Cooperation With Religious Institutions As A European Policy Tool

12 November 2018 | Workshop | English | The Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw
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The workshop brings together 20 experts on religious affairs, migration and European as well as Middle East policy from Europe and the Middle East. One of the papers presented (Chapter 2. “The role of Muslim religious institutions in migration and integration policies: the German case study” by Yasemin El- Menouar) is already a complete chapter introduced in the workshop as a PP presentation. The two other papers are less advanced, yet already based on substantial research (Chapter 1. “Points of tangency between state and religious institutions in European policy formulation” by Patrycja Sasnal and Chapter 4. “Religious institutions in the Maghreb: popularity, outreach and political roles” by Sergio Altuna). The fourth paper is still in an initial phase of research (Chapter 3. “Cooperation between Al-Azhar and the Vatican in preventing violent extremism: opportunities and limits?” by Georges Fahmi).
The workshop participants agree that chapter 1 can successfully show a map of formalization models of cooperation between the state and religious institutions in Europe. Chapter 2 will benefit from expanding and making policy recommendations more concrete. Chapter 3 may need either clearer focus on cooperation in “preventing violent extremism”. Chapter 4 needs narrowing down: a focus on Algeria and Morocco is most commonly suggested.
The workshop is organised in the framework of EuroMeSCo ENI Project, co-funded by the European Commission and the IEMed.