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On 20 June, like every year since 2001, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) celebrates World Refugee Day to raise awareness among the international community about this serious problem.
The conflict in Yemen is at a standstill. Over two years have gone by since the start of the war and none of the factions in confrontation has managed to militarily assert its authority. According to the United Nations, over 10,000 have died and 40,000 have been injured, 3 million have become domestic displaced people and half the population is living in a situation of food insecurity. For the NGOs it is a "humanitarian crisis"; for the international community it is an almost unnoticed, forgotten, conflict.
Daesh uses Islam to claim responsibility for and legitimise its terrorist actions, the persecution of minorities or the execution of people. This movement is usually labelled Islamist but some argue that its action has little or nothing to do with what the Koran prescribes.
According to a 2017 survey by Reports Without Borders on press freedom, Turkey occupies position 155 of 180 countries analysed. Since last year, and after the failed coup of July and the subsequent purges led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country has dropped four positions in the ranking that the NGO publishes annually. At present, Amnesty International estimates that over 120 journalists have been imprisoned in the country, a figure that according to some organisations reaches 163.
“If we look at the current map of Syria it seems that the conflict is highly fragmented: there are zones controlled by the regime, others in the hands of the rebels, the Kurdish militias, the Islamic State... But, in fact, after the fall of the east of Aleppo in December, the regime and its allies, Russia and Iran, have become stronger and now seek to regain control of the east of the county, from which they have been almost excluded for four years.”
In 2011, while the wave of protests against authoritarianism was spreading through the Maghreb and the Middle East, Palestine, an example of popular mobilisation over recent decades, looked on from the sidelines and had no "Arab Spring".
A lecture on the complex web of actors involved in the Syrian conflict, particularly the Sunni and Shiite Islamist groups, by Ignacio Álvarez Ossorio, Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Alicante, closed the third annual cycle of lectures Aula Mediterrània.
Around 100 researchers and experts from study centres and think tanks of over 20 European and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries are debating today and tomorrow in Barcelona the scope of the threat of violent extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean region and how to confront it. The debates take place in the framework of "Confronting Violent Extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean area", the annual conference of EuroMeSCo, the main network of research centres on politics and security in the Mediterranean (106 centres from 32 Euro-Mediterranean countries) coordinated by the IEMed.
11/05: EU and Tunisia hold their 13th Association Council, discuss ways to further their cooperation
EU and Tunisia high level representatives met to address the current situation of the Eu-Tunisia relations
The number of Bosnians who in 2016 went to fight in Syria under the flag of a Salafist or Jihadist group is estimated at 330 people.
“There's simply no way around it: whenever a Member State is overwhelmed, there must be solidarity and a balanced sharing of responsibility within the EU.” This was the statement by the First Vice-President of the European Commission (EC), Frans Timmermans, in late 2015 in relation to the “refugee crisis”.
The IEMed has collaborated on the 2017 Forum International Réalités, a seminar that over the last 19 years has annually brought together experts and politicians to analyse the evolution of Tunisia and the region. This twentieth forum, held on 27 and 28 April, focused this time on the future of Tunisia and its role in world geopolitics and economics, and on relations with its neighbours.
“Turkey is the eternal candidate country, it is a domestic issue, an important economic member, a difficult ally and also an area to muffle the tensions resulting from the Middle Eastern conflict.”
Turkey is holding a constitutional referendum this Sunday that could give so much power to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that many analysts see a political shift towards a presidential republic. Some of the events that help outline the complex situation of the country before this referendum are the breakup of the peace process with the Kurds; the failed coup of June 2016 and the implacable persecution of anyone suspected of being involved; Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian conflict; the terrorist attacks in Turkish territory; the agreement with the EU to halt the flow of refugees; the imprisonment of journalists, or the unseen tension and accusations this March against Holland or Germany concerning the official yes campaign in the planned referendum among Turkish communities in these countries.
The internal and external challenges facing Egypt have been presented and debated today in a work session in Madrid organised by the IEMed and addressed at experts, institutions and companies.
The Ministers in charge of Water established access to clean water as a regional priority
This exceptional aid is allocated to Tunisia in order to support the country in its democratic consolidation while it is experiencing economic difficulties
Today, the IEMed is launching this year’s Euromed Survey, aimed at a group of over 5,000 experts from the academic world and think tanks as well as actors from the political and institutional field (representatives of governments, European institutions and international organisations) and civil society (NGOs, enterprises, the media).
19/04: Job creation and sustainable development, main objectives of the EU initiative on Blue economy in the West Mediterranean
The EU Initiative, in cooperation with Euro-Mediterranean countries, aims at pushing for Blue Economy policies in the EuroMed Region.
11/04: Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis discusses economic cooperation in Tunisia as Spanish-Tunisian Chamber of Commerce opens
For his first official visit to Tunisia, FM Dastis addressed cooperation and development with high level Tunisian Officials