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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.



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The Politics of Pandemics

Evolving Regime-opposition Dynamics in the MENA Region

After the Storm

Post-Pandemic Trends in the Southern Mediterranean

Conflicts, Pandemics and Peacebuilding

New Perspectives on Security Sector Reform in the MENA Region

Navigating the Pandemic

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We need to have trusted and accountable leaderships at all levels to fight this pandemic and many other challenges.

Ahmed Al-Mandhari

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.

Ghassan Salamé

UN Former Special Representative for Libya

Gender-based violence has increased during the Covid-19 crisis, and this is another pandemic.

Begoña Lasagabaster

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.

Charbel Wehbi

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Lebanon

Turkey is against nuclear weapons, in our region and beyond.

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

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

Nadia Shahin

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.

Ayman Safadi

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Jordan

Despite lockdowns, drug trafficking continued, with some disruptions, but didn’t stop.

Angela Me

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.

Lapo Pistelli

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?

Elham Fakhro

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.

Paolo Magri

Executive Vice President, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy

The status quo in Syria is not sustainable for another 10 years.

Andrey Kortunov

Director, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Russian Federation

Covid-19 has accelerated global trends and will likely increase brain drain across the southern Mediterranean.

Marina Sereni

Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

The current situation in Yemen is vital to the security of the region.

Mohammed A. Al-Hadhrami

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yemen

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