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Executive Training Seminar

Economy in War-torn Countries: Pathways to Recovery and Reconstruction

EUI, Florence, 30 January - 1st  February 2019 


 This executive training focuses on the economic dimensions of civil wars. It is essential for policy-makers and practitioners involved in conflict resolution and reconstruction to understand civil war economy. Such an understanding adds an important dimension beyond the traditional focus on security that characterises the bulk of analyses and studies of civil wars. 

How does economic life change amid widespread violence and state breakdown? 
How do wartime political economic arrangements create durable and
remarkably resilient socio-economic mechanisms and networks? 
How do these arrangements help in adapting to high risks, regulating access to resources, markets and information, and are likely to endure and influence pathways out of conflict, as well as post-conflict recovery?

The ETS will address these key questions by drawing on practitioners’ experience and on the latest academic analysis and field-based research in four strategic areas:


Pathways from war economy

The business of violence and protection in war contexts

Lessons from past cases

The role of the private sector in recovery and reconstruction

It is co-organised by the Middle East Directions Programme and the School of Transnational Governance (STG).

For more information and TO APPLY visit:


Executive Training Seminar 'Learning from Conflicts: Approaches to Peace-Building and the Role of Europe'

Florence, 12-14 December 2018
The Executive Training Seminar Learning from Conflicts: Approaches to Peace-Building and the Role of Europefocuses on approaches to conflict resolution and peace-building and the role that Europe can play in these processes. The informed audience will be exposed to insights from economics, political science, psychology and organisational behaviour, as well as to the input and experiences of practitioners and researchers with deep understanding of the three case studies selected.

The Executive Training will draw on practitioners’ experience and on the latest academic analysis and field-based research in three strategic areas: drivers of conflicts; political and economic dimensions of conflict resolution and peace-building; approaches to diplomacy, and negotiation.

The participants will be immersed in a unique training where inputs for reflection and practical work will complement the comparative perspective adopted to focus on three conflicts: Syria, Colombia and Ukraine.

Deadline for Applications: 23 November.

To apply, complete the online application form or send your CV and motivation letter to Silvia Dell’Acqua, Senior Project Associate for the Executive Training.

Fees: 1,300 €. A discount of 25% will be applied to the charges for international, European and national civil servants, as well as to members of NGOs.

A limited number of scholarships and fee-waivers will be awarded on merit or needs basis (please specify in your motivation letter if you are applying for a scholarship).

Please feel free to share this invitation. We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Who Are We?
The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at the European University Institute (EUI) established the MIDDLE EAST DIRECTIONS (MEDirections) Programme in 2016. MEDirections is a continuation of the Mediterranean Programme, which was launched in 1999. The Mediterranean Programme put the EUI at the forefront of the Euro-Mediterranean research dialogue between 1999 and 2013, and MEDirections aspires to build on this reputation to become an international reference point for research on the Middle East and North Africa Region. Its themes encompass socio-political, economic and religious trends and transformations.
The programME's Director is Luigi Narbone, working with the programme’s Senior Scientific Advisor, Olivier Roy. Its research team is a multidisciplinary pool of researchers with diversified backgrounds, and a vast network of contacts in the countries covered, all with extensive fieldwork experience. To learn more about MEDirections, visit our website:
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