The Near and Middle East is a direct neighbour of the European Union. Exceeding this geographical proximity, the two focal points of the summer university 2014 are united by a long mutual history and a present not without conflicts, including political and economic interests and mutual dependences.
The summer university 2014 will approach these issues from the angle of political sciences, economics, and sociology, as well as cultural and regional sciences. The ISU will thus profit from the skills and synergies of two scientific institutions at Marburg, the Center for Conflict Studies and the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies. Two representatives of these institutions are the academic directors of the ISU: PD Dr. Johannes M. Becker and Dr. phil. Dr. h.c. Leslie Tramontini.