Algeria is trying to implement a series of political and economic reforms aimed at improving a difficult socio-economic situation and smooth the path towards the legislative elections of June 12. However, the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic consequences, combined with both resuming popular manifestations guided by the Hirak movement and an increasingly volatile regional scenario, may soon bring forth yet another litmus test for the government and the country as a whole. What challenges lie ahead for Algeria? What the implications for the country’s and the region’s stability?

Panel Discussion

Haizam Amirah-Fernández, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute, Spain

Amel Boubekeur, Co-Director, Institute for Social Science Research on Algeria (ISSRA)

Dalia Ghanem, Resident Scholar, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon

Yahia Zoubir, Professor of International Relations and International Management, and Director of Research in Geopolitics, KEDGE Business School

Ahmed Rouaba, Journalist, BBC



Le Festival de Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan 4-10 giugno 2021

Festival de Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan

Depuis sa création en 1985 par l’association «Amis du Cinéma de Tétouan» (ACT), le Festival de Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan n’a eu de cesse de promouvoir les cinématographies de la mare nostrum et de porter haut les valeurs d’une cinéphilie exigeante et diverse. Connu pour son engagement et sa contribution à la diffusion du cinéma méditerranéen, le festival est d’abord celui d’une ville, Tétouan, terreau des arts qui, de la musique aux arts plastiques, a abrité et continue d’abriter des mouvements artistiques qui connaissent un rayonnement bien au-delà de la région. C’est donc dans cette ville au climat culturel favorable que, tout naturellement, une poignée d’enseignants cinéphiles imagine ce projet, alors même que les ciné-clubs, au sein desquels ils ont été formés, disparaissaient au Maroc.

Rappelons que le festival a accueilli les plus grandes figures du cinéma méditerranéen dont on peut citer à titre d’exemple :

Youssef Chahine (Égypte), Agnès Varda (France), Mohamed Abderrahmane Tazi (Maroc), Lucas Belvaux (Belgique), Faouzi Bensaïdi (Maroc), Gianni Amelio (Italie), Houda Soltane (Égypte), Giuseppe Tornatore (Italie), Nabila Oubaid (Égypte), Jane Birkin (France), Farid Chawki (Égypte), Ismael Ferroukhi (Maroc), Jean-Claude Brisseau (France), Mohamed Miftah (Maroc), Nadia Lotfi (Égypte), Salah Abou Saïf (Égypte), Daoud Oulad Syad (Maroc), Olivier Assayas (France), Boussy (Égypte), André Téchiné (France), Ahmed El Fichaoui (Égypte), Amal Ayouch (Maroc), Georges Chamoune (Liban), Mai Masri (Liban), Katia Gerou (Grèce), Brigitte Rouan (France), Hamid Bennani (Maroc), Kyriaskos Katzourakis (Grèce), Antonio Jiminez Rico (Espagne), Tayfun Pirsmuglo (Turquie), Rachid El Ouali (Maroc), Azzedine Meddour (Algérie), Roberto Midi (Italie), Hind Sabri (Tunisie), Abdelatif Banammar (Tunisie), Luis Berlanga (Espagne), Anne Brochet (France), Michel Khalifi (Palestine), Mouna Wassef (Syrie), Reda Behi (Tunisie), Branko Schmidt (Croatie)…Claudia Cardinale ( Italie ) Imanol Arias’(Espagne) Jillali Ferhati ( Maroc) , Mohamed Chrif Tribak ( Maroc) Farida Belyasid ( Maroc) Ahmed Hilmi (Egypte)

Par rapport à la crise sanitaire et dans l’attente que les choses reviennent à la normale, la 26 édition du 4 au 10 juin est organisée en mode virtuel

Festival de Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan




Conference in French with arabic subtitles and followed by an exchange between the audience and the speaker with translation. Go to the Ifao YouTube channel during conference hours to attend or register now to be notified when live starts.

As part of the “Midan Mounira” lecture series, we are pleased to invite you to an online and live conference by Asma Lamrabet on Sunday 21st February at 6pm. This conference is proposed to you by the Dominican Institute of Oriental Studies and is entitled “The question of women at the center of the spiritual renewal of Islam”.

