December 2019

Infrastructures and Power in the Middle East and North Africa

Abstract

The Dialogue Workshop “Infrastructures and Power in the Middle East and North Africa” was held on December 04, 2019 at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) as part of the EuroMeSCo ENI Project, co-funded by the European Union and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed).

A total of 18 participants, including EuroMeSCo researchers directly involved in the project, as well as other experts and scholars, attended the dialogue workshop. This event aimed at discussing the initial research results ahead of the publication of a Joint Policy Study (envisaged for March 2020). The workshop was focused on different kinds of infrastructures, both physical and immaterial, in the MENA region and on their role, which was analysed through geopolitical lenses.  The workshop dealt with four topics: geopolitics of space, maritime geopolitics, cyber-geopolitics and energy infrastructures.

The present report is a summary of main points raised in workshop discussions.