01 Nov 2017

International Workshop “Security in the Mediterranean” 

An International Workshop entitled Security in the Mediterranean will take place on November, 21-25, 2017 at the University of Almeria and is organized by the WVSA Regional Hub for Mediterranean (Southern Europe and Northern Africa). The program of the event features presentations by Seminar Directors Juan Diez-Nicolas and Pilar Rodriguez, WVSA President Christian Haerpfer as well as WVS PIs Munqith Dagher (WVS-Iraq), Fares Braizat (WVS-Jordan), Mhammed Abderebbi (WVS-Morocco), Sokratis Koniordos (WVS-Greece). 




Directors of the seminar: Prof. Pilar Rodriguez, UAL and Prof. Juan Díez-Nicolás, WVS.

Enrollment ends on November 21, 2017. The cost of enrollment is 100€. Seminar participants will receive a certificate from the University of Almeria.

For further information, contact Pilar Rodriguez


There will be two presentations on each of the three days of the seminar, one at 09:00 and the other at 12:00. Each presentation will last one hour, followed by a public discussion of around one and a half hours, followed by a coffee break of half an hour. In the afternoon there will be one hour of tutoring for those attending the seminar. Finally, the day will conclude with a guided program organized by the Tourism agency of the city of Almeria

22 NOV

9.00-10.00 "ISIS: reasons and horizons" by Dr. Munqith M. Dagher, Ph.D.

Munqith M. Dagher has a Ph.D in Marketing Research; Public Administration (human resources management) from the University of Georgia (2008). Assistant Professor at the Baghdad University from September 1989 to September 2006 (taught classes in public administration, local government, organization behavior and strategic management for under and postgraduates). Currently is the President of the IIACSS Research Group in Amman, Jordan. He is also PI for Iraq and Libya in the WVS and the Arab Transformations Project.

10.00-11.30 Discussion

12.00-13.00 "Radicalization, terrorism and Mediterranean Security" by Dr. Fares Al Braizat, Ph.D.

Fares A. Braizat holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in Political Sociology from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK. Since February 2016, he founded NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions and the Chairman of the company. In April 2016, he was elected to the position of Chairman of Social Policies Committee at the Economic and Social Council in Jordan. In September 2016, NAMA won IRI USAID Tracking and Exit polling for Jordan’s Election on September 2016. Previously he served as Senior Adviser / Director of Strategic Studies and Evaluation at the Office of His Majesty, Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan between Jan 2012 – Feb 2016. He is a leading analyst and survey expert on domestic and foreign affairs, with a particular focus on radicalization and terrorism in the Arab world. Dr. Braizat founded, headed, and coordinated a few international and regional survey research projects including the Arab Barometer, World Values Survey, Global Barometer, and the Public Opinion Program at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Senior Polling Adviser for the International Republican Institute –USAID on Lebanese elections of 2009, and was Fulbright/APSA Senior Fellow at the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC. He also served on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs at the United States Congress and taught at the University of Jordan, where he was Deputy Director of the Center for Strategic Studies. His recent publications include “The Social Origins of Legitimacy Loss In Yemen”, ACRPS, October 2011, and paper on “Sudanese Public Opinion after the Separation of the South”, ACRPS, July 2011; and a paper on “Jordanian Elections: Concentration of Power Without Democracy", ACRPS, March 2011; and a book on Islam, Muslims and Liberal Democracy, Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010, “The Meaning of Democracy: What Arabs Think” in Journal of Democracy, John Hopkins University Press, October 2010, and a coauthored book chapter on “The Impact of Arab Satellite Channels on Public Opinion”, in Mahjoob Zweiri and Emma Murphy eds. The New Arab Media: Technology, Image and Perception, Ithaca Press, 2011. In Addition to his academic publications, Dr. Braizat has written a number of journalistic essays about public opinion since 2005. He comments on political issues for many media organization including Skynews Arabia, Al Arabiyya, Al Jazeera Arabic and English channels, CNN, Fox News, CBS, ABC, BBC Arabic and English TV and Radio, France 24, and National Public Radio NPR. His comments were published in various newspapers including New York Times, Washington Post, and The Times.

13.00-14.30 Discussion


23 NOV

9.00-10.00 “Citizen attitudes towards security and political violence in Morocco” by Prof. Mhammed Abderebbi

Dr. Mhammed Abderebbi is professor of sociology at Hassan II University (Casablanca, Morocco). He has conducted numerous quantitative and qualitative surveys based on questionnaires, interviews and focus groups. In Morocco, he is a coordinator of the Arab Barometer survey, the Afrobarometer survey and Arab Transformations Project. He cooperates with many national and international research organisations. He is a member of the Moroccan Association of Sociology since 2007. He speaks French, Arabic and English.

10.00-11.30 Discussion

12.00-13.00 “The al-Qaeda project for a post-revolutionary Tunisia” by Mr. Sergio Altuna Galán

Sergio Altuna Galán is research associate in the Program on Global Terrorism at the Royal Institute Elcano, Master in Translation and Interpretation at the University of Valladolid, Master in Arab Language, Literature and History at the University of Tunis al-Manar and Master in Studies on Terrorism at the International University of La Rioja. He is also a doctoral candidate in International Security with a thesis on the conditionants of the jihadist narrative.

Currently, he is a professional international consultant between Spain and the Maghreb where he has developed most of his professional activity since 2010. He has specialized in the development of monitoring and evaluation tools in unstable environments. He works as a security consultant in the North of Africa and Sahel. He has also taught as professor of Applied Rhetoric and Discursive Techniques at the University of Jendouba (Tunisia) and at the University of the Jonick Islands (Greece). He speaks fluent English, French and Arab.

13.00-14.30 Discussion


24 NOV

9.00-10.00 "Social Capital and Subjective Security in the Arab World" by Prof. Christian Haerpfer

Professor Christian Haerpfer is President of the World Values Survey Association (WVSA), Director of the Institute for Comparative Survey Research - Eurasia Barometer, Research Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna, Visiting Professor of Sociology at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), RC Liaison Representative at the Executive Committee of the IPSA and Chair of Research Committee No. 17 'Comparative Public Opinion' International Political Science Association IPSA.

10-11.30 Discussion

12-13 a.m. "Economic insecurity and crisis-induced emigration: Individual choices and public values", by Prof. Sokratis Koniordos

Sokratis Koniordos (BA, Deree & Panteion, MA Kent, PHD London / LSE) is Full Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Crete. He has taught at Middlesex University, University of Quest-Nanterre, University of Cyprus, University of Milanο-Bicocca, Open University, University of Thessaloniki and the University of the Aegean. His main research interests include economic sociology, sociology of work, social structure, sociology of modernity, sociology of migration and the sociology of crisis. Koniordos has published 18 volumes and several research papers; for instance, The Handbook of European Sociology, New York and London, Routledge, 2014 (with A. A. Kyrtsis); Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society, London: Routledge, 2010 (with P. Baert, G. Procacci and C. Ruzza); Towards a Sociology of Artisans: Continuity and Discontinuities in Comparative Perspectives, 2001.

13.00-14.30 Discussion


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