Workshop | The call for change in Algeria: Understanding domestic and regional transformations

When: June 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

How can we understand the ongoing political contestation and protest movement in Algeria? What will its domestic and regional impact be? This workshop will bring together Algerian academics, researchers and journalists with international specialists to analyse the domestic and regional Read More …

MEDirections Roundtable | Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The SDG16 on peace, justice and accountable institutions

When: May 30, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Mansarda Seminar Room, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

  Although the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the UN in 2015, made reference to democracy only once, its implementation is based on the principle of accountability, with explicit reference to the role of parliaments. One of the Read More …

MEDirections Autumn School 2019 | Natural Resources and Geopolitics in the MENA: Disruptions, Transformations and Pathways 

When: October 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am – October 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Where: Badia Fiesolana, Via dei Roccettini 9, I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI) – Italy

  Focus | Natural resources have historically played a prominent role in the economies, political economy and international relations of MENA countries. They are also central to the trade and investment strategies of the region’s local and multinational companies. How do geopolitical Read More …

Iran’s Cognitive Context of Strategic Thinking – Presentation by Abdolrasool Divsallar

When: April 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Mansarda Seminar Room, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

  Dr. Abdolrasool Divsallar, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Middle East Strategic Studies (CMESS) in Tehran, Iran, will present on the main elements informing the Islamic Republic’s strategic thoughts by introducing a model called ‘Iran’s Cognitive Context of Strategic Thinking’. Read More …

Where We Belong: Film screening and panel discussion on the future of minorities in post-ISIS Iraq

When: May 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Seminar Room Mansarda, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

  It has been nearly two years since Iraqi forces regained control of the Nineveh Plains, ousting ISIS and allowing residents to move back to their old houses after years in exile. But reconstruction doesn’t come easily, especially for those Read More …

Workshop | Fieldwork research challenged: constraints, needs and opportunities

When: May 7, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

Scholars are increasingly aware that fieldwork research in conflict-prone, politically unstable or authoritarian areas can pose specific risks and challenges, and that new regulations and restrictions have emerged to respond to higher risks. As a result, research agendas in the Read More …

MEDirections Roundtable | The Politics of Religious Reform in MBS’s Saudi Arabia / with S. Lacroix

When: April 30, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana, Via dei Roccettini 9, I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI) – Italy.

Under Saudi crown prince and strongman Mohammad Ben Salman, Saudi Arabia is undergoing a process of transformation. Religion has been one of the key areas targeted by Ben Salman, who has vowed to “fight extremism” and has taken measures to Read More …

MEDirections Roundtable | Democrat Today, Authoritarian Tomorrow: The Effect of Anti-Democratic Reversals on Democratic Attitudes

When: April 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Villa Schifanoia, Sala Belvedere, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, Firenze

Abstract | It is claimed that the prolonged inauspicious prospects of democratisation in the Arab Muslim world is due to cultural reasons that are related to Islam and the Arab culture. In 2011, Egypt, the most populated Arab country, witnessed a Read More …

Roundtable | Syria: How are regional and international actors reshaping the Assad’s regime sovereignty? | Launch of the Wartime and Post-Conflict in Syria project (WPCS)

When: April 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Where: Theatre, Badia Fiesolana, Via della Badia dei Roccettini 9 50014 Fiesole

  Opening remarks by Luigi Narbone, director, Middle East Direction Programme, RSCAS/EUI Presentation of the WPCS project and the team by the project director Agnes Favier The regional and international actors (both strong allies and rivals) involved in the war in Read More …