New Players and Dynamics in the MENA Region and Africa

When: January 24, 2020 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Rabat, Morocco

With global actors increasingly showing interest in the MENA region and Africa, several new players have emerged and continuously work towards expanding their presence and influence in the region, challenging the existing balance and creating new dynamics. In this framework, Read More …

Reconstruction in the Civil War Zones of the Middle East | Panel discussion (Middle East Institute, Washington DC)

When: January 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Middle East Institute, 1763 N Street NW Washington, District of Columbia 20036

The Middle East Institute of Washington DC organised a panel discussion on Reconstruction in the Civil War Zones in the Middle East addressing ways for mitigating the effects of these violent and destructive conflicts. The panel will showcase the findings of the recently Read More …

Outlook for the MENA Region: What future for stabilisation and reconstruction? (European Parliament Library, Brussels)

When: January 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Library Reading Room, Altiero Spinelli Building, 5th Floor, European Parliament, Brussels

While conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are still ongoing, stabilisation and reconstruction remain top priorities on the international and regional agenda. Years of war have created new political and economic dynamics in Syria, Libya and Read More …

Roundtable | Political Economies of the Middle East and North Africa

When: January 13, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Mansarda Seminar Room, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

Abstract | Robert Springborg will provide the basis for the discussion by presenting his new book ‘Political Economies of the Middle East and North Africa’ (Polity Press, 2020), which focuses on national and regional politics in the Middle East and Read More …

Roundtable | Revolution in Lebanon: an End to Identity Politics?

When: November 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Protests erupted in Lebanon on 17 October are creating a unique and rare moment of unity in a country characterised by sectarian divisions and widespread corruption. Prime Minister Saad Hariri bowed down to protesters and resigned on 29 October. This Read More …

Roundtable | Shifting the balance of power in north-east Syria

When: November 28, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca, Via Boccaccio 151, Firenze

On 9 October 2019, two days after President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from the Syrian-Turkish border zone, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring in north-east Syria. These developments led to a rapid and dramatic change in the Read More …

Roundtable | An Iranian Perspective on the Kurdish Crisis: Implications and future directions

When: November 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

Abstract: Instabilities in Syrian Kurdish areas have regional implications. In Iran, having both Kurdish and Turkish minorities, this might lead to new social divides and instabilities. This was highlighted in recent weeks by clashes between Turkish and Kurdish supporters in Read More …

MEDirections Roundtable with Rebecca Murray | Libya’s endless war: Tripoli’s battlefield and its impact on the south

When: December 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

Abstract | Rebecca Murray will present insights from her recent fieldwork in Libya, focusing on the situation since the launch of the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces’ campaign on the capital Tripoli in April 2019, and the proxy war that’s Read More …