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Interparliamentary Conference on Migration: speech by Marco Minniti at the French Senate

Speech by the Chairman of Med-Or Foundation Marco Minniti, delivered before the French Senate in Paris on Monday 16 May 2022. This was part of the “Interparliamentary Conference on Migration” attended by representatives of the French Chambers and European National Parliaments, including a delegation from the Italian Parliament.

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Med-Or Foundation signed a MoU with the CIHEAM Bari

Med-Or Foundation signed a MoU with the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari

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Med-Or Foundation and MAECI signed a MoU in the fields of analysis and research

Med-Or Foundation and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the fields of analysis and research

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The geopolitical legacy of Expo 2020 Dubai

From the Iran issue to the Ukraine conflict

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The strategic importance of small Indo-Pacific islands

With China boosting its influence in the Indo-Pacific archipelagos, the United States and its Quad partners are called to understand the points of view and needs of the island nations.

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Yemen: are talks resuming after the Riyadh Agreement?

Following talks between Yemeni factions in Riyadh, the first important steps have been taken to get things moving again in the country. A look at the role of Saudi Arabia’s support in reaching an agreement.

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Med-Or Foundation attends Delphi Forum

Med-Or Director for International Relations Umberto Tavolato discusses Mediterranean as a key to global security

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Med-Or Foundation signed a Memorandum with the Republic of Lebanon

  • The areas covered by the MoU are the promotion and teaching of the Italian language in Lebanon, higher education, and training

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The Khazar Khaganate: a piece of Near East history in the Russia-Ukraine conflict

A brief history of the Khazar Khaganate by Alessandro Giuli

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Blinken’s trip to the Near East

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s trip aims to contain recently emerged tensions between the United States and countries in the Near East, also in light of the recent Ukrainian crisis. By Anna Maria Cossiga

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Med-Or Leonardo Foundation: Chairman Marco Minniti visited the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain

Med-Or Leonardo Foundation Chairman, Mr. Marco Minniti, paid a visit to the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain between 24-28 of March 2022

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Aging population paradoxes, between young and old generations, who will dominate the future?

The drop in natality and mortality rates is modifying the structure of contemporary society. The case of China is a clear example. By Guido Bolaffi.

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Food security and the war in Ukraine. What are the risks for the MENA area?

The war currently underway in Ukraine could have serious repercussions on the food security of some countries in the Near East and North Africa. An analysis by Anna Maria Cossiga

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Ethiopia needs a negotiated settlement

The conflict in Ethiopia is still far from being resolved, but the beginning of negotiations between the two sides might be an important step forward for the country and the entire Horn of Africa.

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Africa and the geopolitics of natural gas

As the Russia-Ukraine crisis leads to a change in gas supplies to Europe, Africa is becoming a more relevant player in this complex game, which goes well beyond the energy business. An analysis by Alessandro Giuli

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A new paradigm

Immigration is not an emergency.

By Marco Minniti, President of the Med-Or Foundation.

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Med-Or Leonardo Foundation and CRUI sign Memorandum of Understanding on higher education

Conference of Italian University Rectors and Med-Or will cooperate to promote collaboration initiatives.

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The coup, Russian influence, popular support: why has the military taken over Burkina Faso?

Causes and consequences of coups in the Sahel. An analysis by Luciano Pollichieni.

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Libya at the crossroad of its future

After electing Fathi Bashaga as Prime Minister, Libya is getting ready to turn the page. A look at possible scenarios in this new phase.

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Israel and the Gulf Countries: how relationships change

From Gantz’s visit to Bahrein to Israel’s participation in the naval exercises of the United States Fifth Fleet in the Red Sea: How the relationships between Israel and the Gulf Countries are changing after the Abraham Accords.

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What future for Lebanon?

Economic difficulties cast a shadow over the future of the country.

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The role of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Broader Mediterranean dynamics

The potential impact of the GERD on Northern Africa’s political balance. An analysis by Daniele Ruvinetti

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Turkey‘s role in the Mediterranean at the intersection of energy, economics and geopolitics.

Turkey’s economic and energy policies are linked to the country’s geopolitical ambitions in the Broader Mediterranean. A look at Ankara’s role in the region’s balance.

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The Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi and the security framework in the Gulf and the Red Sea

The attack on Abu Dhabi must be seen as part of a wider regional context, where the Yemen conflict, the Gulf security architecture and negotiations with Iran interplay.

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The Afghan antifeminist totalitarianism

The rationale behind the Taliban’s repression of women. An analysis by Guido Bolaffi.

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Saudi Arabia: Jeddah hosts first international film festival

In Saudi Arabia, the cultural revolution also unfolds through the cinema. Jeddah hosted its first international film festival. Rossella Fabiani reports

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The Importance of Being Niger

Profiting from a favorable diplomatic conjunction and its strategic position, Niger is a key partner for Europe in the Sahel. Yet, President Bazoum needs international support for the country’s internal problems emerging from the threat of several jihadist groups.

