EuroMesCo: Connecting the Dots


EuroMesCo: Connecting the Dots is a project co-funded by the European Union and the IEMed that is implemented in the framework of the EuroMeSCo network. It contributes to inclusive and evidence-based policy making by fostering research and recommendations in relation with the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) South priorities, with focus on economic development, migration and security. The project will be active from 2020-2024 with a budget of EUR 3.13 million.

The project aims to connect the dots between diverse stakeholders as well as between the EU, its Southern Neighbours and the wider region. It develops a range of research, dialogue and dissemination activities in four annual cycles (2020 – 2024). All the activities share an overall commitment to foster youth’s and women’s participation in the Euro-Mediterranean experts’ community.

The IEMed leads the Project Consortium that also includes: ACPSS (Egypt), ARI (France), CASE (Poland), CEMI (Tunisia), CIDOB (Spain), EPC (Belgium), FIIA (Finland), ISPI (Italy), Leonard Davis Institute (Israel), Pal-Think for Strategic Studies (Palestine), PCNS (Morocco) and WANA (Jordan).

Program Actions will include: The flagship dialogue event is the Annual Conference, which gathers experts, practitioners and policymakers from all over the region; two events take place back-to-back with it in order to enhance multi-stakeholders cooperation: the Business and Civil Society Platforms; the project also foresees the set-up of a Young Researchers’ Scheme to increase the participation of young experts in the network’s activities; as well as a training sessions programme and capacity-building activities for the members of the network and participants to the Annual Conference; the Euromed Survey provides the project with first-hand data on research and policy priorities by gathering the inputs of hundreds of experts, practitioners and policymakers from all over the region on an annual basis; a series of Debates aimed at policymakers and the wider public take place every year in order to disseminate the results of the annual research programme; and these events are coupled with an online outreach effort involving interviews, audio-visual materials and infographics, as well as regular updates through the project’s website, newsletter and social media.

Key Resources Description

Geopolitics is back. A more aggressive great power competition and the disruptive effects of new technologies have given new impetus to the analysis of the impact of geography on political decisions.
Over the last decade, the Mediterranean and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have experienced profound and far-reaching social, political and economic transformations that have contributed to unprecedented levels of volatility and uncertainty. Some of these shifts have reshaped many of the traditional features of the geopolitical order in place in the region for decades, while others might have the potential to do so in the near future. Infrastructures is one of the areas where the effects of those global and regional dynamics are more visible and this is why a good grasp of the geopolitics of infrastructures can help us understand the broader geopolitical shifts in the Middle East and North Africa better.
This is the main goal of this Joint Policy Study that ultimately aims to fill a gap in the scholarly work on the Mediterranean and the MENA region by delving into issues of geopolitical competition, conflict and cooperation from the point of view of the use of strategic infrastructures.

Additional Resources


  • Authors: Edouard Soler, Silvia Colombo, Laura Basagni, Ahmed Kandil, Florence Gaub, Lotje Boswinkel, Victor Salama
  • Year: 2020


  • Language(s): English
  • Number Of Pages: 100
  • Type Of Document: Report



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