Throughout the years of 2015-16 we have seen the number of migrants flooding into Europe gain momentum as the pace and magnitude of the migration has been sharply rising. Although recent movement of refugees both from Syria and elsewhere has gained momentum, when looking for the trigger, it is essential to go back to 2011 when the Arab uprising began in the Middle East. The Syrian regime managed to remain intact until the beginning of March 2011 when civil war eventually broke out as a result of mass protests from the population, which followed the same style as those which had previously taken place in both Tunisia and Egypt. Due to these significant recent events the Arab world can be considered to be currently in a phase of major transitions.
The Arab World has a rich diversity of ethnic and religious communities, which includes a population of over 400 million Arabs. The Arab world's ancient civilization, which goes back over 2000 years has offered significant cultural, scientific, mathematic, scholarly and other contributions to global civilization. The Arab world today is keeping up and in some areas is excelling with development of the digital era and its societies are some of the fastest developing and growing in the world.
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab World will focus on the opportunities for cultural diplomacy in the Arab World in the framework of the current transitions and challenges. In particular, the symposium will highlight the best practices of certain countries in the Arab World of practicing cultural diplomacy to educate and to strengthen relationships between groups within their countries and to strengthen relationships between their countries and the global community.
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