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Youth and the Mediterranean: Exploring New Approaches to Dialogue and Cooperation

Edited by Andrea Dessi and Lorenzo Kamel, New-Med Research Network, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), 2017, 144 pages, ISBN 978-88-9368-051-6

While many studies have focused on the category of 'youth' in the Arab world, it is still rare to hear how young people themselves view and interpret developments unfolding in their societies. Rarer still is to have these voices contribute to ongoing policy debates on the future of the Mediterranean. Aware of these problems, the New-Med Research Network decided to provide a platform for a select number of 'MENA youth' to articulate their thoughts and individually present their views on a number of socio-cultural and security-related themes in the Mediterranean. This edited volume collects the revised and updated versions of eight policy papers produced by outstanding young scholars and activists from the Middle East and North Africa. Their works, focused on topics such as climate change and environmental degradation, state-society relations, radicalization and the migrant and refugee crisis, were presented during an international conference held at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in January 2017. The authors, coming from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia, were selected through a rigorous and highly competitive application process. Led by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), the New-Med Research Network is supported by the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Compagnia di San Paolo of Turin and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The publication is available at: http://www.iai.it/en/pubblicazioni/youth-and-mediterranean