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The Middle East. The cross-fate region

26 October 2017, Zuccari Room, Palazzo Giustiniani at Senate of the Republic, Rome

The central-eastern Mediterranean has been home to several crisis hotspots that must be faced, managed and overcome. Natural resources – especially energy and water -, environmental issues, technological innovation, and the Blue Economy are veritable starting points for going beyond conflicts.

A powerful impulse could – and must – come from civil society, notably from entrepreneurs and cultural and scientific organisations, as well as from national and local institutions, in order to develop new cooperation dynamics both at the international level and with Italy and Europe.

The conference aimed at identifying specific policy guidelines for our country that were collected in a final document.

The conference was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – Directorate General for Political Affairs and Security, and it was carried out in collaboration with the European Center of Peace Science, Integration and Cooperation (CESPIC).

Special thanks to: Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale (CeSPI), Centro Studi Confronti, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Institute of Global Studies (IGS). With the patronage of Rete Italiana Dialogo Euromediterraneo (RIDE – ASP).


Pier Ferdinando Casini, President of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Senate of the Republic; Sergio Brasioli, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – Directorate General for Political Affairs and Security; Vincenzo Amendola, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Janiki Cingoli, President of the Italian Center for Peace in the Middle East (CIPMO); Nicola Pedde, Director of the Institute of Global Studies (IGS), Director of the  magazine Geopolitics of the Middle East; Marco Ludovico, journalist for Il Sole 24 Ore; Valeria Termini, Commissioner of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas and Water System (AEEGSI), Vice-president of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG), professor of Economy and governance of energy markets at Roma Tre University; Carlo Crea, Director of International Affairs for Terna Spa; Manfred Hafner, Coordinator of the Energy Scenarios and Policies programme at FEEM and Professor at the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), Bologna and at Sciences Po (Paris), Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, Senior Researcher at FEEM; Andrea Bassi, columnist for Il Messaggero; Rossella Monti, international expert on environmental and water governance, member of the steering committee of the Italian Hydrotechnical Society, member of the scientific committee of AquaLab; Eilon M. Adar, Professor of Environmental Hydrology  and Hydrogeology, Alain Poher Chair in Hydrogeology and Arid Zones at the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Ben Gurion University (Negev); Ayşegül Kibaroğlu, Professor of di international Relations at MEF University of Istanbul; Gianluca Di PasqualeFuture Cities Advisory & Digital Leader, Ernst &Young; Hamid E. Ali, Professor and Director of the Department of Public Policies and Administration at the American University in Cairo; Salvatore D’Alfonso, Head of “Innovative Projects” at Rete Ferroviaria Italiana; Raul Caruso, Professor of International Economics, Economic Policy and Criminal Economics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, member of CIPMO Scientific Committee, Director of the European Center of Peace Science, Integration and Cooperation (CESPIC), Director of the Network of European Peace Scientists (NEPS), Director of the magazine Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy (USA).


Slides degli interventi disponibili (pdf):

  • “Risorse energetiche e sviluppo tecnologico: quale impulso per rafforzare le dinamiche cooperative della Regione” – Valeria Termini, Commissario dell’Autorità per l’Energia Elettrica, il Gas e il Sistema Idrico (AEEGSI), Vice-Presidente di Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) e Professore di Economia e Governance dei Mercati dell’Energia all’Università di Roma Tre – link (pdf)
  • “Environmental mismanagement does affect development?” –  Rossella Monti, Esperto internazionale sul governo delle risorse ambientali e dell’acqua, Membro del Comitato Direttivo dell’Associazione Idrotecnica Italiana, Membro del Comitato Scientifico di AcquaLab, Esperto dell’Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo in Afghanistan – link (pdf)
  • “Water Consumption is exceeding the safe yield” – Eilon M. Adar, Professore di Idrologia ambientale e Idrogeologia, Cattedra Alain Poherin Idrogeologia e Zone Aride allo Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research dell’Università Ben Gurion del Negev; – link (pdf)
  • “Evolution of Water Diplomacy Frameworks in the Euphrate-Tigris Basin: Challenges and Prospects” –  Ayşegül Kibaroğlu, Professoressa di Relazioni Internazionali alla MEF University di Istanbul – link (pdf)
  • “Future of Water. Natural resources, new technologies and Blue Economy”  – Gianluca Di Pasquale, Future Cities Advisory & Digital leader, EY – link (pdf)
  • “Water Management in MENA”  – Hamid E. Ali, Professore e Direttore del Dipartimento di Politica pubblica e Amministrazione all’Università Americana de Il Cairo – link (pdf)
  • “Risorse naturali e nuove tecnologie: politiche per una accresciuta cooperazione intraregionale, con l’Italia e con l’Europa” – Salvatore D’Alfonso, Dirigente Struttura Operativa “Progetti innovativi”, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana – link (pdf)