december, 2017

09dec09:1518:30Advisory Sessions for Task Force 2018: A New Security Arrangement for the Sharq Region

Event Description

Advisory Sessions for Task Force 2018:
A New Security Arrangement for the Sharq Region

Time

(Saturday) 09:15 - 18:30

Schedule

    • Day 1
    • 9 December 2017
    • 09:15 Welcome by Galip Dalay, Research Director of Al Sharq Forum09:15 - 09:30Welcome by Galip Dalay, Research Director of Al Sharq ForumSpeakers: Galip Dalay

    • 09:30 Opening remarks09:30 - 10:00Opening remarks

    • 10:00 First session: Determining the focus of the task force10:00 - 11:30This task force aims to evaluate the current security threats and failures in the region and make policy suggestions for how to contain and curb these security problems. The region is in dire need of a new security arrangement that contains co-operative mechanisms for tackling menacing security threats and ensuring regional peace and stability. The task force will look into areas of co-operation from which a regional consensus can emerge. 1) Assessing the security structures in the Sharq region: a) Did the MENA region previously have a security architecture or order? If yes, why did it fail? b) If not, why was there no security architecture in the region? What are the most important factors that inhibit the emergence of a regional security architecture in the region? What can be done to overcome these hindrances? c) What is needed to achieve a basic consensual framework amongst the major regional powers to initiate a dialogue on a regional security architecture? 2) What is the scorecard of foreign powers’ interventions in the region? Are international powers an opportunity or impediment for the creation of a regional security framework? 3) How could new security challenges, such as violent extremism, civil wars, failed states, state breakdowns, armed non-state actors, semi-state actors, sectarianism, and proxy wars, shape a vision for a new regional security architecture? Can any of these challenges prepare the ground for security co-operation among regional states? 4) Why did previous regional institutions (Arab League, the GCC, OIC, Arab Maghreb Union etc.) fail to become platforms for regional dialogue and cooperation and a forum within which regional security challenges can be addressed? What were the driving factors behind the creation of these regional institutions and are these factors still valid, making these organizations relevant to current dynamics? What are the general features of these institutions? What lessons can be learnt from the experience of these institutions? 5) How relevant are the experiences of other frameworks with a regional focus (EU, African Union, ASEAN, OSCE, Visegrad Group, MERCOSUR, etc.) and historical experiences (Peace of Westphalia, Helsinki Accord, etc.) for the MENA region? 6) What do emerging regional alliances tell us about regional security? 7) How can we formulate a new security architecture or forum in the region? What should be its nature and basic features? Should it be a multilateral organization, agreements shaped around norms and values, or a set of bilateral deals etc.?

    • 11:45 Second Session: Further discussion about the content of the task force11:45 - 13:15The aim of this session is to gather further suggestions on the content and scope of the task force and eventually come up with three or four main themes to be examined. Furthermore, a brief description and a set of guiding questions (primary and secondary) need to be prepared for each theme. The session will also map out potential unofficial partners around each theme. 1) Continued discussion of the questions from the previous session. 2) How can we narrow down the focus of the task force? 3) Al Sharq Forum will be leading the task force initiative. However, we are open to unofficial cooperation to share experience and expertise. What organizations, institutions and/or persons would be suitable for such purposes?

    • 14:30 Third session: Geographical scope of the task force14:30 - 16:00The purpose of the task force was to work towards a new security architecture for the MENA region. Given that aim, this task force needs to carry out an assessment of the security situation in the Middle East with a historical eye as well as focus on the current dynamics, with the goal of offering principles for a new security arrangement in the region. Given these goals, the aim of this session is to collect suggestions about the geographical scope of the task force. 1) How can we focus the geographical scope for the task force? 2) Region-wide approach vs. specificity: which would produce more fruitful results? 3) What should be the geographical scope of this task force given the content discussed in the first and second sessions?

