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A Political Economy of Reconciliation and Reconstruction? The Cases of Syria, Iraq and Libya @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Despite being far from reaching final political settlements, the scale and intensity of violence in war-torn countries seem to be somehow ebbing. With the repossession of Sert and the reclamation of Mosul, Aleppo and Raqqa, the big battles are over. In the last two years, the Iraqi and Syrian central governments have come to hold the upper hand and Isis as a territorialised terrorist organisation has been almost completely wiped out in all three countries. Libya appears to be at a stalemate as a result of a balance in weakness.

Is it hence time to raise questions over the economic reconstruction of war-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa? Who will pay for it, especially in a time of a global slump and low oil prices? And how will it be organised in the light of the facts on the ground and the prevalent local, national and international dynamics of cooperation and competition?

The aim of this small workshop is to bring together on the one hand experts and researchers working on the three cases, and on the other, those working on topics of reconstruction and post-conflict reconciliation. The meeting is hoped to stir the debate, set a research agenda and augment networking efforts in preparation for the Middle East Directions annual conference in the Autumn.

Organiser: Amr Adly

More details and the programme will be available in the coming weeks.

Summer School on Post-conflict Stabilisation: The Day After IS Military Defeat @ Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana
Jul 9 @ 9:00 am – Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm

Applications open on 28 March until 15 May.

The Summer School on Post-conflict Stabilisation is organised by the Middle East Directions Programme (MEDirections) in collaboration with the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance.

The Summer School will focus on the main challenges facing the post-Islamic State (IS) scenario. It aims to provide policy-makers, practitioners and academics with in-depth analyses on the most relevant factors affecting these areas and the broader region. Three case studies will be central to the programme: Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Fundamental questions surrounding post-IS defeat remain largely unanswered: How can sustainable pacification of the liberated areas be ensured? How can a local and national governance system conducive to long-term stabilisation be created? How can the impact of stabilisation and reconstruction aid be maximised? How can the IS military defeat’s influence on the jihadist sphere in the MENA region and in Europe be controlled?

SCIENTIFIC COORDINATORS: Agnes Favier (EUI) and Virginie Collombier (EUI).

For more details and practical information, please visit the dedicated webpage at:

Link to the EUI’s announcement: