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Summer courses: "International politics and political change in North Africa and the Middle East: current challenges"

From April 15, 2021 until July 21, 2021The course will be held from July 19 to 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Auditorio de Casa Árabe - Córdoba. Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9, 14003, Córdoba The course will be held from July 19 to 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration now open.
In Spanish.

The Pablo Olavide University (UPO) of Seville, Casa Árabe and the Euro-Arab Foundation have joined forces to organize this summer course, to be held remotely from July 19 to 21, 2021. The course will be taught by leading specialists in the contemporary Arab-Islamic world.  

Directed by Professors Veguilla del Moral and Govantes Romero, both with the Department of Public Law at the UPO, the goal sought is to provide students with the analytical tools they need to understand the regional and international policy challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) today.

The course will focus on the challenges which arose after the upheaval caused by social mobilizations during the Arab Spring and the armed conflicts which broke out in the region. The aim is to present the main dynamics affecting the region (migratory processes, human rights violations, the interests of international organizations and foreign powers, disenchanted youths, etc.), through a global approach, but also from the perspective of political change in authoritarian regimes,, specifying particular features in each location which we examine, as a result of the trajectories each has followed. 

The program is intended mainly for students and graduates in International Relations, Political Science, Communication Sciences, Translation, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Sociology and Law, as well as media and civil society professionals.

This course will help participants deliberate and develop reasoned arguments on these issues, placing the region within its proper global context, but without losing sight of the local and regional dynamics, cultures and political traditions of each country.

The sessions will be taught by authorities with recognition in their respective fields, allowing students to explore and delve into the great diversity of the contemporary Arab-Islamic world in a ambience which affords them close contact with specialists on the region.

Due to the current situation caused by COVID-19, giving this course online provides the perfect opportunity to connect and share experience with people from all over the world, while at the same time making it possible to do so from any location.

Session 1) Human rights in the MENA region (Laura Feliu, UAB)
Session 2) The challenge of migratory flows (Ana Planet Contreras, UAM)
Session 3) EU policy towards North Africa and the Middle East (Irene Fernández Molina, University of Exeter)
Session 4) Algeria’s future as an oil-producing nation and its impact on regional governance (Miguel Hernando de Larramendi, UCLM, and Aurelia Mañé Estrada, UB)
Session 5) European neighborhood policy in North Africa (Bosco Govantes Romero, UPO)
Session 6) Political change in Morocco (María Angustias Parejo Fernández, UGR)
Session 7) The exploitation of natural resources in the Western Sahara (Victoria Veguilla del Moral, UPO)
Session 8) Tunisian political disengagement seen through its elections (Antonio Alfonso, Universidad Loyola Andalucía)
Session 9) Peripheral social movements in the Maghreb (Miguel Hernando de Larramendi, UCLM)
Session 10) Round table discussion: “Journalism-research synergies in field work in the Middle East and North Africa.”
Session 11) Political conflict in Yemen (Ewa Strzelecka, UGR)
Session 12) New dynamics in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict (Itxaso Domínguez de Olazábal, UC3M / Fundación Alternativas)
Session 13) Turkey’s regional role (Carmen Rodríguez López, UAM)

Those students who attend at least 85% of the program’s scheduled class hours may request a diploma of attendance and/or achievement.

Registration will continue up until all spaces are filled. The course will be held online from July 19 to 21, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The course consists of 20 course hours (1.5 ECTS credits). The tuition is €50, with the possibility of receiving a full scholarship (100% of tuition) or a half-scholarship (50%)

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Summer courses: "International politics and political change in North Africa and the Middle East: current challenges"