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The fourth event, held in cooperation with the Malcom H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, zooms in peace and security issues, by analyzing the EU’s attitude vis-à-vis some of the most complex conflicts and crises in the Middle East.

Event details of Peace, Security and Conflict in the Middle East
Date 11 May 2022
Time 16:00 -17:30

Federica Bicchi & Benedetta Voltolini kick off the section by analyzing the EU’s role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Assem Dandashly and Maria Luisa Fantappie then explore the EU’s role in Lebanon and Iraq respectively. Finally, Cornelius Adebahr & Riccardo Alcaro explain how EU-Iran relations are intertwined.

The panel consists of: 

Maha Yahya (Chair and Discussant) is director of the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on citizenship, pluralism, and social justice in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings.

Federica Bicchi is Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her current research focuses on contemporary trends in European diplomacy, especially in relation to the digitalization of diplomacy and developments in European foreign policy cooperation. 

Benedetta Voltolini is Lecturer in European Foreign Policy in the Department of European and International Studies at King’s College London. Her research focuses on EU foreign policy towards the Middle East and North Africa, on lobbying and framing in EU external relations.

Maria Luisa Fantappie is a Senior Adviser at the International Crisis Group. Between January and August 2018, she served as Senior Strategic Adviser on Security Sector Reform Coordination to the EU mission in Iraq, seconded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Assem Dandashly is a tenured Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Maastricht University. Assem holds a PhD in political science (2012) from the University of Victoria, BC Canada. Assem’s research focuses on EU–MENA relations – with a focus on democracy promotion and security.

Cornelius Adebahr is an independent analyst and consultant working on European foreign policy. He is the author of Europe and Iran: The Nuclear Deal and Beyond (Routledge 2017) and Learning and Change in European Foreign Policy: The Case of the EU Special Representatives (2009).

Riccardo Alcaro is Research Coordinator of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). His main area of expertise is the transatlantic relationship He is the author of Europe and Iran’s Nuclear Crisis. Lead Groups and EU Foreign Policy Making (2018) and a number of articles on Iran’s nuclear dispute.