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10. The geopolitics of conflict and cooperation in the Mediterranean (ENGLISH) Play

10. The geopolitics of conflict and cooperation in the Mediterranean (ENGLISH)

Published at 53 17,,, 19 2019
On Tuesday, May 21, we held a new session in our event series titled “Dialogues on Open Societies” in Madrid, with this conference. Taking part were Gerald Knaus, founder of the European Stability Initiative, and Kristina Kausch, a senior researcher for the German Marshall Fund. Moderated by: Eduard Soler i Lecha, a senior researcher at the CIDOB. The rivalries between regional powers have been shifting and changing since the 2011 uprisings. Alliances are becoming increasingly volatile and inconsistent, in terms of both state and non-state role-players. In order to understand the way these conflicts are being redefined, as well as seeking out paths for cooperation in the Mediterranean, it is essential that we examine internal, regional and global dynamics. This analysis will take a look at a few specific cases and the way in which the EU has reacted to crises, above all in fields like migration and security. Similarly, there will be a discussion of United States’ role in the region and the way in which geopolitical borders have grown blurrier, involving neighboring regions like the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and the Balkans, as well. Gerald Knaus is the founder of the European Stability Initiative, a think-tank with offices in Berlin, Brussels and Vienna, which does work on southeastern Europe, the Caucuses, European expansion the future of the EU. Kraus studied at the Universities of Oxford, Brussels and Bologna, and has taught Economics at the University of Chernivtsi in Ukraine, as well as working for five years at NGOs and international entities in Bulgaria and Bosnia-Herzegovina. From 2001 to 2004, he worked at the UN Mission in Kosovo. He was a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and is a specialist on state-building processes and intervention. Kristina Kausch joined the German Marshall Fund in Brussels in 2016. Ms. Kausch’s research focuses on Europe’s political relations with the Middle East and North Africa, political transformations in the Arab world and geopolitical trends in the Middle East. Prior to that, she worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, directed the Middle East Program at FRIDE, and was an expert at the German cooperation agency GIZ. She has had three books published on the region, as well as articles in both academic journals and the written press (The Guardian, El País, Middle East Eye and Süddeutsche Zeitung). Eduard Soler i Lecha is a senior researcher at CIDOB and the scientific coordinator of MENARA, a European project on geopolitical changes in the Middle East and North Africa. He is a political scientist and has a PhD in International Relations from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His fields of work include: Euro-Mediterranean relations, Turkey’s foreign and domestic policy, political change in North Africa and the Middle East, Spain’s Mediterranean policy and cooperation in the field of security in the Mediterranean. More info: http://en.casaarabe.es/event/“dialogues-on-open-societies”-series-of-conferences#14545


  • Conference: "Tea with Nefertiti"Show video

    Conference: "Tea with Nefertiti"

    Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, the co-founders Art reoriented, a multidisciplinary curatorial platform based in Munich and New York, talk about their critically acclaimed exhibition Tea with Nefertiti, currently on show at IVAM, Valencia after a successful run at Mathaf, Doha and IMA, Paris. Through discussing the curatorial premise and methodology behind the show, they highlight the ways through which an artwork acquires different meanings and agencies when it travels through time and place. Through employing the Nefertiti bust as a metaphorical thread, and by interrogating the contested history of Egyptian Museum collections from the 19th century onwards, Bardaouil and Fellrath explore how an artwork can become a tool for the writing of much-contested narratives that serve as frameworks through which an image of another culture can be imagined and consequently fixed. More info: http://en.casaarabe.es/news/tea-with-nefertiti-the-creation-of-images-of-culture-through-the-arts
    Published at 36 12,,, 14 2014
  • Conferencia: "En primera persona", por Afif Safieh [V.O inglés/español]Show video

    Conferencia: "En primera persona", por Afif Safieh [V.O inglés/español]

    Ponencia inaugural de la Semana de Palestina en Casa Árabe, a cargo de uno de los diplomáticos palestinos más experimentados. Afif Safieh ha servido en las tres capitales de mayor importancia política: Londres, Washington y Moscú. Musa Amer Odeh, embajador de Palestina en España, y Eduardo López Busquets, director general de Casa Árabe, presentan el acto.
    Published at 36 12,,, 14 2014
  • Ministerial Debate Forum on the Future of Tourism in the MENA RegionShow video

    Ministerial Debate Forum on the Future of Tourism in the MENA Region

    Casa Árabe and the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) organize a Ministerial Debate Forum on The Future of Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA according to its acronym in English) with the cooperation of Casa Mediterráneo, as well as the support of IFEMA and Fitur 2014. The forum brings together the Tourism Ministers of the countries which receive the most tourism in the region and will be devoted to analyzing the future prospects of the tourism industry in the region. The official opening is presided over by the State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Gonzalo de Benito Secades, the General Director of Casa Árabe, Eduardo López Busquets, and the Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization, Taleb Rifai. More: http://en.casaarabe.es/news/ministerial-debate-forum-on-the-future-of-tourism-in-the-mena-region-
    Published at 36 12,,, 14 2014
  • Conference: "Microfinance in the Arab World", by Tawfiq NassarShow video

    Conference: "Microfinance in the Arab World", by Tawfiq Nassar

    Conference given by Tawfiq Nassar. Since the earliest experiments carried out in the 1970's to provide small loans to people or groups with few economic resources (usually excluded from the traditional financial system), micro-loans have grown exponentially and have now become a sophisticated industry. However, experiences in the Arab region vary greatly from one country to the next. In terms of products, scale and inclusiveness, microfinancing still has a great deal of potential to be developed in this area. More: www.casaarabe.es/noticias-arabes/show/microfinanzas-en-el-mundo-arabe
    Published at 34 12,,, 14 2014
  • Conference: "New Art Market Scenarios: The Emerging Scene in Saudi ArabiaShow video

    Conference: "New Art Market Scenarios: The Emerging Scene in Saudi Arabia

    What characterizes the emerging art scene in the Gulf region? What place does Saudi Arabia hold, and more specifically the cities of Riyadh and Jeddah, in its development? In what direction are the artists, collectors and managers who work in the region looking? Taking advantage of the special moment provided by the ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair and the exhibition by Ayman Yossri in Madrid, Casa Árabe and Madrid's Sabrina Amrani Gallery are organizing a round table discussion with role-players who have first-hand knowledge of this cultural reality, which is not commonly experienced within our country's art scene. Visual artist Ayman Yossri converses with collector Basma Al Sulaiman, the founder of Basmoca, Saudi Arabia's first virtual art museum, and with Sara Raza, an art curator and expert on art from Central Asia and the Middle East, with a great deal of experience in the Gulf region. More: en.casaarabe.es/news/new-art-market-scenarios-the-emerging-scene-in-saudi-arabia
    Published at 34 12,,, 14 2014