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Middle East Directions Newsletter (no.7)

The Middle East Directions Programme (MEDirections) of the European University Institute in collaboration with the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance is organising the second edition of the MEDirections Summer School, taking place in Florence (Italy) on 9 – 11 July 2018.
The Summer School on Post-Conflict Stabilisation: the Day after IS Military Defeat will focus on the main challenges facing the post-Islamic State (IS) scenario. It aims to provide policy-makers, practitioners and academics with in-depth analyses on the most relevant factors affecting these areas and the broader region. Three case studies will be central to the programme: Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Frederic Wehrey (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Loulouwa Al Rachid (Carnegie Middle East Center), Emadeddin Badi (Peaceful Change Initiative), Charles Lister (Middle East Institute), Oussama Chourbaji (AFAQ Academy) will be among the instructors.

A keynote lecture will be given by Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Find out more information and the programme here:


Click here to watch the video on MEDirections Summer School 2017
'Conflicts in the Middle East: Formulating new responses to crises'

Project Report

Deir Al Zor after Islamic State: Between Kurdish Self-Administration and a Return of the Syrian Regime

by Ziad Awad

Available in English and Arabic.

Project Report

Lebanon's Border Areas in Light of the Syrian War: New Actos, Old Marginalisation 

by Jamil Mouawad
Available in English.

Policy Paper

The debate over the Use of Violence within the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt after 2013 

by Georges Fahmi

Available in English.

Policy Brief 

Local Specificities of Migration in Libya: Challenges and Solutions

by Abdulrahman Al-Arabi


Available in English and Arabic.

Policy Brief

When the Dust Settles: Reflecting on the Politics of Reconstruction and Reconciliation in the MENA Region
by Amr Adly

Available in English.

Project Report

Syria after Islamic State: 'Everything Needs to Change, So Everything Can Stay the Same'? 
by Agnès Favier

Available in English.
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MEDirections is pleased to announce the kick off of the research project EU LISTCO (March 2018 - February 2021). Coordinated by the Free University of Berlin, the project is focused on “Europe’s External Action and the Dual Challenges of Limited Statehood and Contested Orders”. 
EU-LISTCO will answer the European Commission’s call H2020-SC6-ENG-GLOB- ALLY-2016-2017 by pursuing the research objectives related to the geopolitical challenges and their implications for the EU, and by investigating on the EU's preparedness for managing risks and opportunities and fostering peace.

   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 interim director is Brigid Laffan, 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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