New trends in power and politics in the Middle East and North Africa

The conference is organized by the Danish Institute for International Studies in collaboration with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs aims to provide an analysis of six key trends in the conflicts over power and politics in the MENA region today. These trends include the increasing rivalry and competition between regional powers in the MENA region and they include the protracted domestic conflicts between autocratic governments and militarized societies.

Since the outbreak of the Arab uprisings in 2011, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has gone through a multiplicity of interrelated conflicts over power and politics. Pre-existing domestic, regional and global conflict potentials have been unleashed, and new dynamics have emerged. According to many observers, the region today faces a complex crisis that in its totality surpasses anything the region has experienced since the European decolonization in the middle of the 20th century. These conflicts are primarily challenges faced by governments and societies inside the region, but are deeply interconnected with broader patterns in global and international politics and thus also interrelate with foreign and domestic policies of European and American governments.

This conference organized by the Danish Institute for International Studies in collaboration with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs aims to provide an analysis of six key trends in the conflicts over power and politics in the MENA region today. These trends include the increasing rivalry and competition between regional powers in the MENA region and they include the protracted domestic conflicts between autocratic governments and militarized societies. They encompass the decreasing performance of the region’s rentier-based political economies and the changing forms of American hegemony in the MENA region and the emboldening of its challengers. Finally, they cover the changing forms of the European Union’s foreign policy in the region following the nationalist turn in Europe and the increase in migration and terrorism.

The conference, which will be opened by the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, offers in-depth presentations by six highly esteemed international scholars as well as comments from four esteemed Danish scholars and experts. It also provides and opportunity for the audience to raise question and debate with the speakers.

 

Speakers

Anders Samuelsen, The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Denmark

Stephen Grand, Executive Director, Middle East Strategy Task Force, Atlantic Council

Kristina Kausch, Senior Research Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Mehran Kamrava, Director, the Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University, Qatar

Michele Dunne, Director, the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Giacomo Luciani, Co-director, Executive Master in International Oil and Gas Leadership, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Bassam Fattouh, Director, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, and Professor, the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

 

Chairs

Rasmus Alenius Boserup, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Vibeke Schou Tjalve, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Helle Malmvig, Senior Researcher and Academic Coordinator, DIIS

Luke Patey, Senior Researcher, DIIS

 

Programme

08.30-09.00 Arrival tea and coffee

09.00-09.15  Opening remarks

Anders Samuelsen

09.15-11.00 Session one: changing forms of American and European foreign policy in the MENA region

Stephen Grand

Kristina Kausch

Chair: Vibeke Schou Tjalve

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-13.15  Session two: current trends in domestic and regional conflict in the MENA region

Mehran Kamrava

Michele Dunne

Chair: Helle Malmvig

13.15-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.45 Session three: trends and patterns in rentierism and business in the MENA region

Giacomo Luciani

Bassam Fattouh

Chair: Luke Patey

15.45-16.00 Perspectives

Rasmus Alenius Boserup

Practical information

The seminar will be in English and live streamed on diis.dk.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Sunday 28 January 2018. Live stream does not require registration.

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