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Vienna, 17 December 2021
Wolfgang Mühlberger wrote an analysis on the OSCE's cooperative approach to Middle East and North African security, ten years after the Arab Spring, for the Italian Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).
Wiesbaden, 1 December 2021
Ludwig Schulz and Nur Köprülü (University of the Middle East Lefkoşa) wrote a chapter (in German) on Turkish-Jordanian relations since 2016 for the book "Turkey's Foreign Policy in the Middle East. A survey since 2016" (in German only), edited by Prof. Wolfgang Gieler and Dr. Christian Henrich, published by Springer.
Beirut, 17 October 2021
It's been two years that mass protests against a corrupt and dysfunctional political system and for wider reforms have erupted, little has changed since politically in Lebanon. The economic crisis is worse than ever. There are hardly any prospects for genuine reforms. Only the elections scheduled for 2022 offer a little hope. Michael Bauer analyses the situation in his Länderbericht (available in German only) for Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Lebanon.
Munich, 9 June 2021
Call for Participation to the 2021 Young Security Conference in Munich
In 2021, MEIA Research again supports the Young Security Conference (YSC), a joint program for young professionals and academics in the field of security studies. The YSC aims at connecting young thinkers with policy experts and academic scholars in a dialogue about the future of European security and defence. It combines a flagship conference with a strategic fellowship programme.
We cordially invite Master Students, PhD candidates, post-docs and young professionals from around the world to present their work and proposals at this second edition of the Young Security Conference Programme, this time on the topic of
"The EU's strategic autonomy. Momentum for change"
The YSC 2021 takes place on the 12th and 13th of July in Munich at the historic Amerikahaus in a hybrid format, meaning all sessions will be streamed live and workshops will be held online. This year, the YSC will host policy sessions with high-ranking policy makers & some of the best thinkers from all over Europe! Some of the morning-session workshops are dedicated to the YSC Fellows (selected through this call for participation), to critically discuss diverse topics and to foster political innovation. The afternoon- and evening sessions will be organised in close cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the Thomas-Dehler-Foundation and are open to the public.
Through the submission of policy papers, workshops, panels, and innovative exchanges and techniques, the conference provides a perfect environment for sharing and discussing new ideas related to the new EU strategic autonomy at all levels.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we propose to incoming fellows and the entire YSC alumni community a special training programme: during the one-year YSC Fellowship, Fellows will have the occasion to present their ideas, works and proposals, to discuss and exchange with high ranked panellists and ‘academic advisors’. The YSC Fellowship program will focus on many issues related to the future of Strategic autonomy and European Affairs.
For all information click the following pdf file.
Haifa, 20 May 2021
Katharina Konarek gave shared her insights on rising tensions within the Israeli society between Jews and Arabs, and on the military escalation between Israel and Gaza, in an interview with Die Wochendämmerung and an article for dis:orient.
Amman, 11 April 2021
In an essay for Qantara.de and in talks with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Edmund Ratka reflects the historical past and contemporary situation and role of Jordan on the occasion of the foundation of the Hashemite Kingdom in 1921, 100 years ago.
Amman, 5 April 2021
Edmund Ratka informed in a statement and an interview to Deutschlandfunk Kultur about recent turmoil in Jordan, after rumors about a planned coup against the monarch from royal and military ranks appeared in public.
Haifa, 23 March 2021
Amman, 9 March 2021
Dr. Edmund Ratka published an analysis on German-Jordanian relations - "Jordan as a partner of Germany's Middle East policy" (in German).
Bamako, 16 February 2021
Thomas Schiller gave an interview to Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (in German) about the so called G5 summit of the Sahel countries - Niger, Mali, Mauretania, Chad and Burkina Faso - taking place after France's decision to withdraw troops for its fight against terrorism that shakes the region.
Berlin, 11 February 2021
How do politics and literature relate to each other? Where does Egypt stand, ten years after the toppling of long-term dictator Hosni Mubarak? How stable are authoritarian regimes in North Africa and the Middle East? The Egyptian novelist Alaa Al-Aswany answered these questions in an interview conducted by Michael Bauer.
Berlin, 17 December 2020
Ten years ago a massive wave of protests started in the Tunisian countryside and shook authoritarian regimes across the MENA-region. In his position as policy advisor at Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, Michael Bauer gave an interview on the causes of the Arab Spring and how the region has developed since.