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

  > > > Application will open on Monday 19 November. 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 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 …

Open Debate | What is the Problem with Religion?

When: September 6, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Sala Luca Giordano, Via Camillo Cavour, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

The event, featuring the participation of the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Emanuela Claudia Del Re, will bring together the most prominent religious leaders from the Florence region, notable diplomats and academic experts in the field Read More …

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 …