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From Division to Unity

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From Division to Unity


The Carnegie Middle East Center and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invite you to a conference, titled From Division to Unity: How to Share Power in the Middle East and Beyond, at the Phoenicia Hotel on March 4 & 5, 2019.

Different models of power-sharing across Asia, Europe and the Americas aim at enhancing democratic governance, whilst protecting the rights of different communities, including religious and ethnic minorities. As many of the conflicts in the Middle East persist, finding an acceptable and inclusive model of power-sharing is essential to end violence and to open a way for peaceful dialogue and a sustainable and lasting post-war order.

This conference will explore the nuances and potential of power-sharing in post-conflict countries in the region and discuss the relevant lessons learned from other countries as well. It will assess whether different power-sharing models offer viable options for addressing governance crises and ending conflicts in Arab countries.

PROGRAM

MARCH 4
9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Theory Meets Praxis: Power-Sharing in the MENA Region
Chris Halliday, Marina Ottaway, Heiko Wimmen
Chaired by Liz Sly

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Coffee Break

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
The Day After: A Cautionary Tale from the Region
Assaad Al-Achi, Joseph Bahout, Jamila Ali Raja
Chaired by Alia Ibrahim

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Power-Sharing and the Resource Curse
Mohamed Eljarh, Harith Hasan, Diana Kaissy, Zahra' Langhi
Chaired by Loulouwa Al Rachid

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

MARCH 5
9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Reflections from Beyond
Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Gunnar Sørbø, Marika Theros
Chaired by Iavor Rangelov

11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Coffee Break

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fuel to the Fire: The Role of Regional and International Actors
Galip Dalay, Sebastian Sons, Adnan Tabatabai, Carsten Wieland
Chaired by Kim Ghattas

1:00 to 1:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks

SPEAKERS
Assaad Al-Achi is the executive director of Baytna Syria.

Joseph Bahout is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment's Middle East Program.

Galip Dalay is a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center.

Mohamed Eljarh is a political activist in Libya.

Chris Halliday is the political adviser to the UN special envoy for Yemen.

Harith Hasan is a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center.

Diana Kaissy is the executive director of the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative.

Zahra' Langhi is the co-founder and CEO of the Libyan Women's Platform for Peace.

Marina Ottaway is a Middle East fellow at the Wilson Center.

Jamila Ali Raja is the director of Consult Yemen.

Ešref Kenan Rašidagić is a professor of political science at the University of Sarajewo.

Sebastian Sons is a senior researcher at the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient and an associate fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations.

Gunnar M. Sørbø is a senior researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute.

Adnan Tabatabai is the CEO of the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient.

Marika Theros is a senior researcher at the Institute for State Effectiveness.

Carsten Wieland is a senior expert for intra-Syrian talks for the UN special envoy for Syria.

Heiko Wimmen is the project director for Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon at the International Crisis Group.

PANEL CHAIRS
Loulouwa Al Rachid is a co-director of the program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States at the Carnegie Middle East Center.

Kim Ghattas is a BBC correspondent and former senior visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Alia Ibrahim is a journalist and co-founder of Daraj.

Iavor Rangelov is an assistant professional research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Liz Sly is the Beirut bureau chief at the Washington Post.



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