ECMI participated in international conference on “The Mediterranean and Southern Europe: ...

... crisis and transformation from détente to the second Cold War” at the University of Padua (ITALY), 1-3 July 2010

The conference addressed questions that went beyond the classical Cold War logics, placing the Mediterranean crises into a more articulated analysis of the global change of the last decades of the twentieth century and after. The 1980s were not only the last decade of the “short century” dominated by the East-West conflict, but the cradle of a new global era. The 1970s represented the crucial decade of attempts to change the rules of north-south interdependence, to build up a meaningful European identity and international role. It saw efforts to redefine relations between the West and the Arab world in the oil age. The participants presented new researches explaining the economic, political and military trends. The themes of the papers presented included new democratic regimes in southern Europe, a widened European Community/Union endowed with a Mediterranean policy, the Middle Eastern Crisis, and the long-term outcome of the 1970 rebuilding of a Western hegemony in the area. Main topics discussed were:

1. The impact of international terrorism on Mediterranean politics.
2. Economic dynamics in the Mediterranean and Southern Europe.
3. The management of the transatlantic relationship in the Mediterranean.
4. The role played by the major western European nations and by the European Community in the search for a Euro-Mediterranean interdependence.
5. The Mediterranean as a case study for the evolution of the North-South relationship during the 1970s.
6. Regional actors and emerging regional networks

The conference was jointly organized by the Department of International Studies of the University of Padua and the Faculty of Political Science of the S. Pio V University of Rome.

Senior Research Associate PD Dr. Jan Asmussen represented ECMI during the conference in which he presented a paper on the role of conspiracy theories in the region in general and Cyprus in particular. Dr. Asmussen is heading ECMI’s research cluster on Conflict and Security. The cluster aims to enhance European security by means of sustainable trust and reconciliation. The cluster has a particular focus on research and revision of reconciliation policies in Europe.


Place and Date: Padua, 01-03 July 2010
For further information: Jan Asmussen, E-mail asmussen@ecmi.de

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