Around fifty young politicians, government officials, civil society activists and journalists from Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon will join Oxford students and scholars for a one day symposium on the theme “Old and New Challenges in the Arab countries of the Gulf and the Levant” being held on Saturday, 16 November at the Social Science Lecture Theatre, (Manor Road Building) at Oxford University. It is being organised jointly by OxGAPS and the John Smith Memorial Trust. (See location map)
A spokesperson for OxGAPS said, “we are looking forward to having such a large number of practitioners from the region, many of whom have been directly involved in the political processes in the region in recent years. This is an excellent opportunity for the Oxford academic community interested in the Middle East to interact with a new generation of Arab activists.”
There are a few remaining places on the symposium, but prior registration is essential. It can be made through this website. For further information email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The provisional program of the symposium is as follows:
10.30 am: Coffee and registration
11.00 am: Opening Remarks
11.15 am Panel One:
Managing Change in the Arab countries of the Gulf and the Levant
Chair: Professor Brian Brivati (John Smith Trust)
Panel: Brian Whitaker (Former Middle East Correspondent, The Guardian); Dennis Sammut (OxGAPS); Dr Hafiz T.A. Khan (Middlesex University).
Discussants: Nada Dhaif (Bahrain, civil society activist); Ghaith al Amaireh, Policy Analyst, Political Affairs Directorate, Office of HM The King of Jordan; Maryam al Rayes (Iraq, Political Advisor to the Prime Minister).
1.00 p.m. Lunch
Human Rights and the Rule of Law: a tangled tale.
Guest Speaker: Baroness Helena Kennedy, Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford
Discussants: Melkar al Khoury (Lebanon, Oxfam); Sarah al Sharji (Oman, Ministry of Legal Affairs); Maimuna al Suleimanli (Oman, Environmental Services Holding Company); Mona Hejres (Bahrain, Medical Doctor with the Bahrain Defence Forces Hospital); Adi Khair (Jordan, diplomat)
3.30 p.m.: Coffee break
3.45 p.m. Panel Two
The choices of the past and the challenges of the future: Pan-Arab, Pan Islamic, or simply Global? The region within regional and global processes.
Chair: Professor Edmund Herzig, Oriental Institute, Oxford University
Panel: Dr Abdel Razzak Takriti (Sheffield University); Dr Hassan Turunc (Oxford University)
Discussants: Haval Raaouf (Iraq – Advisor to the US Consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan); Safa Mahdi Ubeid al Alqgi (Iraq – CHF International); Afif Tabsh (Lebanon – Civil Society activist).
5.00 p.m. Concluding Remarks
5.30 p.m. Closure
6.00 p.m.: Reception followed by Dinner at the Oxford University Social Club
8.00 p.m. Short walking tour of historical Oxford. (weather permitting)