Middle East Mediterranean (MEM) Freethinking Platform


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 in 2017 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. It is conceived to fulfil the function of linking different research entities and existent skills, both at international and local level. It aims to be active both at the academic level and among think-tanks, fills the lack of interdisciplinary programs on the Middle East Mediterranean in Southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. 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 aims to inform the public debate on MEM region issues. It organises lecture series and international Summit; it promotes research, projects and publications on topics related to Middle East Mediterranean Region.