Online, United Kingdom

The Greater Middle East in the 21st Century

online course
when 10 June 2022 - 2 July 2022
language English
duration 4 weeks
fee EUR 100

The Middle East has been an area of Western fascination for centuries. Its traditions, sites, origins, religions, and languages have captured peoples’ imagination throughout the years. But ever since 9/11 its geopolitical significance has multiplied, its security has had a direct impact on the entire world and, last but not least, its future will determine much of what is at stake and being discussed today – from global warming, to terrorism, the tensions between authoritarianism and democracy, and more. The Greater Middle East track will examine and analyze some of the main trends and issues from the region. These include: Middle Eastern geopolitics and balance of power, the US’ and other superpowers’ involvement in the Middle East, the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the global importance of the Middle East.

Course leader

Dr Michele Groppi is a Lecturer in Challenges to the International Order in the Defence Studies Department (DSD), King's College London. He obtained his BA from Stanford University (Honors) in International Relations.

Target group

Students and young professionals

Course aim

This track will help its participants to develop a deeper understanding of the Middle East, will enable them to analyze regional international relations through theoretical frameworks, and will expose them to the forces that set the region in motion. Furthermore, students will be familiarized with reliable sources regarding events and analysis on developments in the region.

Credits info

- Inclusive, top-notch accessible education delivered by world-leading experts
- Flexible and remote learning
- Access to recordings of our frontal lectures, interactive seminars, and discussions.
- Access to ITSS Verona global network
- Membership for the year 2022/2023 granting automatic access to every ITSS Verona event, including webinars and conferences
- Certificate of completion
- Possibility to publish a piece in the second issue of the ITSS Verona International Security Magazine

Fee info

EUR 100: With the goal of being accessible to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, we provide a highly reduced fee. Admissions are rolling. We encourage students to apply soon, as there are limited spaces.


for those participating in the summer school that chose to submit articles to the ITSS Verona International Security Magazine, if pieces are accepted for publication in the second issue, all paid fees for the school will be reimbursed.