MEDirections Keynote Lecture by Marwa Al-Sabouni | The Spring’s Harvest: What Role Can Architecture Play in the Reconstruction of Syrian Cities?

When: January 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

  The so-called Arab Spring has left the Arab region in devastation and destruction.  Talks about the ‘next phase’ are already starting while the battles of on-going conflicts continue. What is the nature of these talks? Under what spirit will Read More …

MENARA Workshop | Re-thinking Libya’s Economic Conflict

When: February 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Theatre, Badia Fiesolana, Via della Badia dei Roccettini 9, 50014, Fiesole

Over the past year, there has been increasing focus on the role of the economy in the Libyan conflict, particularly the way in which widespread corruption and predation are proving an obstacle to reconciliation and political settlement. This has led Read More …

Workshop | Exploring Tunisia’s Future in a Changing Geopolitical Context

When: December 17, 2018 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Tunis, Tunisia

Since 2011, it has become increasingly apparent that to achieve long-term stabilization and democratic consolidation, Tunisia needs to rethink its geostrategic positioning and to explore new opportunities with international partners. It is all the more important that political elites find answers to Read More …

Bananas, Dubai and the Revolution in Libya | Presentation by Matteo Capasso

When: December 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

Based on the collection of oral histories, this talk navigates the political economy of the everyday life in Libya during the ruling period of al-Jamāhīrīyah from 1977 to its fall in 2011. It discusses how mundane socio-economic aspirations (or what it calls Read More …

MEDirections Roundtable | Excluded generations and non-inclusive nations: a demographic approach of crises in the Arab world

When: November 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Mansarda Seminar Room, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

Demography and its interplay with the social structure contribute to the current crises in the Arab world. Indeed, delayed marriage, declining fertility and the rise of school education that underlie both have fostered the birth of the individual and weakened Read More …

Executive Training Seminar / Economy in War-torn Countries: Pathways to Recovery and Reconstruction

When: January 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am – February 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Where: Badia Fiesolana, Via della Badia dei Roccettini, 9, 50014 Fiesole FI, Italy

  This executive training focuses on the economic dimensions of civil wars. It explores how economic life changes amid widespread violence and state breakdown. It also addresses how wartime political economic arrangements create durable and remarkably resilient socio-economic mechanisms and Read More …

Exiting war economy dynamics: What future for stabilisation and reconstruction in the MENA?

When: November 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am – November 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Where: Refectory, Badia Fiesolana, Via della Badia dei Roccettini, 9, 50014 Fiesole FI, Italy

MEDirections Annual Conference European University Institute, Florence (Italy) Introduction   In addition to the well-known security dimension, years of military strife and state collapse in the Middle East and North Africa have created new economic realities on the ground that are Read More …