In the run-up to #MED2020 (December 3-5), ISPI and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation promote a series of exclusive Virtual Dialogues with the protagonists of international politics in the Mena Region.
The dialogues are intended to be interactive and provide an opportunity for the audience to join a virtual debate on the post pandemic future of the region with high-level representatives from Governments, International Organizations and other keynote speakers.
Join us via the web platform Zoom and register through the links below to be part of the virtual audience.
In conversation with Paolo Magri, Director, ISPI
June 18, 3pm CEST
Mr. Pedersen has been appointed as Special Envoy for Syria in October 2018. He brings to this position decades of political and diplomatic experience, having served both in government and United Nations capacities, most recently as Norway’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (since 2017) and as Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations (2012 to 2017). Mr. Pedersen served the United Nations in various roles, including as Special Coordinator for Lebanon (2007 to 2008) and as Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for Southern Lebanon (2005 to 2007). He also worked as Director of the Asia and Pacific Division in the Department of Political Affairs. Between 1998 and 2003, Mr. Pedersen served as the Norwegian Representative to the Palestinian Authority. From 1995 to 1998 he held different positions at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, among them as Chief of Staff for the Norwegian Foreign Minister. In 1993, he was a member of the Norwegian team to the Oslo negotiations that led to the signing of the Declaration of Principles and the mutual recognition between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel.
June 24, 3.30pm CEST
Ghassan Salamé served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), from 2017 until March 2020. In 2003, Mr. Salamé served as the Political Adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), where he played a crucial role in bringing together Iraqi factions. He was then appointed as Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General (2003-2007, 2012). In 2016, he joined the Commission on the Rakhine State (Myanmar) chaired by Kofi Annan. For most of his career, Mr. Salamé was a professor of international relations at Sciences-Po (Paris) and he is the founding Dean of its Paris School of International Affairs.
June 29, 3pm CEST
Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. Parag’s newest book is The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012).
Parag Khanna was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to nearly 150 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
July 14, 5pm CEST
Josep Borrel Fontelles was appointed High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy as well as Vice-President of the Commission for a Stronger Europe in the World in December 2019. Prior to this charge, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation of Spain between 2018 and 2019. He was Jean Monnet Chair of European Economic Integration at the Complutense University of Madrid between 2013-2016 and President of the European University Institute, Florence, in the period 2010-2012. From 2007 to 2009, he was Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Committee on Development, as well as President of the European Parliament in the period 2004-2007. In Spain, his home country, he was Member of the Parliament between 1986 and 2003, and Minister of Public works, Transport, Telecommunications and the Environment in the period 1991-1996. Prior to these charges, he served as State Secretary for Treasury between 1984 and 1991, and Secretary-General for Budget and Public Expenditure in the period 1982-1984. After his Master’s Degrees in Oil Industry Economics and Technology and in Applied Mathematics (Operations Research), obtained respectively at the French Institute of Petroleum, Paris, and at the Stanford University, California, Josep Borrel Fontelles was Mathematics Professor at the Higher Technical School of Aeronautical Engineering and Complutense University of Madrid between 1972 and 1982.