The Middle East and the EU: New realities, new policies (fully booked)


6 March 2019


Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon, 8bis, 1000 Brussels

Profound geopolitical changes in the Middle East and North Africa have created great instability and unpredictability. How will the region evolve in the future? And: what does it mean for the European Union, and what can the EU do?

A major international conference joining to EU-funded research projects will address these issues at Egmont.

-More info.

-Read the Report of the Brussels Focus Group, MENARA Working Documents, No. 5, May 2019.

-Read the MENARA Final report



14:00 – 14:30      Conference Registration

14:30 – 14:45      Welcome Remarks

Johan Verbeke (Egmont Institute)

Nathalie Tocci (IAI)

14:45 – 15:30      Key-note Speech by HR/VP Federica Mogherini

Introduced by Marc Otte (Egmont Institute) and followed by Q&A


15.30 – 15.45      Young Writers Prize to be awarded by HRVP Federica Mogherini

Short speech by winner of the YWP, Omar Shanti


15:45 – 17:00      First panel:  Where is the Middle East heading to?

Moderator: Florence Gaub (EUISS)

Inputs from the MENARA Project: Eduard Soler (Cidob)

Panelists: Nathalie Tocci (IAI); Rim Turkmani (LSE); Ali Vaez (ICG)


17:00 – 17.30      Coffee Break


17:30 – 18:45      Second panel: How are we going to act together?

Moderator: Kristina Kausch (GMF)

Inputs from the MEDRESET project: Daniela Huber (IAI)

Panelists: Marc Schade-Poulsen (EuroMed Rights); Fernando Gentilini

(EEAS); Shaimaa Aboelkheir (Al Araby TV)


18:45 – 19:00      Closing Remarks

Pol Morillas (CIDOB)

(Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)