Pillar II

Peace Building, Humanitarian diplomacy and the Global scenario

Co-ordinators: Luca Verzichelli; Blerina Duli



1. Humanitarian action in the MENA countries and Africa
Gianni Del Panta (Unisi)

Over the last decade, almost all countries in the Middle East and North Africa have been rocked by powerful popular movements. Whilst only a few of them have been successful in bringing about sustained democratic openings, the geopolitical coordinates of the region have been profoundly altered and reshaped. The present course aims primarily at exploring the changing nature of Middle Eastern politics. Such a thorny issue is tackled from two different perspectives. On the one hand, transformations at the regime level are analysed and explained. On the other, actions from below are taken into consideration, problematizing the relationship between protests and political change. Rejecting both the democratization paradigm and the authoritarian resilience approach, the scope is to conceptualize the Middle East as a region in transition.

2. From war to peace: patterns of conflict resolution and institutional building in contemporary world
Luca Verzichelli (Unisi)/Blerina Duli (Rondine Cittadella della Pace)
This module will highlight the current scenario of conflict resolution and political regime changes in different realities: from the crises of the African scenario to Latin America, from South-East Asia to the post-Soviet Union area, the evolution of different types of conflicts and the role of the domestic institutions, as well as the international community, will be analysed

3. Humanitarianism: Principles, Access, Negotiations and Space
Tommaso Fabbri
This module presents an overview of humanitarianism throughout history main guiding principles guiding any humanitarian response. During the module students are provided with a critical overview of humanitarianism and its limits. The module discusses main debates about humanitarian principles and reality on the ground, defining the humanitarian space, getting access to the people in needs, and negotiations.



1. Violence to Peace transitions: the role of Humanitarian actors

Sihem Djebbi (Science Po, Paris)

This seminar discusses through the analysis of selected cases study the crucial transition from war to peace. It provides the students main debates and key issues related to conflict resolution, peace building, disarmament and post conflict reconciliation programmes.

2. New Humanitarian Actors

Francesco Olmastroni (Unisi)

This module presents an overview of the last changing in the humanitarian landscape. From the migration wave of 2015, a wide range of new actors has developed. Greece and the Balkans route have been the locations where traditional actors such as INGOs and UNs have faced new informal groups and individuals. What are the challenges and the risks? This module discusses and assesses the impact of activists, volunteers and civil society groups have in humanitarian actions.

3. The Future of Humanitarian Intervention

Tommaso Fabbri (MSF)

This module provides a comprehensive range on the main debates about the future of humanitarian intervention. Today humanitarian landscapes complex environment is confronted with several new challenges. This seminar discusses and critically assesses what is the impact of new humanitarian practices and risks.

4. Gender, Peace and Security

Angela Movileanu (American University of Kurdistan)

This seminar will delve into the analysis and understanding of the complexities of gender mainstreaming and targeted action of humanitarian intervention. Gender differences of interests, needs, and priorities will be discussed, taking into account the cultural and contextual challenges and opportunities.