4 December 2019 Infrastructures and Power in the Middle East and North Africa
  • 13.00 - 18.00
  • 4 December 2019
  • Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome

Over the last decade, the Mediterranean and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has experienced profound and far-reaching social, political and economic transformations that have contributed to unprecedented levels of volatility and uncertainty across the region. Some of these shifts have reshaped many of the traditional features of the geopolitical order in place in the region for decades, while others might have the potential to do so in the near future. Increase competition among regional powers but also new stakes by emerging global powers are redefining the contours of regional geopolitics and the way in which this region relates to broader global trends.

One of those trends is the importance of connectivity and the control and property of physical or virtual infrastructures.

Against this background, the workshop will examine the challenges for each type of infrastructure; the players involved (both from the regional and the global levels); the dynamics of power resulting from their interplay; instances of regional cooperation or conflict; and the implications for the EU and its responses, policies and diplomacy around these infrastructures

Analysing regional dynamics through the lenses of infrastructure and power will allow to discuss the shifting position of the region in world affairs but also to assess how global dynamics impact the MENA region itself.

 

 

Agenda


14:00-14:15 Introductory remarks

Silvia Colombo Head of the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme IAI – Istituto Affari Internazionali
Eduard Soler Senior Researcher, Scientific Coordinator of the MENARA Project CIDOB – Barcelona Centre for International Affairs

14:15-15:30 Presentation of chapters – part 1

Airlines and Airports as Instruments of Soft Power

 

The Geopolitics of Virtual Spaces
Victor Salama Professor Cairo University

15:30-15:45 Coffee-break

15:45-17:00 Presentation of chapters – part 2

Ports and Maritime Choke Points
Laura Basagni Program Coordinator GMF - German Marshall Fund

 

Pipelines and Grids Geopolitics

17:00-17:45 EU perspectives and next steps

Silvia Colombo Head of the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme IAI – Istituto Affari Internazionali
Eduard Soler Senior Researcher, Scientific Coordinator of the MENARA Project CIDOB – Barcelona Centre for International Affairs