The Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Anna Lindh Italy Federation participated - with their representatives - in the seventh edition of "ROME MED - MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUES": the annual high-level initiative promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies) with the aim of rethinking traditional approaches to the area by integrating analyses of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions and to draw up a new "positive agenda", addressing shared challenges at both regional and international levels.
This year's edition was dedicated to a positive agenda for the Mediterranean between transition and signs of recovery.
Launched in 2015, MED has rapidly become the global hub for high-level dialogues on the wider Mediterranean, involving prominent leaders from Mediterranean governments, business, civil society, media and academia.
Past editions have brought together more than 1,000 international leaders, including Heads of State and Ministers (among them, the King of Jordan, the Iraqi and Lebanese Presidents, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, the United States. Secretary of State, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Envoy for Syria, as well as the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the first Vice-President of the Commission and many others).
The Italian Institute for International Policy Studies (ISPI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank that provides cutting-edge research and viable policy options to government officials, business executives and the general public who wish to better understand international affairs. Founded in 1934 in Milan, ISPI has always taken a pragmatic approach to the analysis of geographic areas and issues of particular interest to Italy and Europe. ISPI is the only Italian institute - and one of the few in Europe - that combines policy-oriented research with an equally significant commitment to education and training, to conferences and consulting on international trends.
The four pillars
Rome MED is based on four pillars: shared prosperity, shared security, migration and civil society and culture. Discussions on these themes aim to complement analyses of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions for increasing economic cooperation, overcoming regional rivalries and conflicts, and ensuring that the right incentives are put in place for sustainable development.
President Michele Capasso, connected from the Foundation's headquarters, recalled the Foundation's 30 years of activity in the Mediterranean when very few people were interested in the issue and relaunched the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD project.