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Workshop: European Foreign Policies and the Challenges of political Reconfigurations in the Arab World

Introduction

European Foreign Policies and the Challenges of political Reconfigurations in the Arab World (Rome) PosterThe purpose of this conference, organized jointly by WAFAW, the French Embassy in Italy, LUISS Guido Carli University, Sciences Po and other French academic institutions, is to reflect of the challenfges that European diplomacy is called to tackle, in the light of the changing political balance in the Mediterranean and Near East areas. This academic meeting, that is held in Rome (Italy) during the Italian presidency of the European Council, will seek to provide insights into the ways that European diplomatic practices have, both at the Union and Member States level, reacted or adapted to such a dramatic context.

The complexity of the different scenarios opened by the recent revolts, that are still upsetting some of the Mediterranean countries, requires thoughtful and appropriate interpretations. Islamic radicalism, the management of migration processes, the positions to be adopted with regard to dynamics of authoritarian resilience call for new responsiveness and responsibility of European actors and institutions.

Programme

THURSDAY OCTOBER 30TH, 2014, FROM 9:00 TO 18:00
VENUE: LUISS GUIDO CARLI UNIVERSITY, ROMA
VIALE ROMANIA 32, AULA 404

European Foreign Policies and the Challenges of political Reconfigurations in the Arab World (Rome)

9:00 to 9:30 Opening and welcome
Paola Severino – Vice-rector LUISS, former Justice Minister
Catherine Colonna – French Ambassador in Italy

9:30 to 10:30 Introduction
Chair: Sebastiano Maffettone – TABLES, Chairman of the LUISS School
of Journalism
Michele Valensise – Ambassador, Secretary General of the Italian Ministry
of Foreign Affairs
Yves Aubin de La Messuzière – Former French Ambassador, President of
the Mission Laïque française
Naceur Mestiri – Tunisian Ambassador in Italy

10:45 to 11:30 European Institutions and the ’Arab Revolts’
Chair: Melina Decaro – TABLES, Director Master MTT of the SOG, LUISS
Christian Lequesne – CERI, Sciences Po
The strange EU Mediterranean policy or when securalism excused authoritarism
Francesco Alicino – LUM University of Bari
Religion and Citizenship in the Context of the Arab Spring
Discussant: Laure Delcour – IRIS

11:30 to 13:00 National diplomacies and the crisis in the Arab region (case studies)
Chair: François Burgat – IREMAM, WAFAW
Pasquale Ferrara – Secretary General of the European University Institute
Continuity vs. Stability. Changing diplomatic patterns after the Arab Spring
Manon-Nour Tanous – PhD student, Paris II
French diplomacy in Syria
Christian Jouret – Former French and European diplomat
EU diplomacy and the Bahrain Crisis
Discussant: Mohammed Hashas – Researcher LUISS

14:15 to 15:45 Post-2011 Arab diplomacies and the EU
Chair: Francesca Corrao – TABLES, Director Master MISLAM of the SOG, LUISS
Nassif Hitti – Ambassador of the Arab League
Europe and the Arab world challenges and future perspectives
François Burgat – IREMAM, WAFAW
Arab diplomacies and the Syrian Crisis
Egyptian diplomacy under Mursi
Discussant: Laurent Bonnefoy – CERI, Sciences Po, WAFAW

15:45 to 17:15 Beyond official diplomacy: civil societies, media, regional organization
Chair: Laure Delcour – IRIS
Zaid Eyadat – University of Jordan
The EU and Arab civil society: bounded democracy promotion
Myriam Benraad – CERI associate researcher
European NGOs and the crisis in the Arab world
Anna Bozzo – Roma 3 University
The diplomacy of Human Rights NGOs: the Tunisian case 2010-2011
Discussant: Valentina Gentile – Vice director of the Center for Ethics and
Global Studies

17:15 to 18:00 Conclusions
Alain Gresh – Le Monde diplomatique
Francesca Corrao – TABLES, Director Master MISLAM of the SOG, LUISS