The last edition of Rome MED Dialogues featured several interviews with leading political leaders who discussed the current challenges in the Mediterranean region. Here is a selection of the most five most popular YouTube videos.
Special Dialogue with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Iran
The special dialogue with Mohammad Javad Zarif has been the most popular content of the last MED edition. The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs provided his viewpoint on the current regional challenges and the role of Iran in the Middle East. In answering the questions of Thomas Gomart, Director of the Istitute Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), and Monica Maggioni, Radiotelevisione Italiana, Zarif highlights that the main issues in the region derive from external wrong choices and the belief from regional countries that they can rely on the outside powers for their own security.
Special Dialogue with Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia
The special dialogue with Sergey Lavrov has attracted wide attention among our YouTube viewers, making it the second most popular content of the last MED edition. In the first part, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs offers a broad introduction to the challenges in the Mediterranean region. In the second part, Lavrov answers the questions of Paolo Valentino, Corriere della Sera, by focusing on the specific issue of the Libyan and Syrian crisis. In the last part, he engages in a lively debate with the audience.
Special Dialogue with Mohammed Al-Thani, Foreign Minister of Qatar
The special dialogue with Mohammed Al-Thani has been the third most viewed content among YouTube videos of the 4th edition of MED. The Foreign Minister of Qatar offers his view of the regional challenges with a specific focus on Yemen, the embargo on Qatar by other Gulf states, and the relations between his country and the United States. The two journalists who interview the Minister are Declan Walsh, New York Times, and Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico Europe.
Med2018 – Special Dialogue with Taro Kono
Japan has a wide interest in the Mediterranean region due to its export of goods and its import of gas supplies. In this special dialogue, Taro Kano provides his point of view by answering the questions of Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director of the OCP Policy Center, and Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico Europe.
Med2018 – Plenary “Shared Security” ‘Syria. What Lies Ahead?
The plenary session ‘Syria. What Lies Ahead?’ discusses the main challenges in post-conflict Syria. The plenary session features as Chair: Maha Yahya, Carnegie Middle East Center. The relators are Staffan De Mistura, Special Envoy to Syria, United Nations; Julien Barnes-Dacey, Director of the Mena Programme at ECFR; Hani Khabbaz, Director General of the Management Unit for the Syria Recovery Trust Fund; Andrey Kortunov, Director General of RIAC; Ian Lesser, Vice President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States; and Sedat Önal, Deputy Minister of the Turkish Ministry Of Foreign Affairs.