Rethinking the Middle East: Transformations, Flows and (Dis)orders

Florence, 10 – 11 March 2016

The MEDirections Annual Conference brought together over 40 researchers, policy-makers and activists working on the MENA region. It was the inaugural event of the new Middle East Directions Programme at the RSCAS. The main objective was to stimulate new approaches and policy responses to the many problems which affect the region and have a direct impact on Europe.

Please click here for the programme


 Inside wars : local dynamics of conflicts in Syria and Libya  – Narbone L., Collombier V., Favier A. (2016)

The e-book Inside wars : local dynamics of conflicts in Syria and Libya is  the result of the two dedicated panel discussions during the inaugural Research Meeting – Annual Conference on 10-11 March 2016.

This ebook aims to make a contribution to the understanding of some of the under-researched local dynamics of the Syrian and Libyan conflicts. The objective is to create a new narrative of these conflicts which sheds light on their local dimensions by looking closely at the social, political, economic and religious transformations produced by the uprisings and the armed conflicts that followed. Only with a good understanding of these dynamics will it be possible to start an inclusive and meaningful process of conflict resolution and post-conflict transition.

It is available for download in both English and Arabic.



Rethinking the Middle East: Do policy-makers need new paradigms?