Emerging Technologies and International Security in the Mediterranean Region

Third TRANSAD workshop

Time: Thu 21 (18:00) - Fri 22 (17:00) November 2019
Place: IBEI, Pompeu Fabra Ciutadella Campus, Barcelona

Attendance is by invitation only
Emerging Technologies and International Security in the Mediterranean Region
MQ-9 Reaper drone. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Public Domain

​The third TRANSAD workshop will focus on the topic Emerging Technologies and International Security in the Mediterranean Region. Co-organised by PRIO, the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, and the Nordic Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal Values (NordSTEVA), the workshop will take place in Barcelona on 21 and 22 November 2019.

Workshop programme

THURSDAY, 21 November  – Open Society Foundations Barcelona (Carrer de Sant Eusebi, 29-31)

18:30 – 20:00 Open roundtable and reception

‘Our Drone-Filled Future’

Roundtable discussion led by Jessica Dorsey (University of Amsterdam) with the participation of Arthur Holland Michel (Centre for the Study of Drone and IBEI), Wali Aslam (University of Bath), Chantal Lavallée (Royal Military College Saint-Jean), Kristin B. Sandvik (University of Oslo) and Bruno Oliveira Martins (Peace Research Institute Oslo) 

20:30 – Workshop dinner

 


FRIDAY, 22 November 2019 – Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) (Pompeu Fabra Ciutadella Campus)

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and introduction

Arthur Holland Michel, Center for the Study of the Drone, Bard College, and IBEI

 

9:15 – 10:45 – MOBILITY

Panel chair: Wali Aslam, University of Bath


Moving populations, space and digital resistance in the Greek territory and borderland

Vasiliki Makrygianni, IT University of Copenhagen

 

The biggest database you've never heard of: how the EU is constructing a centralised identity registry

Chris Jones, Statewatch

 

Discussant: Kristin B. Sandvik, University of Oslo and PRIO

Coffee break

 

11:00 – 11:05 – Welcoming address, Esther Barbé, Director, IBEI

 

11:05 – 12:45 – THE DIGITAL

Panel chair: Delina Goxho, Open Society Foundations


The landscape of cyber conflict and disinformation in the Middle East and Northern Africa

James Shires, Leiden University and Oxford University's Centre for Technology and Global Affairs

 

Cybersecurity (counter)Norms and Technologies in Egypt: Political, Economic and Security Uncertainties – Bassant Hassib, British University in Egypt

 

Discussant: Kristoffer Lidén, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

 

Lunch break: 12:45 – 14:15

 

14:15 – 15:45 LETHALITY

Panel chair: Chantal Lavallée (Royal Military College Saint-Jean)

 

Deadly Drones: Trends in Drone Weaponry in Mediterranean Conflicts

Dan Gettinger, Centre for the Study of the Drone, Bard College

 

Turkey's self-made armed drone program, and a new age of impunity

Umar Farooq, independent journalist, Istanbul

 

Discussant: Diego Badell Sánchez, IBEI

 

16:00 – 17:30 Keynote address session

Panel chair: Andrea Silkoset, PRIO

 

Settler-colonialism and the imperatives of surveillance

Ahmad Sa'di, Ben Gurion University

Discussant: Bruno Oliveira Martins, PRIO and project leader of TRANSAD

 

17:30 – End of the workshop