MED 2017 Day Three Highlights

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ABOUT MED 2017

MED 2017 is the 3rd edition of the annual high–level initiative, co–organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). This event is intended to turn Rome into a global hub for high–level dialogues on the broader Mediterranean, with a view to re–thinking traditional approaches and drafting a new "positive agenda". 

The event is by invitation only

THIRD DAY SPEECHES

THE US ADMINISTRATION AND THE MIDDLE EAST The Session discussed the Middle Eastern politics of the Trump Administration in the context of political divisions in the Gulf, post–conflict Syria and the Libyan crisis. 

THE US ADMINISTRATION AND THE MIDDLE EAST

The Session discussed the Middle Eastern politics of the Trump Administration in the context of political divisions in the Gulf, post–conflict Syria and the Libyan crisis. 

DIALOGUE TOWARDS A MEDITERRANEAN PROSPERITY The Dialogue discussed the promotion of sustainable development for the Mediterranean region, which includes economic, social and environmental issues. The role of China in supporting regional economy was also a key focus of the meeting.

DIALOGUE TOWARDS A MEDITERRANEAN PROSPERITY

The Dialogue discussed the promotion of sustainable development for the Mediterranean region, which includes economic, social and environmental issues. The role of China in supporting regional economy was also a key focus of the meeting.

A VIEW FROM QATAR  Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al–Thani, Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, shared his country’s view on the main regional issues. 

A VIEW FROM QATAR 

Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al–Thani, Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, shared his country’s view on the main regional issues. 

DIALOGUE WITH GHASSAN SALAMÉ Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative and Head of UNSMIL (United Nations), discussed the Libyan peace process and the prospect for national reconciliation.

DIALOGUE WITH GHASSAN SALAMÉ

Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative and Head of UNSMIL (United Nations), discussed the Libyan peace process and the prospect for national reconciliation.

DIALOGUE WITH ABRAHAM YEHOSHUAThe Israeli writer Abraham Yehoshua provided his view on the shared identity elements in the Mediterranean region. 

DIALOGUE WITH ABRAHAM YEHOSHUAThe Israeli writer Abraham Yehoshua provided his view on the shared identity elements in the Mediterranean region. 

CLOSING SESSION Paolo Gentiloni, President of the Council of Ministers of Italy, and Angelino Alfano, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, concluded the third edition of RomeMed, highlighting the main results of the meeting. 

CLOSING SESSION

Paolo Gentiloni, President of the Council of Ministers of Italy, and Angelino Alfano, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, concluded the third edition of RomeMed, highlighting the main results of the meeting. 

THIRD DAY INTERVIEWS


MED SPEAKERS

MICHAEL KÖHLER

Director, Neighbourhood South, DG NEAR, European Commission

DINA FAKOUSSA

Head, Middle East North Africa Programme, DGAP, Germany

IBRAHIM AL–JAAFARI

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iraq

OLIVIER ROY

Joint Chair in Mediterranean Studies, RSCAS, EUI

ALAIN AOUN

Vice Chair, Defense and Interior Committee, Lebanese Parliament

ALESSANDRO PROFUMO

CEO, Leonardo, Italy

GIOVANNI OTTATI

President of Confindustria Assafrica & Mediterraneo

ROSE GOTTEMOELLER

Deputy Secretary General, NATO

LORENZO VIDINO

Radicalisation and International Terrorism Centre, ISPI

ABRAHAM YEHOSHUA

Writer, Israel

JEFFREY SACHS

Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University, United States of America

WISSAM FATTOUH

Secretary General, Union of Arab Banks, Lebanon


A Quick Policy Brief by the Europe Team

The European Union was established to promote social, political and economic harmony among the states of Europe and to further encourage transparency and cooperation. Europe has been successful in recent years, among other things, in avoiding military conflict, in transferring institutions and legal know-how from member states to candidate countries, in eliminating income gaps between EU countries and in successfully integrating post-communist countries into democratic states with functioning market economies and the rule of law. However, the European Union is constantly challenged, and uncertainty seems to be the prevailing sentiment across the continent, questioning the extent to which the states of Europe are united.