    • 16:15 Fourth Session: The formulation of the task force activities16:15 - 17:45The aim of this session is to collect suggestions on how the task force should function. Al Sharq Forum has a proposed model as mentioned below, and we welcome suggestions and advice to make sure the task force is effective and productive. 1. What should be the balance of members: officials, ex-officials (ex-MFA, ex-military, former politicians, etc.), experts, academics, journalists etc.? 2. How should the smaller sub-groups be established? 3. What should be the frequency of the regular meetings for the whole team and for the sub groups? 4. Output goals: What is realistic and achievable? 5. How to keep the policy recommendation focus of the task force?

    • 17:45 Final recommendations17:45 - 18:30Final recommendations

Speakers for this event

  • Wadah Khanfar

    Wadah Khanfar

    President of The Al Sharq Forum

    Wadah Khanfar is the President of the Al Sharq Forum and former Director General of the Al Jazeera Network. He is a board member of the International Crisis Group and Global Editors Network (GEN). Khanfar has been named as one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 global thinkers of 2011 as well as one of Fast Company’s ‘Most Creative People in Business’ of the year.

    President of The Al Sharq Forum

  • Galip Dalay

    Galip Dalay

    Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research

    Research director at Al Sharq Forum and senior associate fellow on Turkey and Kurdish Affairs at Al Jazeera Center for Studies. He previously worked as a visiting fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin and as a political researcher at SETA Foundation in Ankara. He is a regular contributor to German Marshall Fund of the United States’ on Turkey policy brief series, and a columnist for Middle East Eye.

    Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Stra...

  • Basheer Nafi

    Basheer Nafi

    Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research

    Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Forum and Senior Research Fellow at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies. He writes weekly columns for Middle East eye. His research interests include Egypt, Iraq, Political Islam, and Middle Eastern Politics in general.

    Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Stra...

  • Na’eem Jeenah

    Na’eem Jeenah

    Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre

    Na’eem Jeenah is the Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, a research institute based in Johannesburg, South Africa, that focuses on the Middle East and Africa. Na’eem taught political science at the University of the Witwatersrand. His recent publications include: Pretending democracy: Israel, an ethnocratic state (2012) and (co-edited) The PLO: Critical appraisals from the inside (2014). He also coauthored (with Shamima Shaikh) Journey of discovery: A South African Hajj (2002). Na’eem is sought-after as a commentator on a range of issues regarding the Middle East and North Africa, Political Islam, Islam and Muslims in South Africa.

    Executive Director of the Afro-Middle Ea...

  • Nicola Pedde

    Nicola Pedde

    Director of the Institute of Global Studies (IGS) in Rome

    Nicola Pedde is the Director of the Institute of Global Studies (IGS) in Rome, and the Director of the Geopolitics of the Middle East Journal. He taught International Relations at the University of Rome La Sapienza University and John Cabot University in Rome. He conducts research on the Middle East and the Persian Gulf at the Italian Military Centre for Strategic Studies (Ce.Mi.S.S.) of the Centre for High Defense Studies (CASD) of the Ministry of Defense. He has published numerous essays, including Iran 1979 Islamic Revolution (Rome 2009), Almanac of the Italian airline from 1947 to 2007 (Rome 2007).

    Director of the Institute of Global Stud...

  • Omar Ashour

    Omar Ashour

    Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of University of Exeter

    Omar Ashour is a Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of University of Exeter and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House in London. He is currently working on a book analysing the military tactics and strategies of IS in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt. He specializes in asymmetric armed conflict, Islamist movements, insurgency/counterinsurgency, terrorism studies, and democratization. He is a regular contributor to media outlets including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, Sky News, CNN, al-Arabiya and others and his op-eds are frequently published in many media outlets in seven languages, in over 40 countries. He previously served as a senior consultant for the United Nations on security sector reform, counter-terrorism, and de- radicalization issues. He is the author of The DeRadicalization of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements.

    Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at t...

