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Call for Abstracts 


Exiting War Economy Dynamics: The Impact on Stabilisation and Reconstruction in the MENA

MEDirections Annual Conference

19-20 November 2018, Florence (Italy)

Debates on reconstruction in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region commonly equate to a need for settlement on the ground. A decisive party victory or a peace agreement to end violence and make a step towards economic reconstruction. But no MENA conflict, neither in Libya, Syria, Iraq nor Yemen, appears close to such scenario. Security and economic realities created after years of strife and state collapse would likely persist, shaping how conflicts end and states are reconstructed. Let’s think outside the box…

How can economic reconstruction end ongoing conflicts and contribute to stabilisation? Maybe even to reconciliation and inclusion. What role should local and international businesses play? What about the oil rich governments, international and regional donors or investment and development banks? How can economic interests converge when geopolitical interests strongly diverge?

Do you have an idea to bring to the table in the debate on facilitating economic reconstruction in MENA conflict areas? Send us your abstract (400 words) and a short CV by 9 July at 9am (CET). Papers should have a sound analytical and conceptual base, and preferably be rich in empirics.

Submission outcome will be communicated by 20 July. For successful abstracts: draft papers (around 5000 words) are expected by 15 October. An e-book will be published with final papers, edited in line with feedback from the conference. Funding available for travel and accommodation.

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Keynote Lecture

10 July 2018, 17.00-19.00, European University Institute, Florence 

As a part of the second MEDirections Summer School, Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou (Graduate Institute of Geneva) will give a Keynote Lecture on themes surrounding his recent book 'A Theory of Isis - Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order'?
The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Professor Olivier Roy (MEDirections, RSCAS, EUI).

Everyone is welcome to attend.


Policy Brief

The War in Derna: What's happening Now, and What's Next?

by Al-Zubayr Salem


Available in English and Arabic.

Policy Paper

The Future of Syrian Christians after the Arab Spring 

by Georges Fahmi
Available in English.
The Summer School is a collaboration between the European University Institute’s School of Transnational Governance and the Florence School of Advanced Studies for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogues (FSD) . The one-week course will provide mid-career professionals with deeper understanding about religion in society through interactive analyses of case studies and encounters with religious leaders and practitioners of the Abrahamic religions living in Europe.

Full scholarships and fee-waivers available.

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Exiting War Economy Dynamics: The Impact on Stabilisation and Reconstruction in the MENA

MEDirections Annual Conference

19-20 November 2018, Florence (Italy)

   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. 
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