EU-Middle East Forum

The EU-Middle East Forum (EUMEF) succeeded the International Forum on Strategic Thinking and narrowed down the previously global perspective of the project to the MENA region and Europe.

Between 2011 and early 2017, the EU-Middle East Forum (EUMEF) served as a platform for professional exchange, capacity building, cooperation, networking, and intercultural dialogue for young entry-level and mid-level experts from North Africa, Turkey, and Europe. Its extensive alumni network encompasses some five hundred experts from the MENA region as well as Europe.

Until 2015 the forum placed its focus on the transformation processes and developments in North Africa – and on German and European policies connected to them, with attention given to socioeconomic and socio-political issues as well as security matters. The forum was geared toward young and mid-level experts from civil society, academia, the economic and political domains, and the media, with articipants predominantly from Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco as well as from Germany and other European countries.

Until 2015, EUMEF offered annual International Summer School sessions as well as two New Faces Conferences per year. In addition, the program hosted alumni conferences in Berlin for former participants of the Summer Schools and New Faces. These took place every two years.

From 2015 until early 2017, the forum also organized a series of Foreign Policy Workshops and Capacity-Building Workshops. These consisted of presentations by participants and experts, who discussed and analyzed an economic, political, social, or security-related issue.

The Capacity-Building Workshops aimed to equip employees of think tanks or similar academic institutions with the necessary tools and qualifications to further improve their work. For this purpose, the forum offered a range of modules such as scenario workshops.

At the end of both workshop formats, policy briefs were produced so that outcomes could be shared with the wider public. This allowed participants to practice their writing and publishing skills.

Early in 2017, EUMEF organized a study tour in Germany for twenty forum alumni, offering participants the opportunity to gain insight into German think tanks and their work. This provided them with new inspiration for their own work and projects.


Responsible Persons

  • Dina Fakoussa

    Dina Fakoussa

    Head of Program, Middle East and North Africa Program
    Tel.: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-30
    Fax: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-16

  • Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid

    Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid

    Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Program

dgap info
dgap in the media