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 Iraq, which make traditional approaches to these challenges difficult and problematic. How will the new realities on the ground influence the EU and international community’s willingness and capacity to respond?
Professor Luigi Narbone, Director of the Middle East Directions Programme (EUI), and Professor Steven Heydemann of Smith College will debate these issues with a panel of experts.
This event is organised by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) and it draws insights from the eBook Fractured stability: war economies and reconstruction in the MENA,which explores alternative approaches to reconstruction given the shortcomings of contemporary approaches to post-conflict reconstruction, and offers useful insights and recommendations to policy-makers.
13.00 Welcome and introductory remarks by Etienne BASSOT, Director, Members’ Research Service, EPRS
13:05 Presentations by
– Prof Luigi NARBONE, Director of the Middle East Directions Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
– Prof Steven HEYDEMANN, Chair of Middle East Studies at Smith College, Massachusetts United States
13:45 Roundtable discussion with
– Dr Branislav STANICEK, Policy Analyst on Middle East and North Africa, External Policies Unit, EPRS, EP
– Perla SROUR-GANDON, Policy Advisor on Middle East and Gulf Countries, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Secretariat of the Foreign Affairs Committee, EP
Moderator: Dr Joanna APAP, Strategy and Coordination Unit, EPRS, EP
14:10 Concluding remarks by Brando BENIFEI, Member of the European Parliament
14:30 Questions and interventions from the floor
– INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR NARBONE
– EPRS BLOG by Marcin Cesluk-Grajewski and Joanna Apap: The Middle East and North Africa Regione (MENA). What Future for Stabilisation and Reconstruction