Workshop on Mediterranean Security - 26 June 2012
In light of the recent Arab Spring, the ATA has given particular attention to Mediterranean cooperation and dialogue on security, as mutual stability and shared prosperity are essential for the region’s security.
Much of our work has been focused on engaging a discussion between the peoples of this region, but the security debate surrounding the Mediterranean also involves international organizations such as the African Union, Arab League, and European Union.
Because of this, the ATA tries to build comprehensive conversations that draw on a wide range of opinions and ideas.
This one-day workshop in Brussels will serve as a precursor to the Mediterranean Debates program. It will draw together a network of think tanks, NGOs and other civil society actors (from Brussels), with the purpose of generating meaningful dialogue concerning plausible ways to enhance EU and NATO cooperation in the crucial and fast evolving Mediterranean region.
Selected representatives will attend the 2 panel discussions which will be based on the following topics:
PANEL 1: RESHAPING THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM
Issues concerning post Arab-Spring democratization, freedom of speech & association, protection of universal human rights, and security sector reforms.
PANEL 2: ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEFENSE
Improving trade relations between the EU and MENA region in a way that is mutually beneficial to both.
Two reports on the topics will be presented during the workshop.