MED – Mediterranean Dialogues 2020 have finally begun! The 6th edition of Rome MED has adapted to the new circumstances of this very uncommon year. Today, bringing together stakeholders from across the Mediterranean to discuss the issues that our region faces is more important than ever. In their welcoming remarks, ISPI President Giampiero Massolo and
In current times of uncertainty, one thing is clear: the Covid-19 pandemic spares nobody. Not even countries like Syria, Yemen and Libya, already on the verge of collapse due to the countless victims of unsolved civil wars, continuous escalations, and fractures in the political regimes. These conflicts have severely undermined local health systems, significantly amplifying
The Biden Factor As a new Administration is going to take office in the upcoming months, many expectations are arising on the next US President and his plausible foreign agenda. This inclination is particularly true for the Middle East, where several key issues, from the Iran nuclear deal to the future of the Palestinian cause
For the Mediterranean region, 2020 marks a year of great expectations. The tenth anniversary of the Arab uprisings is approaching, while the COVID-19 pandemic has severely hit the regional economies. In particular, young generations are those suffering the most the consequences of the long-standing social, political and geopolitical instability. The impact of COVID-19 on
A Common Space Being part of the Mediterranean basin brings benefits and also challenges that all countries of the region have to deal with together. Italy has shown preparedness in taking responsibility with both the EU allies and all other countries with which Italy has a long-standing relationship based on mutual cooperation. This was the
A Young Region Trust in governments is fading in the MENA region: only 32% of young people expressed trust in their national government across 12 countries in 2018. In the face of socio-economic challenges, administrative corruption and inadequate public services, youth-led protests spread in numerous countries across the MENA region in 2019. In September, a
The countries of the Gulf region underwent significant changes in the last years. While the recent Abraham accords will most probably change the geopolitical balance in the region, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down economic growth of the Gulf and posed several challenges for the future. Gulf security in the time of Coronavirus When
What’s Up in The MENA Region? Lebanon’s multiple challenges, Kuwait in the spotlight, assessing the situation in Syria
Lebanon’s multiple challenges Unprecedented economic and financial crises are bringing Lebanon to its knees, while a prolonged political impasse concerning the formation of a new government is fuelling new societal rifts and causing further resentment towards the institutions, making the need of structural reforms more urgent than ever. Carnegie Malcolm H. Kerr Center: What’s in
The day after the election of Joe Biden to the White House, plenty of questions arose within and about the MENA region. Will the United States completely shift its foreign policy or it will be “business as usual”? One month ago, we discussed this question at a MED Regional meeting. In particular, there
The EU Agenda Europe and the Mediterranean have a lot in common. The Mare Nostrum is not only the sea geographically and historically connecting three continents: today, it also shapes many aspects of the European Union’s foreign policy agenda. Since December 2019, the EU has “geopolitical Commission”. What is on the top of its
2020 has been the year of the pandemic, and of its disruptive impact. But the Mediterranean region also marks the tenth anniversary of the Arab uprisings and the resurgence of wars, authoritarian regimes and widespread instability. These are the 5 MED Dialogues you should not miss to understand how geopolitics in the region are evolving.
1) Around 7% of the World Population The Mediterranean Region is one of the most populated areas in the world, with more than 500 million people. The inhabitants of the region are unevenly distributed and mostly located close to its shores. 55% of them live along the 6,000 km of coastlines. 2) 10% of the
Libyan ceasefire On November 4, the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced that the two Libyan factions agreed on a roadmap to implement the ceasefire reached last month. A military subcommittee will be created to oversee the mutual withdrawal, while the Joint Military Commission agreed to meet in Sirte “as soon as possible”. International Crisis
Referendum in Algeria On November 1, Algerians voted in a referendum to approve the new constitution. With this reform, the government tried to neutralize protests, but the Hirak movement has called Algerians to boycott the vote, accusing authorities not to propose a real change. In the meantime, the country is facing a new increase in
What’s up in the MENA Region? Hariri’s designation, Libyan ceasefire, Elections in Egypt and Muslim boycott over France
Lebanon On October 22, the former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been tasked with forming a new Government. Thanks to 65 votes at the Lebanese Parliament PM Hariri obtained the majority and, speaking at the press, ensured the new Government would be formed by non-partisan experts in the framework of the French initiative. Al Sharq Forum: What New Political Pact is there for Lebanon? Carnegie MEC: The
Normalization Israel – Gulf On October 19 an Etihad plane landed at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, being the first passenger flight between the UAE and Israel. The day before, in Manama, an Israeli delegation established formal diplomatic relations with Bahrain. Brookings Doha Center: What Normalization? Carnegie MEC: What Would Happen If Israel
East Med On 12 October Turkey announced that the Oruc Reis vessel would return to the contested waters to start a new research mission. On 13 October, the Foreign Minister of Germany, that holds the EU Council Presidency, Heiko Maas held an official visit to Athens and Nicosia underlining his support to Greece and Cyprus.
ISPI and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation are glad to confirm that the 6th edition of Rome MED Dialogues will be held on the 3rd and 4th of December in Rome and through a series of online interactive events starting from November the 25th.