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Tue, Sep 29, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on either shore of the Mediterranean

This report draws on case studies of Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, and migration to the EU to illuminate the key challenges faced in the Mediterranean community, and warns of the undesirable outcomes ahead if international inaction toward the region persists.

Issue Brief by Karim Mezran, Emily Burchfield, Paolo Alli, Emadeddin Badi, Haykel Ben Mahfoudh, Alessia Melcangi

Coronavirus North Africa

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

The Cairo Declaration is a false resolution to Libya’s conflict

The so-called “Cairo Declaration,” backed by General Khalifa Haftar and Libya's parliamentary speaker Aguila Saleh, proposes an intra-Libyan resolution as a basis for resolving the country’s conflict.

Blog Post by Karim Mezran, Alessia Melcangi

Libya Middle East

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

The coronavirus crisis highlights the unique challenges of North African countries

It is important to monitor the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, its effects on each North Africa system, and the debate between government elites and masses to better understand the situation in these countries and the long-term implications of the health crisis.

MENASource by Karim Mezran, Alessia Melcangi, Emily Burchfield, and Zineb Riboua

Coronavirus Libya

Alessia Melcangi is a Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences and Economics (DiSSE) of La Sapienza University of Rome where she teaches History of North Africa and the Middle East and Globalization and International Relations.

In 2011 she holds a PhD in Political Thought and Institutions in the Mediterranean Societies at the University of Catania and has carried out field work and archival research in Europe and the Middle East. In 2008 she was a visiting research fellow at the Centre d’Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales (CEDEJ) and at the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies (IDEO) in Cairo.

From 2013 to 2014, she was appointed research fellow of History and Institutions of Africa at the Department of Political and Social Science, University of Catania. From 2017 to 2018 was a research fellow at the Department of Social Sciences and Economics (DiSSE), La Sapienza University of Rome. She joined the Research Projects of National Relevance (PRIN) 2010-2011 “Nation/States and minorities in Mediterranean Africa” funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

Since 2016 she has collaborated with the Centre of Research on the Southern System and the Wider Mediterranean (CRiSSMA – Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan) and she is part of the Steering Committee of the Master in Migration and Development, La Sapienza University of Rome, faculty member of the Master in Middle Eastern Studies – MIMES, School of Economics and International Relations (ASERI- Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan) and member of the Steering Committee of ReaCT – Observatory on Radicalism and Counter-terrorism.

She has been member of several working groups in Track-2 programs sponsored by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and organized by the CRiSSMA on the contemporary Libyan political, economic, and security dynamics and the issue of religious freedom and human rights in the Middle East (in collaboration with the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies – RIIFS – of Amman); she is active in the defense and security field, contributing to the research activities of ReaCT – Observatory on Radicalism and Counter-terrorism.

Her research is primarily focused on social, political, and security issues in North Africa and the Middle East; geopolitics and international relations in the Euro-Mediterranean area; ethno-religious minorities (in particular the Copts and the Berbers); identity dynamics and dynamics of polarization in the contemporary Middle East; political and social issues in contemporary Egypt and Libya. She has published several monographs, peer review articles in Italian or international Journals, and essays in edited works and policy papers.

Her last monographs are: Melcangi A.,Statualità e minoranze: meccanismi di resistenza e integrazione in Medio Oriente. Il caso dei cristiani copti in Egitto (Ledizioni, Milano 2018);Melcangi A., I copti nell’Egitto di Nasser. Tra politica e religione (1952-1970) (Carocci, Roma 2017). She also has co-edited the volume North African Societies After the Arab Spring: Between Democracy and Islamic Awakening (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne 2016)

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