Building Pluralistic and Inclusive States Post-Arab Spring

Now in its seventh year, the political and social upheaval ignited by the Arab uprisings shows little sign of abating. U.S. and international policymakers continue to struggle with their response to the turmoil, including state collapse and the rise of radical jihadism in Syria, Iraq and Yemen; the fragmentation of political authority in Libya; faltering transitions in Egypt and Tunisia; and the longer-term economic and political challenges facing oil-rich Arab Gulf states.

Political, socio-religious and economic exclusion remain among the most
significant catalysts of instability. Grievances that initially triggered the uprisings remain unaddressed, youth are further disenchanted and marginalized, and minority voices remain unheard as Arab states face a rising tide of radicalism and severe economic crises.

The Issam Fares Institute, the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East and the Carnegie Corporation of New York host a two-day conference during which renowned Middle East and North Africa experts will identify effective and sustainable policy options that foster more inclusive and pluralistic systems in the region.

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Featured Speakers

The Honorable Lakhdar Brahimi
Former U.N. Special Envoy to Syria, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Algeria

Khawla Mattar
Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Tarek Mitri
Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut

Panels — Day 1

Economic Inclusion in the Arab Gulf

Chair: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Panelists: Karen Young, Mohamed Evren Tok, Peter Salisbury, Alanoud Al-Sharekh

Pluralism and Inclusion in Lebanon

Chair: Nasser Yassin
Panelists: Tamirace Fakhoury, Sami Atallah, Gilbert Doumit, Khalil Gebara, Joseph Bahout

Socio-religious Inclusion

Chair: A.Kadir Yildirim
Panelists: Nathan Brown, Mirjam Künkler, Amel Boubekeur, Amr Hamzawy

Panels — Day 2

Conflict and Post-conflict Reconstruction in the Middle East

Chair: Khawla Mattar
Panelists: Anas El Gomati, Renad Mansour, Maha Yahya, Nadim Shehadi, Frances Brown

Political Inclusion

Chair: A.Kadir Yildirim
Panelists: Bozena Welborne, Abdeslam Maghraoui, Mazen Hassan, Imad Salamey

Student Panel

Chair: Makram Rabah


Thu, Feb. 1 - Fri, Feb. 2, 2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(GMT+0200) Asia/Beirut


Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
American University of Beirut