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Executive Training Seminar / Economy in War-torn Countries: Pathways to Recovery and Reconstruction @ Badia Fiesolana
Jan 30 @ 9:00 am – Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm


This executive training focuses on the economic dimensions of civil wars. It explores how economic life changes amid widespread violence and state breakdown. It also addresses how wartime political economic arrangements create durable and remarkably resilient socio-economic mechanisms and networks. These arrangements help in adapting to high risks, regulating access to resources, markets and information, and are likely to endure and influence pathways out of conflict, as well as post-conflict recovery.

It is essential for policy-makers and practitioners involved in conflict resolution and reconstruction to understand civil war economy. Such an understanding adds an important dimension beyond the traditional focus on security that characterises the bulk of analyses and studies of civil wars. The ETS will address key questions such as: Once dynamics governing war economy have been described and analysed, how are they expected to influence, if not shape altogether, pathways to recovery and reconstruction? What can international mediators, aid agencies and development banks do to achieve that end? And how much does this influence vary among different national contexts?

The training examines cases from the MENA, i.e. Iraq, Syria and Libya, but also draws on experience from historical cases such as Angola, Sri Lanka and Lebanon. It borrows from political economy, political science, economic sociology and international relations, complemented by empirical evidence from the field.

The executive training draws on practitioners’ experience and on the latest academic analysis and field-based research in four strategic areas:

  • Pathways from war economy
  • The business of violence and protection in war contexts
  • Lessons from past cases
  • The role of the private sector in recovery and reconstruction

The ETS employs various teaching techniques and activities that combine knowledge with skills acquisition.

It is co-organised by the Middle East Directions Programme and the School of Transnational Governance (STG).

Check out the Draft Programme.

MEDirections Keynote Lecture by Marwa Al-Sabouni | The Spring’s Harvest: What Role Can Architecture Play in the Reconstruction of Syrian Cities? @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


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 the reconstruction of the ash-covered cities will take place? What challenges are expected? And what has been done so far? All these questions are related to a current situation: recovery. 

While addressing these questions through a general outline, the talk aims to shed a light on the act of recovery through the lens of architecture and urban planning, and its connection to pre-war dynamics that were affecting the Syrian cities long before the eruption of violence. How architecture plays a role in the Syrian conflict, and what is actually at stake in the act of reconstruction, are the two main questions of this talk. 

About the speaker:
Marwa Al-Sabouni is a Syrian practicing architect and author of The Battle for Home published by Thames and Hudson 2016. She is a Prince Claus Fund laureate 2018 and was listed as one of the top contenders for the Pritzker Prize 2018. Her TED Talk was chosen among the best of TED talks 2016 was viewed over 900K times. She also was listed as one of the top ten experts on Syria’s reconstruction. She holds PhD in architectural design. 

Everyone is welcome and a drinks reception will follow.


MENARA Workshop | Re-thinking Libya’s Economic Conflict @ Theatre, Badia Fiesolana
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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 led to the implementation of technical measures designed to reduce this phenomenon.

This technical focus diverts attention from wider questions regarding Libya’s longer-term economic vision, and what is at stake for different political actors in advancing their own economic strategies.

Taking into account Libya’s turbulent pre-2011 economic history, this workshop widens the debate around economic reforms in Libya, analysing the gaps in current strategies and highlighting entry points for longer-term political and economic recovery.

EUI’s events page here.

Draft Programme

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International Colloquium: “Europe in the World” @ Findation Jean Monnet pour l'Europe
Mar 28 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm