MENARA. Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture

DATE: April 2016 – March 2019

Director: TBC. EUI Funding: H2020

The geopolitical order in the making in the South and East Mediterranean countries and the Middle East amid the deep- reaching social and political changes unfolding since 2010. Mapping the main features of the regional geopolitical order, building future scenarios for 2025 and 2040.
Quantitative and qualitative methods, including fact-finding missions on the ground, interviews, focus groups, Delphi surveys and innovative foresight techniques.

For more informations, visit the MENARA PROJECT Website



DATE: October 2011 – September 2016


Director: Raffaella del Sarto. Funding: ERC FP7

Exploring the complex and differentiated process by which the EU extends its unbundled functional and legal borders to the so-called southern Mediterranean (North Africa and parts of the Middle East), thereby transforming that area into borderlands. Methodology: data collection on EU/MENA cooperation (including geographical data); policy analysis; events and conferences; providing a forum for scholars, experts, policy-makers and influential thinkers.





(February 2017 to date, Funding: German Federal Foreign Office) Project Coordinator: Virginie Collombier.

Building on the Directions initiative, the MEDirections team is collaborating with the Peacemakers to work with constituencies across Libya to build a broad consensus around common rules and values. This will provide a foundation on the basis of which national and local peace agreements can be embedded at the social level.

In order to support these efforts, the project will work closely with local analysts to better understand some of the major dynamics that are key to building social peace and restoring stability.


(September 2013 to December 2016, Funding: Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre) Project Supervisor: Olivier Roy. Project Coordinator: Virginie Collombier.

Directions was an initiative focusing on social dynamics and transformations in post-Qaddafi Libya. It consisted of two tracks, a research and analysis track based on fieldwork in Libya, and a second track providing support and facilitation to a dialogue project designed by the Peacemakers, a group of Libyan community activists. This second track sought to promote social reconciliation between communities across the country.


Workshop  – ‘What role for Local Actors”,  Libya, Florence,1 June 2016

Conference – “Tribes and Political Change in Libya“, Florence, 5-7 May 2014




DATE:  June 2011 – October 2015

Director: Olivier Roy. Funding: ERC FP7

How different states in Europe and North America are redefining their relationship with religions under the challenge of increasing religious activism in the public sphere due to new religious movements. 
Analysis of the (re)construction and formatting of religions in the West through courts, social practices, public discourse and transnational institutions. Events including conferences, seminars and workshops involving academics and experts.