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: Cappella, 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 …

MEDirections Roundtable | Arendt, Fanon and Political Violence in Islam | with Patrycja Sasnal

When: October 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121 50133 Firenze FI Italy

Abstract | Dr. Patrycja Sasnal will present her new book ‘Arendt, Fanon and Political Violence in Islam’. The book looks at contemporary political violence, in the form of jihadism, through the lens of a philosophical polemic between Hannah Arendt and Frantz Read More …

MEDirections Roundtable | Deconstructing the Abu Dhabi declaration: Actors, ideas and interests

When: June 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Mansarda Seminar Room, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

 In February 2019, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb signed a historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This document was not only the outcome of Read More …

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 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 Annual Conference | “Conflicts and Natural Resources in the MENA Region and its Immediate Neighbourhood “

When: October 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am – October 22, 2019 @ 8:30 pm
Where: Badia Fiesolana, Via dei Roccettini 9, I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI) – Italy

  More information here. Draft programme Annual Conference – Register here To attend the Keynote Lecture on Geopolitics and the future of energy and natural resources by Prof. Andris Piebalgs on Tuesday 22 October, 14.30 – 17.30, you are kindly invited 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 …