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 …

MEDirections Roundtable | Remembrance of things past? Heritage, politics  and the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa – with Dario Miccoli

When: March 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Seminar Room Mansarda, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

Who are the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa today and what is their heritage? Is there a thing such as the Middle Eastern and North African Jewish heritage, or did it end with the mass-migration of the Read More …

When: March 8, 2019 @ 11:48 am – 12:48 pm

Who are the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa today and what is their heritage? Is there a thing such as the Middle Eastern and North African Jewish heritage, or did it end with the mass-migration of the Read More …

MEDirections Keynote Lecture by Marwa Al-Sabouni | The Spring’s Harvest: What Role Can Architecture Play in the Reconstruction of Syrian Cities?

When: January 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

  The so-called Arab Spring has left the Arab region in devastation and destruction.  Talks about the ‘next phase’ are already starting while the battles of on-going conflicts continue. What is the nature of these talks? Under what spirit will Read More …

MENARA Workshop | Re-thinking Libya’s Economic Conflict

When: February 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Theatre, Badia Fiesolana, Via della Badia dei Roccettini 9, 50014, Fiesole

  Over the past year, there has been increasing focus on the role of the economy in the Libyan conflict, particularly the way in which widespread corruption and predation are proving an obstacle to reconciliation and political settlement. This has Read More …

Workshop | Exploring Tunisia’s Future in a Changing Geopolitical Context

When: December 17, 2018 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Tunis, Tunisia

Since 2011, it has become increasingly apparent that to achieve long-term stabilization and democratic consolidation, Tunisia needs to rethink its geostrategic positioning and to explore new opportunities with international partners. It is all the more important that political elites find answers to Read More …