MED 2016 – Beyond the Turmoil a Positive Agenda

MEDirections is among the Scientific partners of the event.

Twenty years after the launch of the Barcelona Process, the Mediterranean area has progressively deteriorated and the gap between the two shores remains wide open, while crises and conflicts are on the rise. North Africa and the Middle East are swept by growing instability and tensions. Europe is shaken by political and socioeconomic turmoil and seems unable to embark on ambitious political initiatives.

MED – Rome Mediterranean Dialogues is an annual high-level initiative organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI aiming at stimulating debate and new ideas on the transformations afoot in the extended Mediterranean region, in order to re-think traditional approaches and address shared challenges, both at regional and global level.

ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies) – the oldest Italian think tank on international affairs, whose Honorary Chairman is the Emeritus President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano – is in charge of the scientific and organizational Coordination.

Topic and Structure

The program is structured in more than 20 sessions, dialogues and policy forums and spread over three days. Dialogues are based on 4 guiding pillars:

Shared Prosperity 

Finding viable options to re-launch economic interactions and promote greater regional integration in the Mediterranean is the core of the Pillar. Specific attention is given to the role that business leaders may play in fostering common prosperity.


The current migration emergency is increasingly turning into a global humanitarian crisis. Under this Pillar, the focus is on identifying safe and legal routes for asylumseekers, addressing the related issues of providing social inclusion, protection and assistance, and efficiently combining counter-trafficking policy with the protection of human rights.

Shared Security

In light of the threats posed by the increasing instability in the Mediterranean region, the discussion focuses on the strategies for fighting terrorism and promoting successful post-conflict transitions.

Media, Culture & Society

Focus is on the fundamental contribution made by cultural dialogue in the relations between the two shores of the Mediterranean and on assessing the role that the media may play in overcoming misperceptions and the contribution of young people to developing responsible socio-economic engagement.

Med 2016 in Numbers

  • 3 Days (+1) of Meetings and Workshops
  • 4 Pillars: Shared Prosperity, Shared Security, Migration, Media, Culture & Society
  • 500 leaders in Business, Politics and Culture
  • 45 Think Tanks and International Institutions
  • 55 Countries

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