MED – MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUES is the annual high-level initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI in Rome with the aim to rethink traditional approaches to the area complementing analyses of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions and to draft a new “positive agenda”, addressing shared challenges at both the regional and the international level.
According to a recent UN study, in the next 40 years, 66% of the world's population will be living in urban areas. Which role will the 'city of the future' play? How will central governments and local administrations manage to interpret the needs and expectations of their territories? What kind of contribution will instead be offered by the private sector, in particular real estate developers and large investors, in promoting growth and social cohesion?
Over the last years, the myth of a Russian “return” to the MENA region after a prolonged period of quasi-absence has captured increasing attention by policy makers and the scientific community. In particular, since late September 2015, the Russian military intervention in Syria has prompted the rise of expectations and speculations on Moscow’s intentions to impose itself as a central actor able to affect the course of events in the broader Middle East.
Renaud Dehousse, President, European University Institute - EUI
Paolo Magri, Executive Vice President and Director, ISPI