Youth Mediterranean Dialoge - V EDITION
September 9th - 15th 2018 in Madrid (Spain)
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During the event participants will be divided in 4 different workshop groups, each workshop will discuss one topic. At the end of the YMD each group will provide with policy recommendations.
Description of the topic per Workshop Group
Workshop group 1: NATO and the EU’s Strategy in the South. Libya.
o EU-NATO Relations, EU’s military autonomy?
o EU’s strategy towards the South. Responsibility to protect: Libya.

NATO started its Mediterranean Dialogue in 1994 and since then it has maintained stable relations towards the region, especially with key allies such as Morocco or Tunisia. Meanwhile, the EU, specially guided by its southern countries, has reinforced cooperation with its front shore, especially with instruments such as the Union for the Mediterranean or its Neighbourhood Policy. Both associations are also joining hands and efforts. Mutual commitment was again reinforced at the European Council in December 2017. This first workshop will discuss common initiatives, new ways of reinforcing cooperation with Southern Mediterranean and will specially focus its attention on Libya’s reconstruction.

Workshop group 2: Towards Northern Africa and terrorism in MENA
o Countering terrorism at home: indigenous terrorism. Freedom or security?
o Boko Haram, Al Qaida, Islamic State. Differences and similarities. Facing a multipolar phenomena

Terrorism remains one of the foremost threats on a global scale; one that states will have to deal with both at the national and international sphere, via institutions like NATO.
Radicalization and ´lone wolf´ attacks remain the forefront challenges on the global counterterrorist agenda. Said joint action has led to an intense debate regarding the balance between security and freedom, and the limitations of each dimension.
While terrorist groups share a plethora of common characteristics, they ultimately remain markedly distinct actors, which pursue specific territorial ambitions of their own. Mingling them all into a single entity would no doubt prove a grave mistake, as specific strategies need to address the very singularities inherent to each and every one of them. Only then will the world´s nations manage to effectively opposed the threat posed by the ´jihadists´.

Workshop group 3: An "Eastern Future": Syria and Irak
o Syria and Iraq. Rebuilding
o Kurds claims, evolution and recent changes

Civil war, terrorism, displaced refugees, international alliance against terrorism… this has been the scenario in Syria and Iraq over the past years. It has become a geopolitical hotspot that combines religious, political and historical claims over territories with many different possible outcomes. During this second workshop, we will present the main actors involved in those conflicts, as well as their claims and goals in order to present the possible trends of a regional reconstruction, studying all the factors that should be taken into account.

Workshop group 4: Even further, to the East: Afghanistan and Yemen
o Afghanistan. Intervention and Prevention. NATO’s role
o NATO’s growing concern about Yemen. The influence of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran

Going further to the East, peace and security have also been a long-standing priority for NATO. The Alliance and its members have strengthen their values and improve their strategies towards the others, while promoting cooperation and open discussions. Is in this context where Intervention is replaced by prevention, crisis management, security sector reform measures and, as a whole, strengthening infrastructures, and institutions. And that is also what countries such as Afghanistan and Yemen appear to need. Yemeni conflict started more than 3 years ago and is still unresolved, with its population suffering from scarcity, war and violence, dysfunctional institutions and countries of the area using their influences to fight for the territory. This fourth workshop will therefore work on proposals for challenges as those mentioned.

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