Berlin, 17 December 2020

ten Years Since the Arab Spring

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. 

Munich, 15 December 2020

10 Years After the Arab Spring: retrospective and Look ahead

Discussion with Book Presentation and Talks with Experts (Online)

organized by the Center for Applied Policy Research at Munich University, MEIA Research and Tunisian partners


Munich, 15 December 2020, 17:40 – 18:45 & 18:50 – 19:55 CET


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On 17 December 2010, the self-immolation of the street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid triggered a transnational wave of protest and a historic upheaval. Decades-old autocratic regimes fell, civil wars and counterrevolutions followed in some states in the region, reforms and new social dynamics in others.


For ten years “the Arab world” has been changing its face. What are the major challenges, but also what opportunities are facing the people of the region and with them their European neighbors? What role does Germany play, what can we contribute to change?


With Franz Maget, former Bavarian top politician and late-appointed staff member at the German embassies in Cairo and Tunis as well as consultant, author and editor of the book “Ten Years of the Arab Spring – What’s now?“, we want to get to the bottom of the causes and consequences of the uprisings in the region. Particular emphasis is placed on the situation in Tunisia, the only country to have made a transition to democracy.


Voices directly from Tunisia – participants in the program “Political Consulting and Strategy Development”, which the C.A.P. has been implementing since 2016 with the Union des Tunésiens Indépendents pour la Liberté and other partners in the framework of a multi-year cooperation between the Free State of Bavaria and the Republic of Tunisia – provide insights into current social, economic and political challenges the country faces.

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Istanbul, 8 December 2020

Turkey and the EU in global political economy

The Berlin Bosphorus Initiative, organized by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSIAD) published the paper titled "Turkey and the EU in global political economy" by Ludwig Schulz in its BBI InBrief series.

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Berlin, 5 October 2020

Multilateralism in the Middle East

In their article "On the Search for Order in the Middle East and North Africa" for Konrad Adenauer Foundation's publication series Auslandsinformationen, Michael Bauer and Dr. Edmund Ratka analyse the prospects and challenges for multilateral approaches in the Middle East. The publication can be accessed here.

Tutzing, 14 September 2020

The changing Middle East

At a teachers' seminar on "The changing Middle East", organized by Anja Opitz at the Academy of Civic Education Tutzing, Michael Bauer, Edmund Ratka and Ludwig Schulz  lectured on the topics of "The systemic transformation of the Middle East", "The democratic transition in Tunisia" and "The Gulf countries between social modernization, authoritarian rule and ambitious foreign policies", respectively.

Berlin, 20 August 2020

Libya-Developments in the shadow of corona

For Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, Michael Bauer co-authored a report on the political developments in Libya's internationalized conflict in the shadow of the Corona crisis. Foreign interference in the country remains high. 

Bamako, 6 July 2020

the situation in the Sahel

From his base in Bamako, Mali, Thomas Schiller wrote an analysis of the regional security and stability situation in the Sahel region for the Auslandsinformationen of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Munich, 3 July 2020

Interview on Israel's annexation plan

Katharina Konarek gave an extended interview on current Middle East issues, and Israel's annexation plans in particular, to the podcast channel "Die Wochendämmerung" (in German).

Berlin, 9 April 2020

Analysis of EU-mission IRINI

Michael Bauer co-authored with his colleague Simon Engelkes from Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung an analysis on the newly-launched EU naval mission Irini. The mission is to monitor the international arms embargo against Libya that was imposed already in 2011 but has been repeatedly broken since. The publication is available in German only. 

Munich, 16 February 2020

first Young Security Conference Munich


The first Young Security Conference on "New European Union security Roadmaps" at the sidelines of the main Munich Security Conference has been taking place this weekend, organized by EuropaNova and the University of the German Armed Forces Munich and by the support, beyond others, of MEIA Research and, in particular as speaker and panelist, Anja Opitz. The event gathered more than 30 young security scholars and professionals from Europe and beyond, exchaning views and working on new thinking about current and future security issues.

Beirut, 23-24 Januar 2020

Monitoring Mission with UN-ESCWA/ NAFS continues

Michael Bauer and Silvia Simbeck facilitated another self-monitoring workshop with the team of UN ESCWA's National Agenda for the Future of Syria (NAFS) program. The workshop covered the status of the program, ongoing activities, challenges and next steps. A specific focus was also on the development of the NAFS program beyond 2020. MEIA Research implements the monitoring project for UN ESCWA and GIZ during the project period 2018-2020. 

Berlin, 17-20 January 2020

Berlin Conference on Libya

Michael Bauer gave various interviews for German media analyzing expectations and results of the conference on Libya that was hosted by the German government on January 19 in Berlin. The event brought together international stakeholders of the conflict in Libya, among them countries that support fighting groups in Libya and thereby fuel the conflict. 

Bamako, 15 January 2020

France's Sahel Summit in Pau: a new start?

Thomas Schiller analyzed the attempt and results of French President Emmanuel Macron's summit with the heads of state and government of the G5 Sahel Alliance (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauretania, Niger and Chad) in Pau.

Berlin, 13 January 2020

reaktions on General Soleimanis' death