We identified that the most salient and vexing challenges facing the European Union today are the rise of populist parties, and consequently, isolationist trends, as well as immigration due to the refugee crisis across Africa and the Middle East. Moreover, the instability of the Eurozone, Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the devastating terrorist attacks, and the “threat” of new member nations pose various problems for the states of Europe and challenge their unity. Due to these issues, countries such as Britain, who were leaders in EU governance and stability have voted to prioritize national interests at the expense of international cooperation. Following Brexit, uncertainties have increased exponentially. Now, into late 2017, a series of referendums around the European Union have sparked heated dialogue over the role of centralized government at the national and supranational levels. Britain is joined by separatist motivations in Catalan. Northern Italians question the distribution of resources from Rome. The Fidesz and Jobbik parties urge Viktor Orban to challenge Western Europe’s liberal values. Everywhere it seems, austerity measures following the 2008 Financial Crisis have incubated divisive relations between cities, regions, and member states.

Our report examines those major developments in the European Union over the last half decade that challenge the continent’s legacy of peace, cooperation, and integrationist agenda. While it is true that each country we focus on present their current events with a unique profile, we believe that common themes emerge from each context. Through an attention to populism and migration, the following examples instantiate the political, economic, and military consequences of a destabilized European Union.

The Europe Team is led by Ioanna Krontira

Global Trends and Transitions in Security Expertise has been Released!

James McGann's latest book has been published and is available for purchase.  

The scope of Security and International Affairs (SIA) research has expanded tremendously since the end of the Cold War to include topics beyond the realm of war studies or military statecraft. A field once devoted solely to the study of conventional military and nuclear security issues has diversified to include foci often considered nontraditional, including peace and conflict, political, economic, environmental, and human security. 
In this exciting new volume, McGann has undertaken a quantitative and qualitative study of SIA think tanks, looking at global and regional trends in their research. He argues that the end of the Cold War marked a fundamental shift within the field of defense and security studies among think tanks and academics. Tracking the evolution of security as understood by researchers and policymakers is vital as the world follows the path of the “Four Mores”: more issues, more actors, more competition, and more conflict. As we move forward into a world of rapid change and ubiquitous uncertainty, think tanks will only become more prominent and influential. This will be an important resource for students and scholars of security studies, global governance, and think tanks.
The volume concludes with an assessment of the future of Security and International Affairs studies and raises the possibility of a return to a traditional security focus driven by recent events in Europe and the Middle East. This will be an important resource for students and scholars of security studies, global governance, and think tanks.

Copies may be purchased here

Fill out Global Go To Think Tank Index Open Source Ranking Survey

Greetings Colleagues and Friends:

In an effort to encourage the input from a broad range of individual and institutional perspectives from around the world, the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index is pleased to announce the creation of an open access survey for the 2015 Index nominations and ranking process. 

Please submit your nominations on or before November 30, 2017, by using the survey link provided here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017GOTOTT

The open source rankings will be are segregated from the rankings made by experts and peers and the ranking results will be tabulated separately. This enables us to open the process while maintain the quality and integrity of the process. 

The annual global ranking of think tanks is conducted with the help of volunteer research interns and without the benefit of funding from any source.

The schedule for the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index is as follows:

· Round I (Think Tank Nominations August 1 – October 1, 2017)
· Round II (Think Tank Ranking October 1 – November 30, 2017)
· Round III (Expert Panel Review November 30 – December 18, 2017)
· 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Launch in New York, Washington, DC and 120 cities around the world on January 30, 2018
· 2017 Global Go To Think Tanks Index Report Scheduled Release January 30, 2018


Please consult the definitions, nomination and ranking criteria, and tools for assessing think tanks when making your nominations. These are provided in the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Report which is posted on the University of Pennsylvania Scholarly Commons web site at: http://repository.upenn.edu/think_tanks/12/ for easy reference.

You can make up to 5 nominations per category. Please note that all nominations made will be kept strictly confidential. No self-rankings will be considered. Please submit your responses no later than November 30, 2017. In addition, there are now over 50,000 individuals and institutions that are included in the Global Go To Think Tank listserv.

Thanks for helping us increase the profile and performance of think tanks around the world.

All the best, 
Jim McGann


James G. McGann, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, International Studies
Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies
Director, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
Wharton School and School of Arts and Sciences

Senior Fellow

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania