NAMEPES Summer School
NAMEPES Summer School

Most of the Middle Eastern and North African countries (MENA) have spent a period of political instability in the last two decades. The region, most related to Europe for both historical reasons and geographical proximity, is one of the most complex and conflictual regions in the world. Inter-state and civil wars, terrorism, political instability and poverty have had repercussions both within the MENA borders and in the neighbouring countries.
In addition to hosting important European trade routes, endowment in vast energy resources and the global energy supply security dependence give this region a greater strategic relevance.

In 4 days of lectures, workshops and roundtables with international experts, the North Africa Middle East Politics and EU Security – NAMEPES Summer School will provide its participants with a deep understanding of the relations between the MENA region and the European Union in different aspects (geopolitics, international relations, economics, law).

The Summer School will also analyse in depth the domestic and foreign policy of the main regional players in the Middle Eastern politics by highlighting the role of institutions, civil society and political ideologies, particularly political Islam and nationalism.

Class size

Admission is reserved to a maximum of 30 students (up to 15 students from University of Trento and up to 15 external students).


In order to apply, candidates need to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
- Academic background: preferably PhD students, MA students and graduates in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Law, History.
BA students are eligible only if they have completed at least one academic course in the field of Middle Eastern Studies, or topics strictly related to this area.
- English knowledge: at least B2 level.

Eligible candidates will be selected upon evaluation of the the following supporting documents:

- Transcript of Records 
- CV
- Motivation Letter

Participation Costs

This Summer School is supported by the European Commission within Jean Monnet Action co-financing the Project North Africa Middle East Politics and EU Security NAMEPES (2019 – 2021) coordinated by Prof. Pejman Abdolmohammadi

Tuition fees, coffee breaks, lunches and one social dinner with the speakers and accommodation for external students are covered by the European Grant.

All other costs (travel expenses included) are at each participant's charge.


Free accommodation is provided only to external students only.
It consists of 4 nights (16, 17, 18, 19 June) in double room, either in apartment or in students’ house.

Application deadline

Applications will be accepted until 15 April 2020.
Students are asked to upload a CV, ToR and a motivation letter by filling in the online application, in the section “Useful links” of this page.


All activities will take place at the SIS-School of International Studies of the University of Trento, located in the city centre.

Academic Coordinator: Prof. Pejman Abdolmohammadi

Assistant Project Coordinator: Giulia Daga, PhD Student

E-mail Contact: namepes [at]

School of International Studies