Summer School

From 22 to 26 June 2021

The North Africa Middle East Politics and EU Security – NAMEPES Summer School will provide its participants with a deep understanding of the relations between the MENA region and the European Union in different aspects (geopolitics, international relations, economics, law).

Most of the Middle Eastern and North African countries (MENA) have spent a period of political instability in the last two decades. The region, most related to Europe for both historical reasons and geographical proximity, is one of the most complex and conflictual regions in the world. Inter-state and civil wars, terrorism, political instability and poverty have had repercussions both within the MENA borders and in the neighbouring countries.
In addition to hosting important European trade routes, endowment in vast energy resources and the global energy supply security dependence give this region a greater strategic relevance.
The Summer School will also analyse in depth the domestic and foreign policy of the main regional players in the Middle Eastern politics by highlighting the role of institutions, civil society and political ideologies, particularly political Islam and nationalism.

The application process for NAMEPES Summer School 2021 was closed on March 5th 2021.

Admission was reserved to up to 30 students (15 students from University of Trento and 15 external students):

Selected candidates Summer School 2021 

Modality (in person or online) to be announced during the month of April, based on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Summer School participants physically present are required to take a molecular or antigenic COVID-19 swab test at their own charge.

No participation Costs for the students since this Summer School is supported by the European Commission within Jean Monnet Action co-financing the Project North Africa Middle East Politics and EU Security NAMEPES (2019 – 2021), coordinated by Prof. Pejman Abdolmohammad.

All activities will take place at the SIS-School of International Studies of the University of Trento, located in the city centre. If the global health situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic does not allow to conduct the activities in person, the Summer School will take place online.

    Eligibility requirements:

    • Academic background: preferably PhD students, MA students and graduates in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Law, History.
      BA students are eligible only if they have completed at least one academic course in the field of Middle Eastern Studies, or topics strictly related to this area.
    • English knowledge: at least B2 level.

    Eligible candidates were selected upon evaluation of the the following supporting documents:

    • Transcript of Records 
    • CV
    • Motivation Letter

    Academic Coordinator: Prof. Pejman Abdolmohammadi

    Assistant Project Coordinator: Giulia Daga, PhD Student

    E-mail address: namepes [at]

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