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BMI Conference: Conflict Diplomacy in the Digital World

25/9/2019

The conference took place in Rome between 18th-20th of September 2019, thanks to a collaborative effort of BMI and Link Campus University in Rome, hosted by Prof. Vincenzo Scotti, President of Link Campus University, Former Italian Minister of Interior, of Cultural Heritage, of State Holdings and Former Mayor of Naples. The conference has been a major success, featuring key decision makers, former ambassadors, negotiators, prime ministers, foreign and defense ministers, as well as prominent members of International Academia from Israel, Italy, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Czech Republic, Austria and others. Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, Member of BMI Advisory Board; Founder and President of the Israel Institute; Former Ambassador of Israel to USA and President Emeritus of Tel-Aviv University; Amb. Prof. Maurizio Melani of Link Campus University, Former D.G. in the Italian MFA and Ambassador to Iraq, to the Political and Security Committee of the EU and to Ethiopia; Prof. Itai Sened, Head of BMI; Founding Head of the School of Social and Policy Studies at Tel-Aviv University; Dr. Ahmed Abdelwahed, Chairman of the Academy for International Development – Middle East and North Africa AID-MENA; Dr. Hussein Agha, Senior Associate Member, St. Antony’s College, Oxford; Prof. Daniela Giannetti, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna and Prof. Wolfgang C. Müller, Department of Governance, University of Vienna were among the prominent speakers.

 

During the conference, through six panels - major global geopolitical issues were discussed, such as the conflict in Colombia, which is one of the longest lasting conflicts that was resolved; the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict, its’ roots and origins, as well as the prospects of the two states solution; the general situation in the Middle East and how it affects the modern world; the current state of diplomacy and how hard it is to negotiate, with such a rapid spread of information as well as the dimension of “fake news” that only makes it harder to keep peace intact, and lastly - the current state of the European Union, after the recent elections to the European Parliament, investigating how the EU is slowly radicalizing its’ governing bodies with populism on the rise.

On the side of significant former or current decision makers, the list of participants included Prof. Shlomo Ben-Ami, Vice President, Toledo International Center for Peace and former Foreign Minister of Israel; Mr. Sergio Jaramillo Caro, Former High commissioner of Peace, Colombia; Prof. Massimo D’Alema, Link Campus University, President of the Italianieuropei Foundation, Former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy; and Dr. Elisabetta Trenta, former Minister of Defence of Italy.

 

Overall - the conference was deemed a significant breakthrough to the recent work of BMI, shedding light on major global challenges that the contemporary world is facing, hence moving us closer to finding valid policy recommendations to contribute to solving such.

 

Agenda

 

Thursday, 19.9.19

 

09:00   Opening Statements:

 

Prof. Vincenzo Scotti, President of Link Campus University, Former Italian Minister of Interior, of  Foreign Affairs, of  Cultural Heritage,of State Holdings and Former Mayor of Naples

Dr. Boris Mints, President of BMI 

Prof. Itai Sened, Head, BMI; Founding Head, School of Social and Policy Studies, Tel-Aviv University

 

10:00  The Peace Process in Colombia – Why Did it Work?

 

Moderator: Prof. Piero Schiavazzi, Link Campus University

 

Prof. Shlomo Ben-Ami, Vice President, Toledo International Center for Peace and former Foreign Minister of Israel

Mr. Sergio Jaramillo Caro, Former High commissioner of Peace, Colombia Discussion

Prof. Alberto Melloni, Director of the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies, Coordinator of the European Research Infrastructure of Religious Studies

 

 

11: 30  Academic Forum 1: The Fundamentals of the Palestinian – Israeli Conflict

 

Moderator: Professor Itai Sened, Head of the Boris Mints Institute, TAU

Dr. Sami Miaari, Department of Labor Studies, Tel-Aviv University     View Presentation 

Prof. Fabio Nicolucci, Middle East political analyst, Link Campus University

Dr. Ahmed Abdelwahed, Chairman of the Academy for International Development – Middle East and North Africa AID-MENA

Discussant: Amit Loewenthal – Ph.D. student Tel Aviv University

 

14:00   Ambassadors’ Forum 1: The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict – Perspective and Prospects

 

Moderator: Amb.Prof. Maurizio Melani, Link Campus University, Former D.G. in the Italian

MFA and Ambassador to Iraq, to the Political and Security Committee of the EU and to Ethiopia

 

Amb. Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, Member of BMI Advisory Board; Founder and President of the Israel Institute; Former Ambassador of Israel to USA and President Emeritus of Tel-Aviv University

Dr. Hussein Agha, Senior Associate Member, St. Antony’s College, Oxford

Amb. Daniel Shek, Former Ambassador of Israel to France and Monaco

 

 

15:30   Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Forum: The Middle East in the Contemporary Global Perspective

 

Moderator: Amb. Prof. Maurizio Melani, Link Campus University, Former D.G. in the Italian MFA and Ambassador to Iraq, to the Political and Security Committee of the EU and to Ethiopia

 

Prof. Shlomo Ben-Ami, Vice President, Toledo International Center for Peace and former Foreign Minister of Israel

Prof. Massimo D’Alema, Link Campus University, President of the Italianieuropei Foundation Former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy

Dr. Elisabetta Trenta, former Minister of Defence of Italy

 

Friday, 20.9.19

 

09:00   Ambassadors’ Forum 2: Diplomacy in the Modern Era

 

Moderator: Professor Itai Sened, Head of the Boris Mints Institute, TAU

 

Amb. Ferdinando Salleo, Former Secretary General of the Italian MFA, Former Ambassador to USA, USSR (and then Russia) and OECD

Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, Member of BMI Advisory Board; Founder and President of the Israel Institute; Former Ambassador of Israel to USA and President Emeritus of Tel-Aviv University

Amb. Daniel Shek, Former Ambassador of Israel to France and Monaco

Prof. Clelia Piperno, CEO of the Talmud Project

 

 

10:45   Institutional and Academic Forum : Europe after the EP Elections

 

Moderator: Amb. Prof. Maurizio Melani, Link Campus University, Former D.G. in the Italian MFA and Ambassador to Iraq, to the Political and Security Committee of the EU and to Ethiopia

 

Prof. Daniela Giannetti, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna

  View Presentation  

Prof. Wolfgang C. Müller, Department of Governance, University of Vienna

Karen Umansky, BMI Fellow, Department of Public Policy, Tel-Aviv University 

  View Presentation  

Hon. Vaclav Klaus, Member of BMI Advisory Board, Co- Founder of the Václav Klaus Institute, former President of the Czech Republic

 

12:15   Concluding Remarks

 

Prof. Vincenzo Scotti, President of Link Campus University, Former Italian Minister of Interior, of  Cultural Heritage, of State Holdings and Former Mayor of Naples

Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, Founder and President of the Israel Institute; Former Ambassador of Israel to USA and President Emeritus of Tel-Aviv University

 

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