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The day after IS military defeat @ EPC Conference Centre (3rd Floor)
Dec 6 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Policy Dialogue / 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 will be dedicated to post-IS scenarios in Syria and Iraq, focusing on the local dynamics of power and security and questioning the viability of new political order after IS. MEDirections researchers will introduce the debate with an overview of the main dynamics observed and the challenges ahead. Two colleagues from the region will focus on specific case studies and analysis of the post-IS context in Libya will constitute a ‘mirror case’.

The second question will focus on transformations within the jihadist sphere, both in the MENA region and in Europe, including the issue of ‘returnees’. MEDirections and the EPC will introduce the discussion and provide a general wrap-up to the debate. Speakers of the first session will be invited to intervene.


  • Virginie Collombier Scientific Coordinator of MEDirections – Coordinator of the Libya Project
  • Agnes Favier MEDirections Research Fellow – Coordinator of the Syria Project
  • Tine Gade Max Weber Fellow at the EUI
  • Olivier Roy Scientific Advisor of MEDirections
  • Daryous Aldarwiche, independent Syrian journalist and human rights activist
  • Yahia Al Kubaisi, Iraqi Centre for Strategic Studies
  • Amanda Paul, EPC Senior Policy Analyst (moderator)

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Political turmoil in Saudi Arabia: Implications for the region @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


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 leadership has had tremendous consequences on many countries in the region, as is the case with the recent crisis in Lebanon and the ongoing war in Yemen.  This roundtable seeks to understand this shift in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy and how it might influence the region, in particular the political crisis in Lebanon, as well as the European and American responses.

Executive Training Seminar/ Learning from Conflicts: Approaches to Peace-Building and the Role of Europe @ Conference Room, Villa La Fonte
Dec 13 @ 8:45 am – Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

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 insights from economics, political science, psychology and organizational behavior, as well as to the input and experiences of practitioners and researchers with deep understanding of the three case studies selected. In the specific the Executive Training will draw on practitioners’ experience and on the latest academic analysis and field-based research in three strategic areas: drivers of conflicts; political and economic dimensions of conflict resolution and peace-building; approaches to diplomacy and negotiation. The participants will be immersed in a unique training where inputs for reflection and practical work will complement the comparative perspective adopted to focus on three conflicts: Syria, Colombia and Ukraine. This Seminar is aimed at the training and networking of EU’s and EU Member States’ practitioners and policy-makers, working in the field of conflict prevention and resolution, mediation, prevention of violent extremism and humanitarian assistance, and to officials from member governments, EU institutions and international organizations, as well as to practitioners from the private sector and NGOs.

Participation is by application only. (Deadline 1 December)

Please apply by emailing your CV and Motivation letter to Silvia Dell’Acqua (details below).

Fees: 1,300 € (10% reduction for early registrations)

A discount of 25% will be applied to the charges for international European and national civil servants, as well as to members of the NGOs.

Full or partial fee-waivers will be available. Moreover a number of scholarships will be awarded on merit or needs basis.

The fees cover the cost of the course as well as coffee and lunch breaks. Travel and hotel costs are not included in the fees.

Affiliation: School of Transnational GovernanceDepartment of EconomicsRobert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type: Executive Training Seminar

Organizer: Prof. Andrea Ichino – Luigi Narbone (European External Action Service (EEAS)) – Professor Saumitra Jha (Stanford University)

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