The Italian Government plans to commit to international military missions in several areas and identifies the Broader Mediterranean as a hub for East-West global dynamics
Held the first meeting of the Med-Or Foundation’s International Board. Minniti (Med-Or Chairman): “A great opportunity to discuss the future of the Mediterranean”
The G7 leaders met in Japan from 19 to 21 May. Ukrainian President Zelensky and the leaders of some of the main countries of the Indo-Pacific region were also in attendance.
Italy's cultural activism in the Middle East and Asia in the interwar period. An analysis by Leonardo Palma
Atlantic Council held a conversation with Italian Chief of Defense Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone on Italy’s defense posture in light of Russia’s continued war in Ukraine and systemic changes to the European security architecture. Check out the keynote speech's video.
The 23rd edition of the Mediterranean Strategy Group, a transatlantic forum for discussions on Mediterranean affairs organized by the German Marshall Fund together with Med-Or Foundation and in collaboration with the Compagnia di San Paolo, the Policy Center for the New South and the Alexander Philon Fund for Transatlantic Partnership, has been held in Palermo from 15 to 18 May.
On 11 May, a seminar held by the Director of the Advanced Technologies and National Security program at the INSS, Dr. Liran Antebi, took place at the Foundation’s headquarters
Defence Minister Crosetto’s visit to Iraq was an opportunity to reaffirm Italy’s political-military commitment and to discuss new forms of economic cooperation
The trilateral meeting between Italy, Ethiopia and Somalia held during Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s visit to Ethiopia highlights Italy’s intention to view this region as strategic for the stability of the Broader Mediterranean. Her visit coincides with the beginning of hostilities in Sudan, which threatens to unleash a new wave of illegal migration towards Italian shores.
For the first time in the history of demography, a great nation is aging before becoming rich. The analysis by Guido Bolaffi
The two countries leading the G20 and G7 place a Free and Open Indo-Pacific and the Global South at the heart of their shared agenda. An analysis by Guido Bolaffi.
US actions in Libya and the Near East focus on promoting the country’s political and economic stabilisation, countering the Wagner Group and supporting allies.
The event, organized by Med-Or Foundation in collaboration with the Mauritanian Ministry of Culture and the Mauritanian Embassy in Italy, took place on Thursday 23 March in Rome at the MAXXI auditorium
The Mediterranean represents one of the main focus areas towards which Italian foreign policy gravitates. Over the last few years, this region straddling three continents has become increasingly important in geopolitical terms, as the scene of confrontation between all the major global powers.
The visit of Italy’s President of the Republic to Kenya comes at a historic moment when the eyes of the world are on the region. Between symbolic and pragmatic, the visit puts Africa back at the heart of Italian foreign policy.
Recent meetings between Italian and Israeli authorities further strengthen already strong relations. By Anna Maria Cossiga
The Arctic and the Mediterranean seas are much closer than they may seem. Factors such as climate, security and transports link them and may make them even more interdependent in the near future.
Rome and New Delhi revive their strategic partnership: the Defence and Security sectors are at the heart of cooperation, but the scope is broader.
During his visit to Israel, Med-Or Foundation’s Chairman Marco Minniti signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) of Tel Aviv.
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s visit to the UAE confirms a new beginning in Italy-UAE relations following five months of incremental engagement between the two governments
Med-Or Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Sudan for collaboration in the fields of higher education and culture.
The first seminar on the relations between Italy and France in the Mediterranean was held in Rome, promoted by Med-Or in collaboration with Limes and La Vigie
The agreement was signed during the meeting between Med-Or Chairman, Marco Minniti, and the President of the CNR, Maria Chiara Carrozza, in which some initial possible areas of collaboration and projects for the countries of the Broader Mediterranean were also discussed
The House of the Abrahamic Family, a symbol of interreligious dialogue and rapprochement between peoples, has been inaugurated in Abu Dhabi. By Anna Cossiga
While not a new trend, the bolstering of bilateral ties by the UAE with Indo-Pacific actors has recently been gaining new speed, due to the growing strategic relevance of the region. The new France-India-UAE trilateral cooperation initiative is a case in point
The rediscovery and protection of Yemen’s archaeological heritage at the centre of cultural cooperation between Italy and Yemen. By Rossella Fabiani
On Friday 10 February, the event “Italy, Somalia. A special relationship” by Med-Or Foundation was held at Luiss Guido Carli University. It saw the participation of the President of the Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, met with Chairman Marco Minniti at Med-Or headquarters. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed
A report on the US Secretary of State’s recent visit to the Middle East. By Anna Maria Cossiga
From workers’ remittances to study abroad visas: India turns emigration into a strength for its economy. An analysis by Guido Bolaffi.
