Organized by the "The Arab Network for the Study of Democracy"
and the "Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs"
at the American University of Beirut
Thursday and Friday, 18-17 March 2016
Issam Fares Institute Building – Auditorium – Green Oval
American University of Beirut
The Arab Network for the Study of Democracy and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut are organizing a conference on the political and social transformations of the Arab Region since 2011. This transformative, conflictual process is still ongoing, and the conference will highlight both the short-term changes and the long-term effects.
This conference is an attempt to analyze the three key factors that have affected and continue to not only affect the dynamics of these transformations but also what has resulted from these changes.
Each of the three sessions will be devoted to one of the following three major factors:
1) Internal social divisions (sectarian, ethnic, tribal, or regional) and their relationships to broader regional conflicts.
2) The role of the military and security forces in these countries and their decisive impact on shaping the path of the transition to democracy.
3) The roles of various forces of “political Islam” (in their various formations and with their different political platforms) in the transition to democracy.
This conference aspires to establish an interactive, knowledge-based dialogue between activists, academics, and other followers of recent developments from a diverse array of Arab countries.
First Day 17 March 2016
09:30 – 10:00am Registration and coffee reception
10:00 – 10:30am Opening Session
- Dr. Tarek Mitri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy
and International Affairs
- Dr. Ziad Majed, Coordinator of the Arab Network for the Study of
10:30 – 12:30pm First Session: The effects of societal divisions in the region
- Mrs. Dima Wannous (Chair and Discussant)
- Dr. Samir Franjieh (Conceptual Framework)
- Dr. Fouad Fouad (The Case of Syria)
- Dr. Adel Shargabi (The Case of Yemen)
- Mr. Ahmad Al Faitoury (The Case of Libya)
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch Break
2:00 – 4:00pm Second Session: The role of the military and security forces
- Dr. Nasser Yassin (Chair and Discussant)
- Dr. Mohamad Al-Mikhlafi (Conceptual Framework)
- Mr. Ahmed Karoud (The Case of Tunisia)
- Fouad El-Said (The Case of Egypt)
Second Day 18 March 2016
09:30 – 11:30pm Third Session: The role of the forces of “political Islam” and the
implications for “civil” forces
- Dr. Suleiman Sweiss (Chair and Discussant)
- Dr. Mohamad Alhaj Salem (Conceptual Framework)
- Dr. Abdulaziz Kraki (The Case of Morocco)
- Mr. Hazem al-Amin (The Cases of Syria and Iraq)
11:30 – 12:00pm Coffee Break
12:00 – 12:30pm Conclusions
- Dr. Hassan Krayem