Rome MED Dialogues 2020 – Day 7

People First: The Human Security Paradigm in a Time of Pandemic

Covid-19 has shown that “security” can no longer be conceived in solely military terms, when other dimensions also have wide-ranging consequences. Today’s panel discussed the need for a new conception of “security”, broadening its scope to new fields, such as the environment, food, and water, to ultimately encompass the entire human development.


Dialogue with Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran is at a crossroads: in just a few months, a new president will be elected. Yet, the country is already having to consider major policy choices as it faces several challenges like the drop in oil prices, the escalation of regional tensions, the socio-economic conundrum of Covid-19 or even the prospects of resurrecting the nuclear agreement. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s current Foreign Minister, discussed these challenges with Ellie Geranmayeh, Deputy Director, MENA Programme, ECFR, and Paolo Magri, Executive Vice President, ISPI.


Dialogue with Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

The Covid-19 health crisis and the current challenges faced by the Turkish economy are significantly threatening Ankara’s regional projects. Particularly proactive in foreign policy and regional diplomacy, the country is now leveraging these strategic sectors to build a sustainable, long-term recovery strategy. How will the pandemic shape the future of Turkey’s national and international ambitions and objectives? Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, discussed the post-pandemic future of his country with Maria Cuffaro, RAI, and Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico.


Dialogue with Charbel Wehbi

Lebanon is currently dealing with multi-faceted challenges, from pre-existing socio-economic fragilities to the new complexities brought about by Covid-19. Overcoming economic and financial vulnerabilities, rebuilding domestic stability and supporting refugees are some of the country’s priorities for a post pandemic recovery, achievable only through comprehensive political reforms and international cooperation. Watch the MED2020 Dialogue with Charbel Wehbi, Lebanon’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, discussing these topics with Viviana Mazza, Corriere della Sera, and Ugo Tramballi, ISPI.


Aiming Ahead: New Security Trends and the Future of the Defence Industry

Covid-19 has exacerbated several of the root causes of regional insecurity in the Middle East and North Africa, making defence requirements more complex. Thus, more security cooperation between the region and Europe would be welcomed as also the EU has sought to deepen relations in this field. Lorenzo Guerini (Minister of Defence, Italy), John R. Allen (President, Brookings Institution, USA), Alessandro Profumo (CEO, Leonardo, Italy), and Giampiero Massolo (President, ISPI), discussed the state of the sector and the prospects offered by new technologies.


The Politics of Pandemics: Evolving Regime-Opposition Dynamics in the MENA Region

Covid-19 could not have come at a worse time, as many countries in the MENA region remain plagued with internal conflicts or must cope with structural socio-economic distress and popular discontent. The pandemic laid bare all the vulnerabilities of regional states, with a more profound impact on those with their own pre-existing social, political and economic conditions. This panel elaborated on the issues of changing state structures and popular contestation in the time of Covid-19, around which revolves the newly published ISPI-Atlantic Council Report “The Politics of Pandemics: Evolving Regime-opposition Dynamics in the MENA Region”.

Read the ISPI-Atlantic Council Report