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Med-Or Foundation and Federal Republic of Somalia signed a Cooperation MoU

This morning the President of Med-Or Marco Minniti and the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Abdisaid Muse Ali signed a first Memorandum of Understanding between Med-Foundation and the Federal Republic of Somalia. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio and the Minister of Education of Somalia H.E. Abdullahi Abukar Haji also attended the ceremony.

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Why we need Somalia

After years of positive results, the state building process in Somalia risks to come to a standstill. The unresolved issue of presidential elections is key. Europe and Italy must realize that unless Somalia is saved, the entire Horn of Africa will be lost.

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Global migrant remittances and the pandemic. What happened in 2021

In 2021, despite the substantial block on migration caused by COVID-19, migrant remittances did not plummet as had been forecast by the World Bank. The situation in the South Asia Countries in the focus by Guido Bolaffi

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Chairman Minniti has returned from Med-Or Foundation’s visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

During the visit, Med-Or Foundation and representatives from Saudi Arabia discussed possible cooperation in the fields of education and training

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The Levant is thirsty

Climate change and drought plague the Countries in the Levant region. The mismanagement of water resources can contribute to the outburst of conflicts. The case of Syria offers food for thought.

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Med-Or Leonardo Foundation: first meeting of the Scientific Committee

The first meeting of the Scientific Committee of Med-Or Foundation was held on 2 December 2021 at the Foundation's headquarters in Rome

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Med-Or Foundation’s Chairman visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

During the visit Chairman Minniti held a meeting with the Minister of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia H.E. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh

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A dance of dragons and lions

Investment, infrastructure and soft power: China’s strategy in the Maghreb and its repercussions on the Mediterranean

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Jordan: key player and regional mediator

Despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, king Abdullah is showing all of his diplomatic abilities. The renewed good relations with the US and with several other states across the region could make Jordan a valuable mediator in the MENA region.

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Algeria: the restoration project of the Casbah of Algiers

The Algerian Government is launching a new rescue plan for Algiers’ Casbah. Sitting at the heart of the old town, the Casbah represents a piece of history for the city and the country as a whole. Rossella Fabiani explains why this project is so important for the country.

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Covid and Africa: three lessons that the West should learn quickly

The Covid pandemic in Africa is producing serious consequences. The continent not only needs help in the solution of the health crisis, but a paradigm shift in international relations.

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Med-Or Leonardo Foundation and Leonardo Company: fifty oxygen concentrators donated to the Republic of Niger

The ceremony took place in the presence of the Minister of State at the Presidency of the Republic of Niger, Rhissa Ag Boula, and the Advisor to the President of the Republic, Salim Mokkadem.

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Med-Or Leonardo Foundation: meeting of the Board of Directors. The Scientific Committee has been appointed

The Board of Directors of Med-Or Leonardo Foundation approved the activity plan and the forecast budget for 2021. The Board also appointed members of the Scientific Committee.

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Elections in Iraq: what next for the country?

On 10 October Iraq held elections for the renewal of its parliament: results and future challenges of the new government.

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Interpol: the important election this November you may not have heard of

Delegates from around the world will meet in November to vote in the new Executive Committee of the world’s premier international policing organisation, INTERPOL. An analysis by Pietro Baldelli.

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Lebanon: between old problems and future challenges

Hit by the worst economic and financial crisis in its history, Lebanon is on the brink of collapse. The international community has promised assistance in exchange for reforms.

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Med-Or Foundation: award ceremony for three students from Morocco

The ceremony took place in Rome, at the headquarters of the Foundation, in the presence of Minister Di Maio

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Tensions and troop movements on the Iranian-Azerbaijan border

The Islamic Republic strengthens its northern front, dispatching a large number of military units to the border with Azerbaijan. An analysis by Germano Dottori.

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Libya: limited room for manoeuvre ahead of the elections, as new tensions loom

In a country still plagued by internal divisions, there is a risk that political tensions between the East and the West could endanger the December general elections and open a new phase of conflict.

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India in a crossfire

The central role assigned to India by the US may not sit well with Russia, especially after the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan.

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Najla Bouden Romdhane assigned to form a government in Tunisia

Najla Bouden Romdhane is the first woman assigned to form a government in Tunisia’s history.

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Algeria’s reluctant leadership

Old guard faces consensus crisis, internal tensions and complex border issues

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Pakistan and the rise of the Taliban

For Islamabad, the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan can be seen as success, but it may hide risks. An analysis by Guido Bolaffi.

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Geography and potential of Expo 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first Exposition in MENASA area (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia). This will turn the spotlight on each of the world’s 192 countries and on the potential of a region which has about 2.3 billion people.

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Moroccan general elections: an outcome of regional significance

Poll results in Morocco may mark a very important political twist in the Kingdom – and across the region

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Med-Or Foundation and MBDA Italia sign an agreement on training

On Friday September 17, a meeting was held at MBDA Italia headquarters in Rome between the Italian top management of the company and those of Med-Or Foundation, for a first, fruitful discussion on the possible activities of mutual collaboration.

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India’s role in the Afghan jigsaw

Indian government has shown political and diplomatic flexibility, but there is no shortage of internal antagonisms.

