Endless war. The effects of the war in Ukraine on global geopolitical balances and the Middle East Mediterranean region


Institutional Communication Service

27 May 2022

The conference "Endless War. The Effects of the War in Ukraine on Global Geopolitical Balances and the Middle East Mediterranean Region" will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 6:30 pm in the Aula Magnaof Università della Svizzera italiana

The war in Ukraine ends a long period of peace in Europe and reshapes global geopolitical balances and relations among major powers. The effects of the conflict are felt not only in the Old Continent, but extend on a global scale. For example, the dependence on grain imports from Russia and Ukraine and the resulting rise in food prices is likely to have disastrous effects on some countries in North Africa and the Middle East. The three speakers will converse about these and other issues covered in Lorenzo Cremonesi's latest book Guerra infinita. 40 anni di conflitti rimossi dal Medio Oriente all'Ucraina (for which Prof. Kepel wrote the foreword) and in the "Grand Continent's" first print volume Les politiques de l'interrègne.

Gilles Kepel is a French political scientist and Arabist, specialising in the contemporary Middle East and Muslim communities in the West. He is professor and scientific director of MEM Freethinking Platfom at Università della Svizzera italiana. He is director of the "Middle East and Mediterranean" chair at the Université de recherche Paris Sciences et Lettres, based at the École Normale Supérieure. He recently published Away from Chaos -The Middle East and the Challenge to the West. (Columbia University Press nel 2020) and The Prophet and the Pandemic .

Lorenzo Cremonesi was born in Milan in 1957. He was first a collaborator, since 1984, and later a correspondent from Jerusalem, from 1988 until 2001, for the "Corriere della Sera," for which he is now a special correspondent. His books include The Origins of Zionism and the Birth of the Kibbutz (Giuntina, 1984), Bagdad Café. Interni di una guerra (Feltrinelli, 2003), Inviati di guerra (Rizzoli, 2008), Da Caporetto a Baghdad (Rizzoli, 2017). He recently returned from Ukraine.

Gilles Gressani is editor of the journal Le Grand Continent, chairs the Groupe d'études géopolitiques and teaches at Sciences Po.