Asma Lamrabet is a medical biologist and essayist. She is currently head of the chair of gender at the Euro-Arab Foundation of the University of Granada and is a member of the scientific committee of the National Institute of Human Rights of Morocco. She is also the author of several books, translated into several languages, including Islam and Women: the angry questions (Gallimard Folio, Grand Atlas 2017 Prize).

In this conference, she will analyze the question of women, which remains central to contemporary debates in the Arab-Muslim world in general and in Muslim reformism in particular. Today, a female dynamic within the Muslim world has tried since the 1990s to initiate a feminist and reformist rereading of scriptural texts.


MED – MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUES “Libya: a light at the end of the tunnel?”

Rome Med 2021

Libya: a light at the end of the tunnel?

The ceasefire agreement signed by Libya’s opposing military factions in October 2020 bolstered UN-backed political talks on the appointment of an interim unity government.

This new government is expected to hold national election in late December of this year. The goal, as stated by Stephanie Williams, current UN Secretary-General’s Acting Special Representative, is “to respond to the aspirations and demands of the Libyan people for a sovereign and unified Libya and a true commitment to national reconciliation”.

Last Friday, delegates attending the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Geneva eventually agreed to elect a Prime Minister and a three-member presidency council from a list of 45 candidates, with Mohammad Menfi and Abdul Hamid Dbeibah selected as the Head of the Presidential Council and Prime Minister, respectively.

Despite these encouraging developments, the brittleness of the current truce between the GNA and LNA, as well as the presence of foreign interference on both sides, represent intimidating stumbling blocks on the path to diplomacy, thus making the mission of the newly appointed UN Special Representative for Libya Jan Kubis anything but simple.

Panel discussion Mary Fitzgerald, Associate Fellow, ICSR, King’s College London Karim Mezran, Director of the North Africa Initiative and Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East Programs, Atlantic Council Arturo Varvelli, Head, Rome Office, and Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR Chair Federica Saini Fasanotti, Senior Associate Fellow, ISPI

MED – MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUES is the annual high-level initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies) in Rome with the aim to rethink traditional approaches to the area complementing analyses of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions and to draft a new “positive agenda”,  addressing shared challenges at both the regional and the international level.

Launched in 2015, MED has quickly become the global hub for high–level dialogues on the broader Mediterranean engaging prominent leaders of 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’s President, Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, UAE, the US Secretary of State, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Envoy for Syria, as well as the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the first Vice-President of the Commission and many others)

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Study day of the “Equal and different” internship Iso-Medfilm Festival 2020-21″

The Department of Oriental Studies – La Sapienza and MEDFILM FESTIVAL present the Internship Study Day “Equal and different: Iso-MedFilm Festival 2020-2021”. During the meeting, the website of the “Voices and Images of Intercultural Dialogue in the Mediterranean” project and the Medfilm Festival archive at the DISO Library will be presented.

The webinar will be held on the zoom platform, Monday 15 February 2021, from 2.00pm to 6.30pm Participation is open to all stakeholders Registration with a nominative request email at the address


Introduction: Franco D’Agostino, Director of the ISO Department; Ginella Vocca, President of MedFilm Festival-MFF; Laura Guazzone, Internship Manager.

h. 14.15-14.25 Presentation of the VOCIMED.IT WEB SITE of the Third Mission Iso project “Voices and images from dialogue intercultural in the Mediterranean ”, L. Guazzone, Iso Sapienza and V. Flora, MFF.

FIRST PART (moderated by Guazzone, directed by Flora)

h. 14.30-15.00 “Human Rights” Theme: Human Rights in Contemporary Islam. An open debate – Francesco Zappa, Iso Sapienza.

h. 15.00-15.10 Debate

h. 15.10-15.45 Theme “cultural dialogue”: The dialogue between cinema and contemporary Arab literature: the Egyptian microcosm – Ada Barbaro, Iso Sapienza.

h.15.45-15.55 Debate

h. 16.00- 16.30 MEDFILM FESTIVAL SHORT Debate

SECOND PART (moderated by Zappa, directed by Barbaro)

h. 16.30-17.00 “Political dialogue” theme: The Mediterranean that unites and divides: contemporary history of an idea – Laura Guazzone, Iso Sapienza.

h. 17.00-17.100 Debate

h. 17.10-17.40 Gender issue theme: Body, awareness and freedom. Paths in Mediterranean cinema – Veronica Flora, MFF

17.40-17.50 Debate

h. 17.50-18.30 What intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean? Concluding remarks and debate