Keynote Lecture on Conceptualising the Islamic State

When: July 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Refectory, Badia Fiesolana, Via della Badia dei Roccettini, 9, 50014 Fiesole FI, Italy

A lecture by Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou (Professor of International History, Graduate Institute, Geneva) Followed by a conversation with Prof. Olivier Roy (MEDirections, RSCAS, EUI) Middle East Directions (MEDirections) invites you to attend a lecture by Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou (Professor of Read More …

Learning from Conflicts: Approaches to Peace-Building and the Role of Europe

When: December 12, 2018 @ 8:45 am – December 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Where: Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana , Via della Badia dei Roccettini, 9, 50014 Fiesole FI, Italy

This Executive Training Seminar focuses on approaches to conflict resolution and peace-building and the role that Europe can play in these processes. The informed audience will be exposed to insights from economics, political science, psychology and organizational behavior, as well Read More …

Workshop on Migration and Radicalisation in Libya: The Significance of Local Dynamics in Formulating Effective Policy Responses

When: July 5, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – July 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Where: Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

The workshop is structured into two thematic sessions dedicated to each of the main topics. The first takes the case study of smuggling routes in Libya’s southern, central and coastal regions to analyse how regional specificities dictate the need for Read More …

MEDirections Roundtable | Post-IS elections in Iraq: An assessment

When: May 23, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Sala Belvedere, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Fiesole FI, Italy

On 12 May, Iraq witnessed its first parliamentary elections since the demise of IS in the country. Despite the historic momentum, the vote has been shaped by low turnout and a grassroots campaign to boycott the elections. This reflects the Read More …

MEDirections Roundtable | Religious Minorities and Support for Authoritarian Regimes in the Middle East

When: June 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Seminar Room Mansarda, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Fiesole FI, Italy

Many Arab authoritarian regimes have tried to portray themselves as protectors of religious minorities in order to strengthen their political legitimacy, in particular towards the West. This is notably the case with the Syrian regime under Bashar Al-Assad. A similar Read More …

Seminar | The Talibanisation of the Islamic State: The Quest for Retrospective Legitimacy

When: May 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

  The Middle East Directions Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre (RSCAS), in collaboration with the Muslim World Working Group of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS), welcomes Afshin Shahi (University of Bradford, EUI Visiting Fellow) to present Read More …

Summer School on Post-conflict Stabilisation: The Day After IS Military Defeat

When: July 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am – July 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Where: Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana, Via della Badia dei Roccettini, 9, 50014 Fiesole FI, Italy

  Application closed   The Middle East Directions Programme in collaboration with the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance is organising the second edition of the MEDirections Summer School, taking place in Florence (Italy) on 9 – 11 July 2018. The Summer School on Post-Conflict Read More …

A Political Economy of Reconciliation and Reconstruction in the MENA region?

When: April 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

Despite being far from final political settlements, the scale and intensity of violence in war-torn countries seem to be somehow ebbing. With the repossession of Sirte and the reclamation of Mosul, Aleppo and Raqqa, the biggest of the battles are Read More …

Lecture on Violent Jihad and Counter-Terrorism: How are Tribal Relations Reshaped in Northern Mali?

When: February 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana , Via della Badia dei Roccettini, 9, 50014 Fiesole FI, Italy

Against a thematic backdrop provided by the recent publication of ‘Tribes and Global Jihadism’ (Hurst, 2017), edited by Virginie Collombier and Olivier Roy, MEDirections welcomes Dr. Yvan Guichaoua (Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent) to give a lecture Read More …

Workshop on Tribes and Global Jihadism

When: February 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: Cappella, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

The workshop takes the recent publication Tribes and Global Jihadism, edited by Virginie Collombier and Olivier Roy (Hurst, 2017) as a springboard for more broader discussions on the theme of tribes and jihadism after Islamic State. The workshop aims to Read More …