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The Abraham Accords one year on

One year after the signing of the agreements, a brief analysis of their geopolitical impact in the Middle East region

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Lives in history of the Mediterranean: Martin Lings

The second installment of the series curated by Pietrangelo Buttafuoco tells the story of Martin Lings

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The Tunisian crisis and the Saïed Option

The analysis of the political change in Tunisia by Alessandro Giuli’s standpoint

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9/11, twenty years later

Twenty years have passed since 9/11/2001 attacks in New York and Washington. An event which has changed the course of history of the West and the whole world. Nowadays, our effort is not to forget these dramatic happenings and the innocent victims.

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Turkey-UAE rapprochement: an opportunity for dialogue

The recent meeting in Ankara between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Councillor for National Security of the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, could open a new phase in international politics as well as new geopolitical dynamics in the broader Mediterranean area.

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China, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan: what could change in the region?

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan has put an end to what senior correspondent and deputy Foreign Policy news editor Michael Hirsch defined as “America’s greatest strategic disaster”. However, it also opened a huge geopolitical and diplomatic Pandora’s box for the key players in that turbulent region – chiefly India, China and Pakistan.

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David Meidan wishes to Med-Or Foundation

David Meidan sends a message to Med-Or Foundation. David Meidan is currently a private business man who expertise in exporting cutting edge high technology produced in Israel.

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Abdullah al Lafi wishes to Med-Or Foundation

Abdullah al Lafi, Vice President of the Libyan Presidential Council, sends a message to Med-Or Foundation on the day of the inauguration.ne.

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Biden’s trip to Europe and the challenges posed by Indo-Pacific competition

Guido Bolaffi reflects on the US President’s trip to Europe, from the G7 to the Geneva summit with President Vladimir Putin

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Arab countries’ commitment to Health Security

Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Emirates launched a mass vaccination campaign and are aiming at own production of vaccines by focusing on Health Resilience

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Mohamed Abdirizak wishes to Med-Or Foundation

Mohamed Abdirizak, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia, sends a message to Med-Or Foundation on the day of the inauguration.

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The Tunisian crisis sends a message to Europe

In Tunisia the democratic process, which started a decade ago, has been suspended by an institutional crisis that might have sensitive implications not only for the country, but also for the broader Mediterranean region.

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MoU Med-Or, Luiss, Mohammed VI: Karim El Aynaoui’s speech

The speech of Karim El Aynaoui, Executive Vice-President of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

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Lives in the history of the Mediterranean: Musa Sadr

The first installment of the series curated by Pietrangelo Buttafuoco tells the story of Musa Sadr, one of the leading figures in the intellectual renaissance of Shia Islam, which is present – in its complex articulations – in many countries across the Near East.

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Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani wishes to Med-Or Foundation

Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, sends a message to Med-Or Foundation on the day of the inauguration.

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Med-Or Day: greetings from the guests

During the Med-Or Day ceremony we collected the greetings and comments of some of the guests. You will find them all enclosed in these short videos we realized.

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani wishes to Med-Or Foundation

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, sends a message to Med-Or Foundation on the day of the inauguration.

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Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sheikh wishes to Med-Or Foundation

Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sheikh, Minister of Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, sends a message to Med-Or Foundation on the day of the inauguration.

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Italy and Morocco: A strategic partnership for the broader Mediterranean region and Africa

Notes from Ambassador Armando Barucco on the relations between Italy and the Kingdom of Morocco, and on the cooperation agreement between the Med-Or Foundation, Rome’s Luiss University and Mohammed VI University in Rabat.

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“Lives in the history of the Mediterranean”: a series curated by Pietrangelo Buttafuoco for Med-Or

Starting next week, a monthly series focusing on the lives of the people who made the history of the Mediterranean region.

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Le relazioni tra India e Stati Uniti: un nuovo inizio?

Was it Joe Biden who softened the long-promised US hard line against Narendra Modi’s India – or was it, as the Americans claim, the Indian Prime Minister who decided to put on the backburner his proclaimed hostility towards the new US President?

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Med-Or Day: inauguration of the Foundation’s new headquarters

20 July 2021 marked Med-Or Day, the public launch of Med-Or Foundation, which opened the doors of its offices in Rome to meet with stakeholders from Italy and all over the world.

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Dimitris Avramopoulos wishes to Med-Or Foundation

Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship (2014-2019), sends a message to Med-Or Foundation on the day of the inauguration.

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Med-Or Foundation launches its first advanced education project with Luiss Guido Carli University and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University of Morocco

Med-Or Foundation is glad to announce a partnership with Luiss Guido Carli University of Rome and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University of Rabat to promote cultural initiatives and enhance scientific and academic cooperation.

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The Mediterranean: an area of global strategic relevance

In an increasingly polarized world, the Mediterranean holds the key to world security

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Libya general elections: a crucial step for the country’s stabilisation process

Between a ceasefire and planned general elections, Libya is struggling to visualize a better future. But the government that will emerge from the electoral competition will face the challenge of stabilising the country first

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