Moez El Elj and IDEES publish “Tunisie l’espoir : mode d’emploi pour une reprise”

Our Research Associate, Moez El Elj, who is Vice-President of IDEES (Initiative pour le Développement Economique et Social : ), has just published a group publication in French, entitled :  TUNISIE L’ESPOIR: MODE D’EMPLOI POUR UNE REPRISE

Under the direction of IDEES’ President, Elyès Jouini, Moez coordinated this publication which was realised on the base of research, analysis and contributions of a group of economistes and specialists.

Contributeurs :

Lotfi Ben Aïssa, Hakim Bécheur, Mehdi Ben Braham, Mekki Ben Jemaa, Ali Chebbi, Moez El Elj, Aïda Hamdi, Mohamed Hjaiej, Mondher Khanfir, Mohamed Kriaa, Kaouther Latiri, Abderahmen Legha, Makram Montacer, Dhafer Saidane

La Présidente à Marrakech

The President attended and spoke at the 5th annual Security Forum in Marrakech, Morocco on January 24 and 25, organised by Professor Mohammed Benhammou, President of the Centre Marocain des Etudes Stratégiques (CMES) and under the high patronage of His Majesty the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI.

The subject of the conference was “Vide sécuritaire et extension des zones de fragilités en Afrique du Nord et au Sahel -Sahara”.

The President spoke on a panel entitled, “Pour une nouvelle architecture régionale de paix et de sécurité collective”.  The President of the panel was Joël Bouchité, Préfet, Secrétaire Général de l’Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale (IHEDN);  the speakers were : Antonio Sanchez Benedito Gaspar, Spanish Ambassador at large for the Sahel; Dr Petra Weyland, George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies; and Ms. Brylyne Chitsunge, Personal advisor to S.E. Dr K Kaunda.

Here is the beginning of her presentation (in French) :

Nouvelle architecture régionale de paix et de sécurité collective

 La Déclaration du Caire en 1993 a créé un mécanisme pour la prévention, la gestion et le règlement des conflits par l’Organisation de l’Unité Africaine, le Conseil de la Paix et de la Sécurité (CPS), ce mécanisme a donné un contenu concret à la culture de la paix et a permis à l’Afrique de capitaliser sur une quête collective de recherche de solutions durables aux conflits.

On peut remarquer deux faiblesse majeures, identifiées par l’International Peace Academy : le manque de consensus pour 3 raisons : la prolifération des conflits; les influences extra-africaines; et l’absence d’un cadre des normes et valeurs communes; ainsi l’OUA restait en marge des conflits à cause des contraintes organisationnelles et financières et la souveraineté nationale entravait une intervention de l’OUA dans les conflits internes.1

 En quoi la gestion de la conflictualité influe sur la coopération entre les différents niveaux de la sécurité collective?


Here are several links to articles in the press :

The full intervention will be published as an article in the upcoming Spring/Summer issue of the Geostrategic Maritime Review. 

Dr Greg Simons interviewed on Al Jazeera

“Fighters blow hole in Russia’s security plan” : excerpts of Dr Simons’ interview

Experts say the country would have a better chance of ending the upsurge in attacks if the Kremlin used a different approach.

The government have been relying on standard measures of counter-insurgency to date, with the brief exception during [President Dimitri] Medvedev’s time when he tried to address the underlying root causes such as poverty, political and economic inequality,” Dr Greg Simons, crisis management expert at Swedish National Defence College, told Al Jazeera.

Dr Simons pointed out that Putin achieved some successes in the mid-2000s when he had two rebel leaders, Maskhadov and Basayev, killed. However, he does not think Putin’s policy will to be able to reach a long-term solution as long as the root causes fuelling the insurgency remain. New recruits can easily fill the boots of assassinated rebel leaders.

There needs to be something more done other than body counts, weapons captured, terror acts prevented. Otherwise, you get stuck in a game of perpetual catch-up and stuck in a reactive posture,” Simons said.

Press Inquiries

As events unfold, the OBGMS Chair Directors are at your disposal to put you in touch with experts in the Black and Mediterranean Sea arenas, who can provide their expertise and analysis on the issues of interest to you.

For all press inquiries regarding our two major geographic areas, please contact the Chair Directors as follows :

The Mediterranean Sea Chair : Dr Rebel Hanna, Lebanon

Telephone: 009614912811; Fax:009614912275 ; Mobile:009613661499;                               Skype: rebelhanna    Email:

Languages of the Chair : Arabic, English, French, Italian

The Black Sea Chair :  Dr Svitlana Shmelova, Ukraine

mobile +38-097-5039667
Skype : Svetlana Shmelova     E-mail:

Languages of the Chair : Azeri, Armenian, Georgian, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

Dr Moez El Elj on Migration Policy

Dr Moez El Elj, Research associate in the Mediterranean Chair, recently co-authored a report for the UNFPA and UNICEF on Tunisian migration.  The report was presented in Tunis at the Africa Hotel on November 25.

Herewith the link to the report :

Nomination of Chair Directors

Effective November 1st, we are pleased to announce the nomination of the Chair Directors and the Vice-Chair Directors as follows :


Director : Dr Svitlana SHMELOVA; Vice-Chair  : Dr Vladimir SOTNIKOV


Director  : Dr Rebel HANNA; Vice-Chair : Dr Said MOUFTI

Herewith the Organisational flow chart  : ORGANIGRAMME OBGMS 2013