig Schulz gave a lecture on the question in how far Turkey can still be considered a reliable partner to Germany and the West by the invitation of the Young Forum of the Foreign Affairs Association Munich.
Tutzing, 29-30 September 2017
At the conference "In drei Tagen durch die europäische Nachbarschaft" Michael Bauer, Ludwig Schulz and Dr. Edmund Ratka discussed about the political and socioeconomic developments of North Africa and the Middle East, EU-Turkey relations, and Europe's handling of the influx of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The conference was organized by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb), the Academy of Political Education in Tutzing (APB) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM). Dr. Anja Opitz and Sebastian Schäffer chaired the event.
Munich, 16 October 2017
Having published the C.A.Perspectives on Tunisia Policy Paper No. 03-2016 on the topic of “Entrepreneuriat en Tunisia: Recommendations pour relever les défis économiques” in 2016, the paper’s author, activist, trainer and businessman Mohamed Haroun Ouanes paid a visit to MEIA Research and the Center for Appiled Policy Research (C.A.P.) at Munich University to give a lecture on the conditions, challenges and potentials of how to enhance the spirit and level of entrepreneurship in Tunisia.
19-21 September 2017, Dead Sea
Christine Strassmaier represented MEIA Research at the 2017 MENA Think Tank Summit at the Dead Sea in Jordan. For three days,
more than 30 experts and distinguished scholars from the region's leading Think Tanks discussed crucial issues ranging from extremism and radicalization to economic development and cooperation,
the role of the youth and the challenges to establish regional security to the role of MENA’s think tanks to help to build a better future for the region. Christine had the special honour to
represent the only European Think Tanks on the panel on "What Role for MENA Think Tanks in the region?" and raised the importance and opportunity Think Tanks from the region must
have in engaging in providing policy-orientated research on the region's main challenges, such as the Syrian crisis, espcially post-conflict engagement as well as prolonged insecurity in Iraq.
Munich, 17 July 2017
MEIA Research organized in cooperation with the Academy for Civic Education and Research Tutzing, the Center for Applied Policy Research, and the Young Forum of the Foreign Policy Association a panel discussion on the topic "Qatar: Strategic Partner or Destabilizing Force?" The event took place at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich. Panel guests were Michael Bauer (MEIA Research), Dr. Gudrun Harrer (Der Standard, Vienna), Colonel (GS) Jörg Kunze (George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies), and Dr. David Roberts (King's College London).
Munich, 27 June 2017
Brussels, 29 May 2017
The Heinrich Boell Foundation's Brussels office has published an analysis by Ludwig Schulz on the current state of Turkey-EU relations, titled "Just a Second Theatre of Conflict? – Countering the Narrative of ‘Turkish democracy’."
Additionally, he was invited to a meeting at the office's venue for further debate.
A shorter, slightly changed version has been published by Euractive.com.
Fürstenfeldbruck, 24 May 2017
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the the civil wars in Syria and Iraq at the German Air Force Academy in Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany.
Claremont, CA, 27 Apr. 2017
Dr. Anja Opitz is scheduled to hold a talk on the topic "A Toothless Tiger Growing Up: EU's Security and Defense Revised" at Pomona College in Claremont, California.
Diepholz, 26/27 Apr. 2017
Dr. René Rieger taught a two-day seminar on the topic "Fragile Statehood at Europe's Borders: Dealing with Regional Key Players in the MENA Region" at the German Air Force post in Diepholz, Germany.
Munich, 13 Apr. 2017
Tutzing, 2 Apr. 2017
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on systemic transformation in the Arab World since 2011 at a seminar organized by the Academy for Civic Education and Research in Tutzing, Germany.
Tutzing, 25 Mar. 2017
Ludwig Schulz lectured on the topic "Frm. Accession Candidate? Turkey and the EU Integration" at the conference "The Turkey case of Dispute - Domestic, European and Security Politics" at the Academy for Civic Education and Research in Tutzing, Germany.
Tutzing, 23 Mar. 2017
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the historical making of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the Academy for Civic Education and Research in Tutzing, Germany.
Munich, 12 Mar. 2017
Ludwig Schulz gave several interviews for news outlets such as German RTL, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and the Danish Kristligt Dagblad on recent diplomatic rows between Turkey and European countries on the Turkish government's attempts to hold rallies in the run-up to the referendum on the introduction of a presidential system.
Barcelona, 28 Feb. 2017
Dr. René Rieger wrote a policy paper for the European-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo) on the limitations of and preconditions for effective multilateralism in attempting to bring an end to the Syrian civil war.
Berlin, 20 Feb. 2017
MEIA Research organized in cooperation with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) a panel discussion on the
topic "Human Rights in Iran: Subordinated to a Successful Realpolitik?" The event took place at the DGAP headquarters in Berlin. Panel guests were Dr. Anicée van Engeland, LL.M. (Cranfield
University), Dr. René Wildangel (Amnesty International), and Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad (DGAP).
Dr. René Rieger moderated the event.
Munich, 19 Feb. 2017
MEIA Research organized in cooperation with the Austrian Society for Policy Analysis (OGP) and the Working Group on Foreign and Security Policy of the CSU in Bavaria (ASP) a panel discussion on the topic "Turkey in 2017: Friend or Foe of the West?" The event took place at the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich. Panel guests were Brigadier General (ret.) Dr. Erich Vad (former military advisor to Chancellor Angela Merkel), Dr. Magdalena Kirchner (RAND Corporation), Mehmet Murat Yetkin (Hürriyet Daily News), and Efgani Dönmez (former member of the Austrian Federal Council). Ludwig Schulz moderated the event.
London, 9 Feb. 2017
Dr. René Rieger and Sebastian Sons contribute a chapter on Saudi Arabia's regional policy since 2011 to the newly published edited volume "Reassessing Order and Disorder in the Middle East. Regional Imbalance or Disintegration", edited by Robert Mason.
Hofstetten, 19 Jan. 2017
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the 2016 U.S. presidential and congressional elections and their expected effects on Germany's foreign and security policy at a meeting of the Landsberg/Lech regional organization of the CSU Working Group on Foreign and Security Policy.