Med-Or Foundation Chairman, Marco Minniti, and the Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Kais Abu Dayyeh, signed a Letter of Intent for cooperation in the fields of academic and professional education and in projects aimed at developing the capacity building of Jordan
An analysis by Daniele Ruvinetti
Why has Bangladesh, despite a positive economic framework, turned to the IMF for the release of an urgent assistance package? By Guido Bolaffi
Water stress could exacerbate the already tense situation in the Levant and limit regional cooperation, but also offer an opportunity for countries to strike deals on an equal basis that benefit all sides. The case of Jordan and Israel. By Giorgia Perletta
INGV and Med-Or Foundation strike up a collaboration to promote joint higher education projects in the Mediterranean area
What impact and consequences will the signing of the GCAP agreement between Italy, Japan, and the UK have? By Leonardo Palma
The speech by the President of Niger Mohamed Bazoum at the event “Italy, Niger. Europe, Africa. Two continents. One Destiny”, organized by Med-Or Foundation
Med-Or Chairman, Marco Minniti, met the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Yemen, Dr. Ahmad Awad Bin Mubarak, at the headquarters of Med-Or Foundation
On Thursday 1 December, the event “Italy, Niger. Europe, Africa. Two continents. One destiny” by Med-Or Foundation was held at Luiss Guido Carli. It saw the participation of the President of the Republic of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum
Med-Or Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Emirates Policy Center during the inauguration of the 9th Abu Dhabi Strategic Debates
On November 9, Med-Or Foundation hosted the presentation of the book “Il Mediterraneo e l’Italia. Dal mare nostrum alla centralità comprimaria” by Egidio Ivetic
Med-Or Chairman, Marco Minniti, met the Secretary General of the Higher Education Council of Bahrain, Sheikha Raná Al Khalifa at the headquarters of the Foundation, in the presence of the Ambassador of Bahrain in Italy, Nasser Al Balooshi.
It is no longer a secret that Algeria and Europe are extremely close – now more than ever, given the current geopolitical context.
Med-Or Foundation supported the provision of a PhD scholarship in Bioengineering, Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems at the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome
Israel and Lebanon signed a historic agreement for shared exploitation of offshore gas fields. An analysis by Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli
On October 27, a joint delegation from Med-Or Foundation and Luiss School of Government visited Leonardo’s Global Security Operation Center (SOC) in Chieti
“New Horizons for Cooperation between Italy and the UAE”, a two-day workshop organised by Med-Or Foundation took place in Rome on 26-27 October 2022
The closing ceremony of Luiss School of Government’s Executive Course “Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity in a Global Digital Age: Policy and Management Solutions” was held at Med-Or Foundation headquarters on October 28
Med-Or Foundation supported the realization of the Executive Course “Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity in a Global Digital Age: Policy and Management Solutions” organized in collaboration with Luiss School of Government
The Board of Directors of the Med-Or Foundation announces the composition of its International Board
The financial crisis in Lebanon and the future of the Lebanese economy. An analysis by Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli
Med-Or Chariman Marco Minniti attended the first edition of the IASD Alumni Conference addressing the issue of security policy in the Broader Mediterranean
Med-Or Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation of Yemen, for cooperation in the fields of higher education and culture
India's skillful diplomatic posture, which 'walks the tightrope' between East and West, is popular with Chinese public opinion but troubles the Government in Beijing. By Guido Bolaffi
During the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, new border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan took place. From the Caucasus to Central Asia, tensions are rising again in some post-Soviet countries
Med-Or Foundation supported the event 'Digital Byzantium', a digital exhibition dedicated to Byzantine tangible and intangible cultural heritage, held in Venice from 22 to 28 August 2022.
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On the 75th anniversary of the country's independence, India also celebrated two historic events in the space of a few days
In Montenegro, the parliament's vote of no confidence opened a complex government crisis that could have several implications for the country and the Balkan region. By Antonio Stango
The number of African countries thinking of developing a nuclear programme is growing, while collaboration projects with Russia and China are increasing. By Emanuele Rossi
Causes and possible developments of the recent Kosovo-Serbia tensions. The importance of Western Balkan political stability for European security. An analysis by Antonio Stango.
The Mediterranean, increasingly a bridge between East and West, is key to the deployment of undersea internet infrastructures. An analysis by Emanuele Rossi
Med-Or Foundation and LUISS School of Government have launched an Executive Program in “Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity in a Global Digital Age: Policy and Management Solutions”
Med-Or Day, the annual event organised by Med-Or Foundation in Rome, is back.
Med-Or Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Presidency of the Republic of Niger for a collaboration in the fields of higher education, research, and the organization of cultural initiatives of common interest.
Med-Or Chairman Marco Minniti met with Yemeni Ambassador Asmahan Al-Toqi at the headquarters of the Foundation to discuss future cooperation in the field of education
On Wednesday, July 20, a Memorandum of Cooperation between Med-Or Foundation and the Center for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey was signed.
The show, organized by the Italian-Lebanese Cultural Institute and promoted by Med-Or, with the patronage of the Lebanese Embassy, was held in Rome at the MAXXI. Here the video of the fashion show.
The event, promoted by Med-Or, the Embassy of France to Italy and Formiche, was held on 13 July at the Foundation’s headquarters.
