July 27, 2016 2:15 - 3:30 pm
The Middle East and the southern Mediterranean region are frequently in the headlines, attracting the World’s attention and focus like never before. The region is undergoing a critical transformation process, which will continue for years to come. Diplomacy plays a crucial role in this transformation, engaging the relevant stakeholders and actors in effective dialogue and cooperation.
Today, there is a growing interest in the relationship between science and diplomacy, but the key question remains what can science diplomacy offer? We will take stock of the role of science diplomacy as a foreign policy tool, as an instrument to advance scientific research and as a platform for inter-cultural dialogue and inter-religious tolerance.
We will present the concept of science diplomacy as perceived by different stakeholders, highlight best practices and success stories in the EU-Mediterranean and EU-Middle East region and attempt to develop recommendations for further engagement in science diplomacy initiatives. We hope to demonstrate that science diplomacy can serve as a soft power, which can break the ice in inter-state relations, in particular when political dialogue is not possible.