2019

The Mediterranean Women Digital Summit

by Amine Ben Naceur

MED Women for Social Innovation
After a first successful kick-off last year, the Regional Program South Mediterranean organized, under the high patronage of the Tunisian Presidency, the second edition of the Mediterranean Women Digital Summit. From the 23 to 24 September 2019, more than 70 experts, social entrepreneurs, and representatives from international organizations coming from 12 different countries gathered in Tunis to discuss the opportunities lying under digital social innovations in shaping a more sustainable and inclusive development in the Southern Mediterranean.

2019

EU-North Africa Relations: Resetting the Dialogue on Partnership

Panel discussion
In light of the changes and challenges in North Africa, the European Union has been forced to rethink its approach towards the region. While Tunisia is the only North African country engaged in DCFTA negotiations with the EU, it appears as if the traditional instruments of the EU are not effectively responding to the current economic and political setup in the region and leave expectations on both shores of the Mediterranean unfulfilled.

2019

Mapping Middle Eastern Alliances

Mediterranean Advisory Group Meeting
The workshop organized by the Regional Program South Mediterranean of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with the Casa Árabe, took a closer look at old and new patterns of Middle Eastern alliances. It assessed the major changes in regional cooperation trends both among states and between states and non-state actors. It further identified clusters of new alliance paradigms, and discussed the impact that the combination of these new patterns may have on the future of the region’s geopolitics and security.

2019

Municipal Councils and Local Peacebuilding in Libya

Back to the Basics?
The KAS Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean in cooperation with the Madrid-based think tank Stractegia organized a Libyan-Libyan dialogue event in Tunis. The closed-door roundtable brought together Libyan politicians, governmental officials, members of the civil society, of security institutions and the private sector. Representatives of selected international institutions joined as observers.

2019

Libya Task Force

Haftar's Assault on Tripoli: Status Quo and Outlook
Since the beginning of Khalifa Haftar’s offensive on Tripoli on 4 April 2019, the Libyan capital has witnessed yet another humanitarian crisis with hundreds of people killed and thousands displaced. While GNA-aligned militias have started their counteroffensive to reclaim the territories taken by the LNA, the forces competing over the control of Tripolitania find themselves in a standoff as the Eastern offensive on the capital turned into a siege.

2019

Leadership, Negotiation, and Lobbying: Skills for successful NGO work

MENA Leadership Academy II-3
From 24 to 27 April, the KAS Regional Program South Mediterranean invited 20 young activists from the Mediterranean region to Istanbul for the third training in the framework of the second generation of the KAS MENA Leadership Academy.

2019

A Debate on Regional Order in the Levant

Roundtable Discussion
The Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean of KAS has organized in cooperation with the International Relations Council of Turkey and the Center for Turkish Studies a high-caliber panel discussion on the regional order in the Levant. The event took place on April 25th at the Kadir Has University in Istanbul and is the continuation of a conference and an anthology on the topic prepared in collaboration by the KAS Regional Program South Mediterranean and the International Relations Council of Turkey.

2019

Cyber-Geopolitics and the Future of Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa

Expert Workshop
Over the last decade, cyber space has developed into a major theatre for competition and conflict, also in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Cyber geopolitics and digital proxy warfare arguably re-shape regional conflict dynamics and alter power balances between states and non-state actors with asymmetrical military capabilities. Cyberattacks on civilian and military targets, disinformation campaigns and data leakages are daunting challenges with fierce consequences. Yet, governments and security institutions as well as private companies and civil society organizations in the region do not seem prepared in terms of strategies and capabilities to deal with this new dimension of conflict.