  • Omer Aslan

    Omer Aslan

    Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research

    Omer Aslan is an Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Forum, and a researcher at the Institute for Security Sciences at the Turkish National Police Academy (TNPA). He previously worked at the political research department of the Ankara-based SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research. He received his B.A. degree in political science from Bilkent University. After finishing MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, he entered the Ph.D. program in political science at Bilkent University in 2010. Ömer is now a Ph.D. candidate at the same university, currently working on his dissertation in the field of civil-military relations. Among his publications are “A Turkish Muslim Between Islamism and Turkish Nationalism: Seyyid Ahmet Arvasi (1932–88)”, and “‘Unarmed’ we Intervene, Unnoticed we Remain: The Deviant Case of ‘February 28th Coup’ in Turkey “. Research Interests: Military and Politics in the Muslim World, External Actors and Military Coup d’états, Police and Politics.

    Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic R...

  • Mohamed Okda

    Mohamed Okda

    Political Consultant, focused on the Middle East and Political Islam

    Mohamed Okda is a Political Consultant, focused on the Middle East and Political Islam; active in the issues of interfaith, crisis mediation and assessment, the economics of conflict and religious–secular dialogue. He is also the founder of Insight into Crisis, a conflict advisory.

    Political Consultant, focused on the Mid...

  • Zeynep Coskun

    Zeynep Coskun

    Former Research Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research

    Zeynep Coskun is a Research Fellow at Al Sharq Forum. Prior to joining Al Sharq, she was a Dr. Herchel Smith Fellow at the University of Cambridge conducting Economic and Anthropological research concerning the MENA region. Zeynep has an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. from Williams College in Economics and Arabic Studies. Her research interests include Turkish Foreign Policy, Regional Kurdish Politics, Iraq, Energy Politics and Nationalism

    Former Research Fellow at Al Sharq Strat...

  • Sinan Hatahet

    Sinan Hatahet

    Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research

    Sinan Hatahet is currently a consultant working with a number of think tanks on Syria. His research is concentrated on governance and local councils, anti-radicalization, Islamism, the Kurdish National Movement, and the new regional order in the Middle East. He previously worked as the executive director of the Syrian National Coalition (SC) media office from its creation in late 2012 until September 2014.

    Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Stra...

  • Yury Barmin

    Yury Barmin

    Consultant whose work focuses on issues Related to the Middle East

    Yury Barmin is a risk consultant whose work focuses on issues related to the Middle East and Russia’s positioning in the region. Mr Barmin holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He is an Expert at the Russian International Affairs Council covering the Middle East and North Africa, Moscow’s policy towards the region as well as the conflict in Syria

    Consultant whose work focuses on issues ...

  • Muhanad Seloom

    Muhanad Seloom

    Expert in ethno-sectarian conflicts.

    Muhanad Seloom is an expert in ethno-sectarian conflicts. He is a criminologist in training and a linguist [Arabic, English, and Kurdish]. His research focuses on ethno-sectarian conflicts in the Middle East, terrorism and mechanisms of securitization. In his PhD thesis at the University of Exeter, his hypothesis examined the relationship between designating violent groups “terrorist” and the choice to use violence in an ethnic conflict context

    Expert in ethno-sectarian conflicts.

  • Mohammad Affan

    Mohammad Affan

    Training Director at Al-Sharq Forum

    Mohammad Affan is the Training Director at Al-Sharq Forum. A medical doctor by training, Affan obtained his MA degree in Political Science from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University of Cairo (2015). He also holds three post-graduate diplomas: One in “Civil Society and Human Rights”, from the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences at Cairo University (2010), another one in Political Research and Studies from the Institute of Arab Research and Studies at the Arab League (2012), and the third diploma in Islamic Studies from the Higher Institute for Islamic Studies in Cairo (2012). Among his publications is his book titled: “Wahhabism and the Brotherhood: the conflict on the concept of the state and the legitimacy of power.” Affan is currently pursuing his PhD in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the Exeter Univesity in the UK. His research interests include, Islamism, State-Theory, and Comparative MENA Studies.