Med-Or Foundation Chairman, Marco Minniti, met the official delegation of WAM, the United Arab Emirates news agency, at Med-Or headquarters
Med-Or Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Delphi Economic Forum for collaboration in the fields of international cooperation and cultural promotion.
Russia and China have chosen to take a strategically cautious stand in the conflict between Morocco and Algeria and in their relations with the two North African Countries. By Alessandro Giuli
The Indo-Pacific is going through a phase of commotion following the outbreak of the crisis in Sri Lanka and the overlapping of relevant diplomatic meetings and events. By Guido Bolaffi
The event, promoted by Med-Or Foundation and the Atlantic Council, was held on 31 May at the Foundation’s headquarters.
Tensions in Libya could escalate into a dramatic crisis. The international community is assessing alternative solutions, including a ‘mini-government’ to lead the country to general elections. By Daniele Ruvinetti
The Chairman of Med-Or Foundation, Marco Minniti, went on a visit to Morocco on 24 and 25 May 2022
Keeping in mind the intertwining of domestic and international dynamics, Oman’s interest in not getting entangled in regional struggles is deemed functional in countering possible destabilizing spillover effects across the country. The recent high-level official visit to the Omani capital by the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, well exemplifies the Sultanate’s high priority in maintaining cordial relations with Tehran.
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.
Speech by the President of Med-Or Foundation Marco Minniti, released on Friday 13 May as part of the panel discussion "The Mediterranean scenario: today's opportunities and trajectories for the future", at the Forum "Towards the South: the European strategy for a new geopolitical, economic, and socio-cultural season in the Mediterranean", organised by The European House - Ambrosetti and the Ministry for the South and Territorial Cohesion.
Med-Or Foundation signed a MoU with the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari
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
From the Iran issue to the Ukraine conflict
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.
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.
Med-Or Director for International Relations Umberto Tavolato discusses Mediterranean as a key to global security
The areas covered by the MoU are the promotion and teaching of the Italian language in Lebanon, higher education, and training
A brief history of the Khazar Khaganate by Alessandro Giuli
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
Med-Or Leonardo Foundation Chairman, Mr. Marco Minniti, paid a visit to the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain between 24-28 of March 2022
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.
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
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.
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
Immigration is not an emergency.
By Marco Minniti, President of the Med-Or Foundation.
Conference of Italian University Rectors and Med-Or will cooperate to promote collaboration initiatives.
Causes and consequences of coups in the Sahel. An analysis by Luciano Pollichieni.
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After electing Fathi Bashaga as Prime Minister, Libya is getting ready to turn the page. A look at possible scenarios in this new phase.
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.
Economic difficulties cast a shadow over the future of the country.
The potential impact of the GERD on Northern Africa’s political balance. An analysis by Daniele Ruvinetti
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.
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.
The rationale behind the Taliban’s repression of women. An analysis by Guido Bolaffi.
In Saudi Arabia, the cultural revolution also unfolds through the cinema. Jeddah hosted its first international film festival. Rossella Fabiani reports
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.
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.
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.
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
During the visit, Med-Or Foundation and representatives from Saudi Arabia discussed possible cooperation in the fields of education and training
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.
The first meeting of the Scientific Committee of Med-Or Foundation was held on 2 December 2021 at the Foundation's headquarters in Rome
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
Investment, infrastructure and soft power: China’s strategy in the Maghreb and its repercussions on the Mediterranean
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 10 October Iraq held elections for the renewal of its parliament: results and future challenges of the new government.
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.
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.
The ceremony took place in Rome, at the headquarters of the Foundation, in the presence of Minister Di Maio
The Islamic Republic strengthens its northern front, dispatching a large number of military units to the border with Azerbaijan. An analysis by Germano Dottori.
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.
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.
Najla Bouden Romdhane is the first woman assigned to form a government in Tunisia’s history.
Old guard faces consensus crisis, internal tensions and complex border issues
For Islamabad, the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan can be seen as success, but it may hide risks. An analysis by Guido Bolaffi.
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.
Poll results in Morocco may mark a very important political twist in the Kingdom – and across the region
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.
Indian government has shown political and diplomatic flexibility, but there is no shortage of internal antagonisms.
One year after the signing of the agreements, a brief analysis of their geopolitical impact in the Middle East region
The second installment of the series curated by Pietrangelo Buttafuoco tells the story of Martin Lings
The analysis of the political change in Tunisia by Alessandro Giuli’s standpoint
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.
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.
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.
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.
Abdullah al Lafi, Vice President of the Libyan Presidential Council, sends a message to Med-Or Foundation on the day of the inauguration.ne.
Guido Bolaffi reflects on the US President’s trip to Europe, from the G7 to the Geneva summit with President Vladimir Putin
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
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.
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.
The speech of Karim El Aynaoui, Executive Vice-President of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Starting next week, a monthly series focusing on the lives of the people who made the history of the Mediterranean region.
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?
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.
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.
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.
In an increasingly polarized world, the Mediterranean holds the key to world security
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