The Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform (MEM)

Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform


It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle a question without debating it.’ Joseph Joubert

The Middle East Mediterranean (MEM) Freethinking Platform, under the direction of Professor Gilles Kepel, was created with the aim of encouraging the analysis and debate on what happens in the Middle East Mediterranean region, taking into account the global geopolitics equilibria. The Platform, which aims to be active both at the academic level and among international think-tanks, fills the lack of interdisciplinary programs on the Middle East Mediterranean in Southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. It was conceived to fulfil the function of platform linking different research entities and existent skills, both at international and local level.



The platform’s activities aim to strengthen USI’s research network in Switzerland, Europe and internationally. While providing participatory learning for students at BS and MS levels, the platform also engages the public in a mixed, cross-generational format. Ultimately, aiming to inform the public debate on MEM region issues.