Beyond reconstruction: European cooperation with conflict-affected countries in the Middle East and North Africa
Public Panel Debate
German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
In the wake of the Arabellion and the ‘Arab winter’, a new, peaceful order in Europe's neighbouring region is not yet apparent. With the exception of Tunisia, the social, economic and political conflicts that erupted in 2011 have either been suppressed or partially addressed through superficial reforms to bring about ‘stability’ and to ‘combat the root causes of migration’.
Authoritarian Arab regimes and Russia have stepped into the power vacuum left behind by the United States’ withdrawal from the region. They both support and undermine local actors, and they have projected their geo-strategic interests into the internal conflict situations of fragile societies, such as Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq.
Within these geopolitical parameters, Europe has acted more in response to the region’s challenges, rather than actively supporting and shaping the peacebuilding and reconstruction processes. Europe has long used conventional forms of cooperation to support political ‘stabilization’ and, to an extent, (re)building infrastructure, as well as providing humanitarian aid.
More, however, is required of Europe. A real paradigm shift and change of perspective is needed, both in terms of addressing challenges beyond destroyed material and social infrastructure, and in terms of possible coordination of roles with global and regional hegemonic powers.
This panel debate highlights how Germany and the EU institutions are dealing with these potentially conflicting goals, and debates practical approaches to supporting local and regional peacebuilding and reconstruction processes in the MENA.
- Patrick Lobis, Head of Political Team, European Commission Representation in Berlin
- Colin Scicluna, Director/Deputy Managing Director MENA, European External Action Service
- NN, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (TBC)
- Dania Koleilat Khatib, Affiliated Scholar, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at American University of Beirut
- Bernhard Trautner, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
- Fleur Just-Azimour, Executive Director, Peaceful Change Initiative
- Mark Furness, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Participants are invited to continue discussions over light refreshments following the round table debate.
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16.09.2019 / 17:30 - 19:30
European Commission Representation
Unter den Linden
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