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Upheaval in the Arab World
What Can Europe Do?

The civil war in Syria has turned into a regional conflagration. Egypt is deeply divided and facing an uncertain future. Political stalemate, economic stagnation and a precarious security situation are obstacles to democratic change in Tunisia and Libya. The upheaval in the Arab world, which started towards the end of 2010, constitutes a historic opportunity. However, the regional actors and the international community are now faced with enormous challenges. As a neighbouring region Europe has a vested interest in the success of the transformation process and in the advent of more democracy, greater stability, and prosperity.

How can Europe influence the events on the ground? What are the expectations of the regional actors with regard to the Europeans? What kind of contribution can Europe make when it comes to regional security and stability? How can it support individual states as they strive for more democracy and economic development? Our various events and publications will provide you with some thought-provoking answers to these questions. And we hope that they will mark the start of a debate among political decision-makers in particular and the German public in general.
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Transformation and Democratization | Regional Security

Transformation and Democratization

Photo: Körber Foundation /
Marc Darchinger

Background Discussion with Fayez A. Tarawneh
Background Discussion with the Chief of the Royal Hashemite Court in Jordan, Fayez A. Tarawneh, May 2014
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Keynote Speech by Hamadi Jebali, Secretary General of the Ennahda Movement and former Prime Minister of Tunisia, at the 3rd Berlin Foreign Policy Forum, November 2013

“The Middle East at a Crossroads: Turmoil or Transition?”
The civil war in Syria has turned into a regional conflagration. Egypt is deeply divided and facing an uncertain future. The new Iranian government has sent positive signals, but can it promote real change?
Conference report of the 12th Körber Dialogue Middle East in Berlin, November 2013
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Background Discussion with Amre Moussa, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Secretary General of the Arab League, April 2013

“The Future of Democracy in the Arab World”
Summary of the 150th Bergedorf Round Table in Cairo, March 2012
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Regional Security

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“Israel-Gaza Impasse – Who Can Break Downward Spiral?”
Interview with Nora Müller, Program Director International Affairs, Körber Foundation, in “Agenda” on DW-TV, August 2014

“The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Time for European Disengagement?”
Körber Policy Brief by Mark A. Heller, Principal R esearch Associate and Editor of Strategic Assessment at the Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University, July 2014
Körber Policy Brief (PDF)

“Iran’s Geopolitical Gains in the Region”
Op-ed by Nora Müller, Program Director International Affairs, Körber Foundation, July 2014

“Iran and the West: Prospects for Cooperation”
Relations between Iran and the West have improved. But significant differences remain – not only with regard to Syria and Iraq. Will a solution of the nuclear conflict open up new fields of cooperation?
Conference report of the 156th Bergedorf Round Table in Tehran, July 2014
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“A New Regional Order in the Middle East?”
Is the regional order in the Middle East falling apart in the course of the Saudi-Iranian conflict? Which is the way forward after peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have failed? And will the US really withdraw from the Middle East?
Conference report of the 13th Körber Dialogue Middle East in Berlin, June 2014
report (PDF)

Interview with Meliha Benli Altunışık
Meliha Benli Altunışık, Professor of International Relations at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, comments on current developments in Turkish politics. She analyzes the political situation after the AKP’s victory in local elections and sheds an eye on Turkey’s role in the region as well as the spill-over effects of the Syrian conflict on Turkish foreign policy. May 2014

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