Book Presentation / Israel under Siege: The Politics of Insecurity and the Rise of the Israeli Neo-Revisionist Right by Raffaella Del Sarto

When: February 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana, , Via della Badia dei Roccettini, 9, 50014 Fiesole FI, Italy

Book Presentation / Israel under Siege: The Politics of Insecurity and the Rise of the Israeli Neo-Revisionist Right  ‘Israel under Siege’ examines the emergence of Israel’s neo-revisionist consensus about security threats and regional order, which took hold of Israeli politics Read More …

MEDirections Roundtable/ Egyptian presidential elections: Implications on the regime and the opposition

When: February 8, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana, Via della Badia dei Roccettini, 9, 50014 Fiesole FI, Italy

The upcoming Egyptian presidential elections in March 2018 have been perceived by some political forces as an opportunity to change the path of the July 2013 regime from within, towards political opening. However, as the Egyptian regime has closed the Read More …

MEDirections Book Presentation | A discussion with Robert Springborg on his new book ‘Egypt’

When: January 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Cappella – Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

22 January 2018       Cappella, Villa Schifanoia – 16.00-18.00 The MEDirections programme organises a discussion with Robert Springborg to discuss his new book ‘Egypt’ (POLITY PRESS, 2017). The book offers a detailed account of the recent changes both Read More …

Conducting Social Science Research in Risky Environments

When: January 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Cappella – Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

Conducting Social Science Research in Risky Environments This one-day workshop aims to discuss new trends in social science research carried out in risky contexts, the challenges posed to the safety and security of researchers and informants, as well as the Read More …

Political turmoil in Saudi Arabia: Implications for the region

When: December 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

  Political turmoil in Saudi Arabia: Implications for the region MEDirections Round-Table The recent internal political developments in Saudi Arabia mark a new era, not only for Saudi Arabia, but also for the whole region. The foreign policy of the new Saudi Read More …

The day after IS military defeat

When: December 6, 2017 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Where: EPC Conference Centre (3rd Floor), Rue du Trône 14, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Roundtable / The day after IS military defeat The event is organised by the Middle East Directions Programme (MEDirections) in partnership with the European Policy Centre (EPC). It will be a roundtable structured into two sets of questions. The first Read More …

Executive Training Seminar/ Learning from Conflicts: Approaches to Peace-Building and the Role of Europe

When: December 13, 2017 @ 8:45 am – December 15, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Where: Conference Room, Villa La Fonte, Via delle Fontanelle 18 I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI)

Learning from Conflicts: Approaches to Peace-Building and the Role of Europe 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 Read More …

Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series: Religiosity and State-Society Relations in a Comparative Perspective: Europe and the Middle East

When: November 15, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series: Religiosity and State-Society Relations in a Comparative Perspective: Europe and the Middle East Tine Gade: Hybrid Pathways to Resistance in the Islamic World: A Study of Islamist Groups in Lebanon and Iraq Jamil Mouawad: How “Strong” Read More …

University, Diplomacy and Peace in the Middle East

When: October 25, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Middle East Directions Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre organises a seminar in collaboration with the European Association of International Studies (Associazione Europea di Studi Internazionali – AESI), led by Prof. Massimo Caneva. AESI gathers a delegation of 20 Read More …

Beyond Borders and States: New Actors in the Globalised Middle East

When: July 3, 2017 @ 9:30 am – July 5, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Middle East Directions Programme Annual Conference  –  Florence, 3-5 July 2017 The conference provided academic analysis and fieldwork-research findings on the main dynamics and actors that are transforming the region, as well as on the links between local dynamics and Read More …