lecture by Dr Peter Seeberg - EU Policies towards Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey in the light of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Reflections on cooperation and institutional practices – and research strategies

18 Jan 2018 12:00
18 Jan 2018 13:30

Venue - Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels, Room Lisbon, floor -1

Introduction by Dr Jan Claudius Völkel, Institute for European Studies


Protests and demonstrations against the Ba’ath-regime in Damascus in early 2011 initiated an increasingly violent internal conflict in Syria, causing widespread devastation and humanitarian disaster. Furthermore, the crisis gradually resulted in major displacement of Syrians to neighbouring states, in particular Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Some of the Syrian refugees attempted to reach Europe, and together with refugees and migrants from Asia and sub-Saharan Africa created what in the international media, but also in scholarly research, has been referred to as the Mediterranean migration crisis.

Taking its point of departure in EU policies towards Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey the presentation will reflect on cooperation and institutional practices related to the migration crisis – and discuss relevant research strategies in the light of some ongoing research projects.

About the speaker

Dr. Peter Seeberg is Associate Professor at Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark and Director of the DJUCO-project, an academic cooperation project in Amman, Jordan, since 2009 funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Peter Seeberg has published widely on the EU and the Middle East, migration and security, political conflicts related to the Mediterranean region etc. His most recent publications are Peter Seeberg & Musa Shteiwi (2017, eds.), European Foreign Affairs Review, Special Issue (22:1): New Challenges for the EU in the Arab Mediterranean and the Revision of the European Neighbourhood Policy, and Peter Seeberg, Martin Beck & Dietrich Jung (2016, eds.) The Levant in Turmoil. Syria, Palestine, and the Transformation of Middle Eastern Politics, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. His articles appeared, among others, in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Democracy and Security, Democratization, European Foreign Affairs Review, Mediterranean Politics, Middle East Critique, Middle East Policy.


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