Italy and the Middle East: From the Libya War of 1911 to the 2023 Piano Mattei

School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli, 05/12/2023

05 December 2023, 3.00 – 04.00 (p.m. CET)

School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli, Viale Romania 32, Aula 202

This talk aims to analyze Italy’s relationship with the Middle East and North Africa region, starting from the invasion of Libya in 1911, to the recent return to active diplomatic and economic ties in the aftermath of the energy crisis.

The lecture will examine Italy’s interdependence with the countries of the MENA region from a holistic perspective, considering diplomatic, military and cultural factors. Following a historical approach, the talk will focus in particular on projecting the evolution of Italy’s strategic priorities through the lens of cross-cutting issues such as energy, security and climate change.


  • Prof. Luigi Narbone, Director of the Mediterranean Platform, Luiss School of Government


  • Prof. Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Prof. Marashi, is Associate Professor of Middle East history at California State University San Marcos and visiting professor at the IE University School of Global and Public Affairs in Madrid, Spain. He obtained his doctorate in Modern History at University of Oxford, completing a thesis on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, part of which was plagiarized by the British government prior to the 2003 Iraq War, otherwise known as the “Dodgy Dossier.” His research focuses on 20th century Iraqi history, and currently is focusing on the effects of climate change on the nation. He is co-author of Iraq’s Armed Forces: An Analytical History (Routledge, 2008), The Modern History of Iraq (Routledge 2017), and A Concise History of the Middle East (Routledge, 2018).