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Call for Research Projects
In the framework of its Research Programme 2007-2008, EuroMeSCo invites all eligible member institutes to participate in the current Call for Research Projects and express their interest by submitting a complete outline of the envisaged research project. The research programme is one integrated programme, divided into a research facility, an exchange facility and a survey facility, with a dominant focus on issues closely related to actors, structures and dynamics of change, broken down into five broad main themes. Although there is room for annual adjustments, the main topics will stand until the end of the year 2009.


Background

Research projects have been allocated so far on the basis of internal network bidding. Should submissions prove insufficient, however, or should one topic of particular relevance emerge where inputs from a larger of members are deemed necessary, the Steering Group may apply a top-down approach and pre-define a part of the research programme, in order to guarantee that topics of major political relevance will be addressed.

Procedure

Applications need to be submitted by at least one network institute from the North (=EU based) and one from the South (=non-EU based) or by at least two institutes from the southern Mediterranean. Applications can be submitted online on the EuroMeSCo website and consist roughly of an outline of the research project, its framework of analysis and research questions/hypotheses, foreseen research activities, time frame and draft budget. Institutes who send incomplete applications will be requested to complete them within two weeks, together with appropriate guidance.

There is no deadline for submissions, but members need to keep in mind that applications will be dealt with on a “first-come, first-served” basis and this implies that slots might be filled rather quickly. Also, late applications slow down the entire process and make it impossible to meet output targets. Ideally, all applications would have been assessed by the Steering Group by the end of November, and top-down projects would have been launched shortly afterwards. The deadline for submission of draft research reports is May-June 2008, so as to allow for internal and external evaluation and ensuing comments to be sent back in order that final versions (fully language-edited, 15,000 words max) can meet the 2008 deadline.

The main topics are (the bullets are intended as mere examples):

A. Democracy, Human Rights and Political Reforms: Actors of Change & Structural Constraints

    * The changing relationship between the religious and political spheres in Mediterranean societies
    * Understanding the nature and the role of Islamist political movements
    * The role of the media ; the role of think tanks
    * Human rights in transition processes; electoral processes in the South
    * The protection of human rights in the South: Europe as a catalyst?
    * The role of women and youth in processes of political reform
    * The magic triangle: the fight against terrorism, democratisation and justice
    * Political Islam in Europe (impact in the South)
    * The impact of intra-Arab, migration on receiving and transit countries in the southern Mediterranean

B. Security and Citizenship & Regional Challenges

    * The issue of proliferation in the Euro-Mediterranean area
    * Security sector reform in selected countries of the EMP
    * Southern attitudes towards conflict prevention
    * Peace-keeping operations in the EMP
    * Dispute-settlement among the states of the Barcelona Process
    * ‘Securitisation’ of policies, North and South
    * The Palestinian question and its regional dimension

C. The Internal Dynamics of the EU and their Impact on the Euromed Process

    * The impact of migrants and communities on the political process in a given country
    * The potential dynamics of the Reform Treaty
    * The Mediterranean policy of individual EU member states
    * The EU and the identification and support of reform actors
    * Immigration policies between (inter-)governmentalism and supranationalism
    * EMP states and the institutionalisation of international justice: a comparative analysis

D. The Interlocking of Regional & Subregional Initiatives with the EMP


    * The Mediterranean Union
    * The EMP and BMENA
    * The Middle East Quartet and the EMP
    * The 5+5 Dialogue: a sub-regional alternative?
    * The Mediterranean Dialogue of NATO / the OSCE and the EMP

E. The Impact of Non-Mediterranean Actors’ Policies on the Maghreb and Mashreq

    * Iran’s ambitions to become a regional power
    * China’s growing interest in the Middle East
    * The US’ receding role?
    * The demise of Iraq

Applications can be submitted online here.