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Conference

Rethinking the European Union's Neighbourhood Policies towards the Middle East and North Africa

Global Futures: The Annual Members' Conference

18 Nov 2010 - 00:00 to 19 Nov 2010 - 00:00

Chatham House, London

Organized in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK


The conference will explore new ways of Europe's engagement with the Middle East that allows for differential approaches to individual states whilst also encompassing the new, emerging trans-national and trans-regional dynamism. It will propose new paths EU could take in reshaping and uniting its policies towards the Middle East region.

  • Are the existing agreements between EU and its neighbours (ENP, Barcelona Process, Eastern Partnership) balanced and effective?
  • To what extent is the EU policy of seeking political reform and liberalisation in the MENA region reconcilable with the EU's desire for stability and security in the region?
  • Would a Middle East peace settlement introduce a new dynamic?
  • Do the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries represent a political and economic space that is an untapped opportunity for the EU?
  • Can the EU traverse another 20 years without defining its ultimate borders and uniting its neighbourhood policy?

 

  • Alistair Burt MP

    • Minister for Middle East and North Africa
  • Hesham Youssef

    • Chief of Cabinet of the Secretary General
  • Jonathan Scheele

    • Head of Representation
  • Gilles Bertrand

    • Member of the Cabinet, Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy
  • Fadi Hakura

    • Associate Fellow, Europe Programme
  • Jon Marks

    • Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
  • Alastair Newton

    • Senior Political Analyst, Managing Director, Nomura International plc and
  • Clara Marina O’Donnell

    • Research Fellow
  • Carina O’Reilly

    • Senior Analyst, Europe, IHS Jane’s
  • Nadim Shehadi

    • Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
  • Dr Claire Spencer

    • Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme
  • Dr Mina Toksoz

    • Head, Country Risk
  • Sinan Ülgen

    • Chairman
  • Richard Whitman

    • Professor of Politics, Department of European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath
  • Stefan Wolff

    • Professor of International Security, Department of Political Science and International Studies
  • Dr Richard Youngs

    • Director-General

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Session One
Overview

  • The European Union's Neighbourhood policy aims to create a ring of well governed states around the EU with shared political ideals in terms of democracy and human rights. Is this realistic for all neighbours and what needs to be done in individual cases to promote these ideals?
  • Are the existing agreements between the EU and its neighbours (ENP, Barcelona Process, Eastern Partnership) balanced and effective?
  • Intended to invigorate it, has the creation of the Union for the Mediterranean strengthened or weakened the EU's policy towards North Africa and the Middle East?
  • To what extent is the EU policy of seeking political reform and liberalization in the MENA region reconcilable with it's desire for stability and security in the region?
  • Would a Middle East peace settlement introduce a new regional dynamic?

09.30
Chair Alastair Newton
Senior Political Analyst, Managing Director, Nomura International plc and
Council Member, Chatham House

09.35
Opening Address
Jonathan Scheele (on the record)
Head of Representation
European Commission Representation in the UK

09.45
Keynote Address
Hesham Youssef (on the record)
Chief of Cabinet of the Secretary General
League of Arab States

10.15
Speaker Panel and Discussion
Dr Richard Youngs
Director-General
Fundacion para lss Relaciones Internationales y el Dialogo Exterior (FRIDE), Spain

Sinan Ülgen
Chairman
Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), Turkey

Professor Richard Whitman
Professor of Politics, Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, University of Bath
Associate Fellow, Europe, Chatham House

Jonathan Scheele

Hesham Youssef

11.15 - 11.45 Refreshments

Session Two
The Role of Economics

  • Do the Middle East and North Africa countries represent a political and economic space that is an untapped opportunity for the EU?
  • Europe's energy needs and hydrocarbon suppliers: issues and approaches
  • Would a Middle East peace settlement introduce a new economic dynamic to the region?

11.45
Chair John Peet
Europe Editor
The Economist

11.50
Overview
Dr Claire Spencer (on the record)
Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Chatham House

12.05
Speaker Panel
Dr Mina Toksoz
Head, Country Risk
Standard Bank

Vanessa Rossi
Senior Research Fellow, International Economics Programme
Chatham House

Jon Marks
Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Chatham House

Dr Claire Spencer

Questions and Discussion

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

Session Three
Enhancing EU Stability: Labour, Migration and Development

  • Could political instability and domestic upheavals in the Balkans and the MENA region spill over into the borders of the EU? What threats does this pose?
  • The Neighbourhood Policy looks to strike a balanced migration management strategy where illegal immigrants are kept out, but highly skilled workers from neighbouring countries are welcome: how is this working in practice?
  • To what extent does the current shape of the EU's Neighbourhood Policy reflect its security needs?
  • What is the EU's role in tackling the Middle-East peace-process and how can it be enhanced?

14.00
Chair Carina O'Reilly
Senior Analyst, Europe, IHS Jane's
Deputy Editor, Jane's Intelligence Review

14.05
Overview
Professor Stefan Wolff (on the record)
Professor of International Security, Department of Political Science and International Studies
University of Birmingham

14.20
Speaker Panel
Clara Marina O'Donnell
Research Fellow
Centre for European Reform

Dr Roderick Parkes
Head of Brussels Office, EU Integration Research Division
German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

Professor Stefan Wolff

Questions and Discussion

15.10 - 15.30 Refreshments

Session Four
Recasting EU Neighbourhood Policy

  • Can the EU traverse another 20 years without defining its ultimate borders and uniting its Neighbourhood Policy?
  • What reforms are needed to current regional initiatives?
  • Does strengthening bonds move all countries involved towards a larger free market zone?
  • Does this strengthen the network of economies or make it more vulnerable?
  • Can we discern the outlines of new 'inner clubs' and groups that drive towards deeper integration with the MENA Region?

15.30
Chair Professor Richard Whitman
Professor of Politics, Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, University of Bath
Associate Fellow, Europe, Chatham House

15.40
Keynote Address
Alistair Burt MP (on the record)
Minister for Middle East and North Africa
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

16.10
Speaker Panel
Gilles Bertrand
Member of the Cabinet
Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy
European Commission

Nadim Shehadi
Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Chatham House

Fadi Hakura
Associate Fellow, Europe Programme
Chatham House

Questions and Discussion

17.00 End of conference and Reception

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