A Welcome Message from the ISPI Director, Paolo Magri


The Rome MED Dialogues will take place from the 5th of December in Rome. The Executive Director of ISPI, Paolo Magri, resumes the main features of the event and its evolution over the last five years.

On the one hand, the core of MED has not changed since the first edition MED put the spotlights on the positive development in the region and the best strategies in addressing shared challenges. These are well summarised in four main pillars: shared security shared prosperity, migration, culture and society. On the other, Rome MED Dialogues are now a year-long initiative that includes the “Towards MED”, a set of expert meetings organised throughout the year for experts on specific topics. Besides, MED acquired a greater centrality as a forum of high-level regional dialogue. In the last year’s edition, the event has hosted more than 40 heads of state, leaders, and representatives of international organisations; 1000 leaders in business, politics, and culture and 80 experts from top think tanks and international institutions from more than 50 countries.

This year edition aims at making a further step, by turning MED into a broader, more dynamic and more engaging initiative. The fifth edition of Rome MED Dialogues will feature more parallel sessions, more side events, more speakers, and a wider range of topics and themes. This year, the initiative has been complemented by ten Towards MED – Regional meetings in key cities around the world: Doha, Geneva, Brussels, Rome, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Beirut, Washington, New York, and Riyadh. These closed-door meetings, involving international scholars from think tanks, universities and preeminent international organisations, have addressed some of the issues that are affecting the Mediterranean region. Besides, a new feature of this year’s MED is the inclusion of “MED Fora”: regional meeting for leading experts organised in Rome in the days of the event. The fifth edition of MED will also focus on the emerging challenges for the enlarged Mediterranean region, including climate change, the new wave of street protests, and the quest for new digital infrastructure.