About the conference
MED – MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUES is the annual high-level initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies) in Rome with the aim to rethink traditional approaches to the area complementing analyses of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions and to draft a new “positive agenda”, addressing shared challenges at both the regional and the international level.
We need to have trusted and accountable leaderships at all levels to fight this pandemic and many other challenges.
Director, Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean, World Health Organization (WHO)
The convergence of conflicts, climate, and now COVID has led four countries on the brink of famine: Yemen, South Sudan, Northern Nigeria, Burkina Faso.
Valerie N. Guarnieri
Assistant Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)
Trust in governments has weakened even more in the Middle East.
UN Former Special Representative for Libya
Gender-based violence has increased during the Covid-19 crisis, and this is another pandemic.
Country Representative in Tunisia and Libya, UN Women
Lebanon is in a transitional period, a very dangerous one, a very unprecedented one, and in a historic position.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Lebanon
Turkey is against nuclear weapons, in our region and beyond.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Turkey
Women are playing a dual role, they have their jobs but they also have to take care of their families
General Manager, Kawar Group, Jordan
We need to hope for the future, but at the same time we need to work for the future.
Mohammad Javad Zarif
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Iran
We should always have that hope that as we evolve and as we develop we can see hope for a very effective, sustainable secuity structure for this region.
Sayyid Badr Bin Hamad Bin Hamood Al Busaidi
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Oman
The issue of refugees is not receiving the attention it needs. Investing in refugees is investing in our collective security.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Jordan
Despite lockdowns, drug trafficking continued, with some disruptions, but didn’t stop.
Chief of the Research and Trend Analysis Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Covid-19 has not impacted our long-term strategy, but somehow it has even accelerated it.
Director Public Affairs, ENI
Concerning the Abraham Accords, the real question is: will Saudi Arabia change its position vis à vis the Arab Peace initiative?
Senior Analyst, Gulf States, International Crisis Group (ICG)
The public health emergency might have exacerbated existing circumstances, but it has played little, if any, role in the development of the Libyan political crisis.
Executive Vice President, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy
The status quo in Syria is not sustainable for another 10 years.
Director, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Russian Federation
Covid-19 has accelerated global trends and will likely increase brain drain across the southern Mediterranean.
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
The current situation in Yemen is vital to the security of the region.