Med mess. The Mediterranean basin facing the crisis of the liberal international order: challenges, threats, opportunities

2 November 2023. From 18:30 | Conference | English | IEMed
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Three structural tensions are at work in the Mediterranean: Russia’s aggressive action towards the EU, migratory pressures, and the instability of many regimes on the southern shore. The reopening of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while a war has been underway in the Mediterranean, in the center of Europe, for almost 20 months, is transforming the Mediterranean region into the most critical front of the international liberal order. To contrast such a threat, it is not enough for democracies to demonstrate firmness and unity, but they must also behave more consistently with the principles that inspire them.

Vittorio Emanuele Parsi is professor of International Relations at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan and at the University of Lugano. In addition, since 2005 he has been directing the Master’s program in Economics and International Policies and since 2013 the ASERI (Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations) in Milan. He is a member of the “Società per lo Studio della Diffusione della Democrazia” (SSDD) and of the Advisory Council of the Center for Diplomacy and Strategy from the London School of Economics (LSE, IDEAS), among others. He is a columnist for several newspapers and is part of the Strategic Thinking Group of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He mainly researches transatlantic relations, security in the Middle East, structural changes in the international political system, the relationship between democracy and the market. His latest book is “The Wrecking of the Liberal World Order” (2021).

Session moderated by Sergi Rodríguez López-Ros, vice dean of Institutional Relations at the Universitat Abat Oliba-CEU

This conference takes place in English at the IEMed conference room, Girona, 20 – Barcelona.

It can also be followed on IEMed’s Youtube Channel.


Vittorio Emanuele Parsi

Vittorio Emanuele Parsi

Professor of International Relations Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Sergi Rodríguez López-Ros

Sergi Rodríguez López-Ros

Vice dean of Institutional Relations Universitat Abat Oliba-CEU

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