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Med Dialogues 2022: Special Dialogue with Prince Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan

 Med Dialogues 2022:  Special Dialogue with Prince Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan

The 8th edition of the Rome MED Mediterranean Dialogues has taken place between 1-3 December 2022 in Rome, to represent a unique space where government leaders, members of international organisations, academia, the media, the business sector and civil society from all around the world have discussed the trends, challenges and opportunities the Mediterranean region is facing. 

The venue, co-sponsored by ISPI, has focused this year on strengthening infra-regional cooperation, around four key pillars; “Shared security”; “Shared prosperity”; “Migrations”; “Culture and civil society”.

Indeed, the high level sessions in the program embraced a wide range of issues, ties to the repercussions of the war in Ukraine in the region, in particular energy and nutritional security. Specifically, the “Security” pillar addressed all the priorities, from unresolved crises to the future of multilateralism and global order. The “Prosperity” pillar included energy concerns (security and transition), nutrition concerns, water security and the adaptation of urban areas to climate change. The part on “Migrations” was addressed from a transversal perspective across the different sessions. For the session on “Culture and Civil Society” the panel was dedicated to literature and fighting misinformation.

The “Special dialogue” with Prince Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan, that we have chosen to be our today’s food for thoughts, shed lights on the heatedly debated role of Jordan. A strategic country at the heart of the levant region that never ceased to drive forces of connection and disconnection between the countries of the MENA region.

Prince El Hassan bin Talal was born on March 20, 1947 in Amman, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He is the son of the late King Talal and Queen Zein al-Sharaf, brother of the late King Hussein and uncle to the present King Abdullah II of Jordan. Prince Hassan received his preliminary education in Amman, then went to Harrow in England and Oxford University, where he received a BA Hons in Oriental Studies, followed by a Masters degree. 

Prince Hassan is well-known for his humanitarian activities and involvement in countless civil society programs. He founded the Royal Scientific Society and the Arab Youth Forum. He has been president of the Club of Rome since 1999 and co-chairs the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues. These are just a few of his organizational affiliations. He is a prolific writer, having written many articles and papers. He is author of “To Be a Muslim: Islam, Peace and Democracy” among others. 

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