Al-Zaytouna Centre, represented by its General–Manager Dr. Mohsen Mohammad Saleh, participated in the Euro-Med Think Tank Forum, held in 29–30/11/2017, in Rome, Italy. The forum was held by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), in collaboration with the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania, which issues the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index.

Al-Zaytouna Centre was invited along with 44 other Think Tanks-selected out of 2,200 Think Tanks-representing Europe and the MENA region.

ISPI Director Dr. Paolo Magri, TTCSP Director Dr. James McGann and the Italian Undersecretary of State of Foreign Affairs Vincenzo Amendola held the opening session of the forum.

Discussions tackled conflicts in the Middle East, how to manage regional rivalries; how to achieve growth, development and social cohesion; and how to establish security in light of the ISIS case …

Afterwards, Dr. Saleh along with other participants joined the Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) high-level conference, “Beyond Turmoil: A Positive Agenda,” which was held in the same place. More than 30 sessions were held, from 30/11/2017 and 2/12/2017, with more than 800 participants, including politicians, academics, experts, journalists and economists, from 56 countries, in addition to dozens of Think Tanks.

Al-Zaytouna participated in this forum, as a Think Tank representing Palestine, for a second year in a row. This is an international recognition of the leading role of al-Zaytouna Centre and its high standing in the Middle East concerning its studies and research that focus on the issue of Palestine. The forum was an important platform for al-Zaytouna to introduce its various activities and publications of Palestinian political and strategic studies.