Tackling with the dynamics of an ever-changing region, the Middle East Directions Programme organised several policy-related events throughout 2018, ending the year with its annual conference. This year’s edition addressed the issue of war economy dynamics in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and neighbouring countries, gathering numerous experts from the world of practice and academia.
The workshop ‘A Political Economy of Reconciliation and Reconstruction in the MENA region?’, which had taken place before in April, had contributed to the preparation of the conference in terms of setting the research agenda and increasing networking efforts.
The MEDirections Summer School, co-organised with the School of Transnational Governance, focused on post-conflict stabilisation and the main challenges facing the post-Islamic State (IS) scenario in Syria, Iraq and Libya. The aim here was to provide policy-makers, practitioners and academics with in-depth analyses on the most relevant factors affecting the region.