MEDirections Summer School

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Deadline tomorrow: 25 May

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.
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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.

Fundamental questions surrounding post-IS defeat remain largely unanswered: How can sustainable pacification of the liberated areas be ensured? How can a local and national governance system conducive to long-term stabilisation be created? How can the impact of stabilisation and reconstruction aid be maximised? How can the IS military defeat’s influence on the jihadist sphere in the MENA region and in Europe be controlled?



Frederic Wehrey | Senior Fellow, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Amer Karkoutli | Syria Stabilisation Programmes Specialist

Loulouwa Al Rachid | Co-director, Programme on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States, Carnegie Middle East Center

Emadeddin Badi | Consultant and Stabilisation Facility Project Coordinator, Peaceful Change Initiative

Charles Lister | Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute

Oussama Chourbaji | General Manager, AFAQ Academy

Keynote lecture by Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou | Professor and Chair of the Department of International History, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Agnes Favier (EUI) and Virginie Collombier (EUI).

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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