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On November 22­–24, 2018, Rome hosted Fourth Annual International Conference on security and development issues in Mediterranean region MED2018. The topic of the conference was stated as «Beyond Turmoil, A Positive Agenda»

The conference has been held since 2015 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and has already become one of the most significant and representative public-political and expert international forums. MED2018 gathered over forty heads of state, ministers of foreign affairs of the countries of the region, and heads of international organizations, about a thousand diplomats, businessmen, public figures, and experts representing more than eighty national and international analytical centers. In total, the conference was attended by representatives from more than fifty countries.

On November 22­–24, 2018, Rome hosted Fourth Annual International Conference on security and development issues in Mediterranean region MED2018. The topic of the conference was stated as «Beyond Turmoil, A Positive Agenda»

The conference has been held since 2015 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and has already become one of the most significant and representative public-political and expert international forums. MED2018 gathered over forty heads of state, ministers of foreign affairs of the countries of the region, and heads of international organizations, about a thousand diplomats, businessmen, public figures, and experts representing more than eighty national and international analytical centers. In total, the conference was attended by representatives from more than fifty countries.

The conference speakers included: Sergey Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, at Special Dialogue session, and Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, at plenary session on the future of Syria. Other participants of MED2018 included: Aleksandr Dynkin, RIAC Member, President of IMEMO, RAS Full Member; Alexander Grushko, RIAC Member, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia; Sergey Razov, RIAC Member, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Italian Republic; Oleg Stepanov, Head of Russian MFA Department of Foreign Policy Planning; Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman; and other representatives of Russian MFA and the Embassy of Russia in Italy.

Russian International Affairs Council is one of MED2018 institutional partners. As part of the conference preparation, on September 18, 2018, RIAC, together with ISPI, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, held a closed round table «Towards MED 2018 — Syria, Libya and Yemen: the MENA Crises' Outcome»

Med2018 - Special Dialogue with Sergey Lavrov

Med2018 - Plenary "Shared Security": Syria. What Lies Ahead? With Andrey Kortunov

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