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Summer School

Understanding the Middle East


“The political economy of the Middle East: resources, strategies and politics”


27th June – 01st July 2016

Within the context of the TOMidEast initiatives, the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Turin, is pleased to announce the third edition of the Summer School “Understanding the Middle East” dedicated this year to the issue of The political economy of the Middle East: resources, strategies and politics. 

The profound changes that have occurred across the Middle East over the past five years challenge the control of strategic resources in the region. The control over and the access to the resources of the Middle East have always played a strategic role in the global balance of power. During the 1970s and 1980s the relevance of the Middle East was not only due to its hydrocarbons and strategic location in the Cold war. In fact, regional actors began to employ oil and gas revenues as key elements of geo-political games, while at the same time experiencing a gradual transformation of their own economies through processes of privatization and liberalization.

The connection between the reinforcement of authoritarian regimes and rentierism on the one hand and the control over political and economic systems on the other hand have clearly highlighted the interplay between the State, the political economy and the management and exploitation of strategic resources.

The political consequences of the growth of inequalities, the emergence of new actors interested in the control and exploitation of strategic resources, the increasing interconnection with the global economy, the economic alternatives that new actors suggest and the rise of insecurity in the region are just some of the issues that need further examination. The third edition of the summer school “Understanding the Middle East” focuses precisely on them.


Scientific Committee

Rosita Di Peri, University of Turin (Summer School coordinator); Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, London; Francesco Cavatorta, Laval University, Quebec City; Raymond Hinnebusch, St. Andrews University, St. Andrews; Fadia Kiwan, St. Joseph University, Beirut; Ilter Turan, Bilgi University, Istanbul.


TOMidEast project manager, Mrs Violetta Ubertalli, can be reached via email at middleeast.to@gmail.com, or by writing at the following address:

c/o Department of Cultures, Politics and Societies
Lungo Dora Siena 100
10153 Torino – ITALY

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