The Euromediterranean Region in the Year 2025:
The strategic importance of the Mediterranean region for the European Union (EU) and vice versa is visible in many fields such as stability, security, democracy, trade, energy, water, climate change, demography, migration, and culture. As a consequence, economic, social, political and cultural interdependencies across the Mediterranean have been deepened in recent years. By 2025, the region will face significant challenges in maintaining peace, security and stability, improving political participation and governance mechanisms. Moreover, acute demographic change in its social, economic and environmental dimensions will have to be mastered. These processes will be deeply influenced by international and domestic drivers as well as by local and global trends. Changes are likely to be multi-faceted and intertwined with multiple spill-over effects both within and without the region.
Perspectives and Challenges for a Key Area in Transition
The most important future challenges concern questions of political, economic, security and environmental governance, which constitute the four key areas of interests of EuroMed2025. Consequently, the project's primary research question focuses on how to develop academically sound scenarios of different possible regional outcomes in place in the year 2025. The process of scenario-building will be theoretically and empirically grounded in the social sciences, applying a comparative governance perspective. The background scenarios of possible regional trajectories will provide decision-makers and social stakeholders with policy-oriented recommendations on how to address the multiple challenges.
EuroMed2025 combines high-quality scholarship from eight Euro-Mediterranean countries: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Lebanon, Morocco, Romania, and Spain. Consortium members have excellent networks in the region and they are highly experienced in conducting multidisciplinary and intercultural collaborative research projects. The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics (consortium leader, Freie Universitšt Berlin, Germany) will cooperate closely with its scientific manager, the Jean-Monnet Center of Freie Universitšt Berlin (Germany).
Prof. Dr. Cilja Harders (Coordinator)
Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Freie Universitšt Berlin, Germany
Prof. Dr. Michael Bolle (Scientific Coordinator)
Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Freie Universitšt Berlin, Germany
Prof. Dr. Gabriela Dragan
European Institute of Romania
Prof. Dr. Bahgat Korany
American University of Cairo, Egypt
Prof. Dr. Jacques Le Cacheux
Universitť de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France
Dr. Eduard Soler i Lecha
Centre for International Information and Documentation in Barcelona, Spain
Prof. Dr. Saloua Zerhouni
Universitť de Mohamed V., Morocco
Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon
Prof. Dr. Andreas Theophanous
University of Nicosia, Cyprus