In May 2016 the IPLI Foundation cooperated with the Institute for Public Administration and Management (IPAM) at University of Malta, to organize a conference under the aegis of the Malta Mediterranean Forum on Governance. The title of the event was: "The Ongoing Syria Crisis and Its Impact on the Surrounding Region: A View of Multidimensional Conflict Issues as Examined through the Lens of Ethnic and Religious Identities in the Region."
For this May 2016 event, the special guest lecturer was Dr. Talha Köse, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Istanbul Şehir University. Dr. Köse is an expert on religious identity in Turkey and the surrounding region. His main expertise is focused on Alevi religious identity as well as conflict resolution methods in foreign policy and approaches to inter-cultural reconciliation.
The Malta Mediterranean Forum on Governance is an ongoing project that brings together a broad spectrum of academics, practitioners and researchers to examine and debate current policy issues and challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean region.This project endeavors to construct knowledge networks and cooperation among different actors in order to enhance practices of good governance.
The initial ideas that inspired this forum this forum emerged from two conferences held in Malta in 2011 by IPLI in collaboration with the Institute of Public Administration and Management of the University of Malta. Those two conferences were driven by a strong desire to generate more awareness of developing governance scenarios in the Mediterranean. Malta, given its unique position in the heart of the Mediterranean and its strong cultural ties to other Mediterranean states, provides an ideal platform for discussing different models and solutions of governance in the region.