    Training Director at Al-Sharq Forum

  • Haldun Yalçınkaya

    Haldun Yalçınkaya

    Haldun Yalçınkaya graduated from Kuleli Military High School and later Turkish Military Academy. During his military service as an officer, he completed his post-graduate studies in International Relations at İstanbul University. After having served more than ten years at the Turkish Military Academy, as of 2013 he became an Associate Professor in International Relations at TOBB University of Economics and Technology

  • Yılmaz Ensaroğlu

    Yılmaz Ensaroğlu

    Chief Advisor to the Turkish Ministry of Justice

    Chief Advisor to the Turkish Prime Ministry. He previously served as the president of MAZLUMDER, and director of Law and Human Rights Department of SETA Foundation. He has authored many articles in various books, journals and newspapers on issues of human rights, civil society, democratization, security sector reform, civil-military relations, coup d’états, freedom of religion, secularism, Kurdish question, and hate crimes among others

    Chief Advisor to the Turkish Ministry of...

  • Andreas Krieg

    Andreas Krieg

    Assistant professor for Defence Studies at King\'s College

    Andreas Krieg is an assistant professor for Defense Studies at the School for Security Studies at King's College London. He is also the co-founder of the Near East Centre for Security and Strategy (NECSS) at King's. In his research, Andreas has focused on a variety of different subjects relating to the academic discipline of Security Studies. More recently, Andreas has been exploring the nexus between security and socio-politics in the Middle East after the Arab Spring.

    Assistant professor for Defence Studies ...

  • Kamaran Palani

    Kamaran Palani

    Research Fellow at the Middle Eastern Research Institute (MERI)

    Kamaran Mohammad Palani is a Research Fellow at the Middle Eastern Research Institute (MERI). He has an MA in Global Security from Keele University in the UK. He has worked for various local and international NGOs and research centers, including Al Mesalla, Peace and Freedom Organization in Kurdistan, PAX, and the at Salahaddin University-Erbil. His research interests include de facto statehood in the international system, post-war security issues, state-building and democratization in Iraq and the Kurdistan region.

    Research Fellow at the Middle Eastern Re...

  • Bader Mustafa

    Bader Mustafa

    Analyst at Omran Strategic Center for Studies

    Bedir Mulla Rashid is an analyst working on Kurdish affairs at OMRAN Center for Strategic Studies. His research focuses on autonomous administration in Northern Syria. He is an MA candidate in political science and international relations.

    Analyst at Omran Strategic Center for St...

  • Bahador Aminian

    Bahador Aminian

    The director general for education department at Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Bahador Aminian is the director-general for the education and training department at Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The director general for education depar...

  • Tamer Badawi

    Tamer Badawi

    Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research

    Tamer Badawi is a Research Fellow at Al Sharq Forum. He received an M.A. in International Relations (with a major in International Political Economy) from Central European University in 2016 and a B.A. in Oriental Studies from Alexandria University in 2013. He is a regular contributor to Sada, an online publication managed by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He also contributes reports to the Doha-based Aljazeera Center for Studies. Research interests: The political economy of the Middle East, economic development in post-JCPOA Iran, and global energy market trends.

    Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic R...

  • Murat Yesiltas

    Murat Yesiltas

    Assoc. Professor in the Middle East Institute at Sakarya University

    Assoc. Prof. Murat Yesiltas has completed his BA and MA at the Department of International Relations of Sakarya University, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. He earned his PhD at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Marmara University in 2012 with the thesis titled “Locating Turkey: Geopolitical Mentality and the Army in Turkey.” Yesiltas was a visiting researcher at the Department of European Studies and International Politics of Lancaster University between 2008 and 2009. He was a visiting researcher at Virginia Tech’s Institute of Government and International Relations in 2010-2011. Currently, Yesiltas is an Assoc. Professor in the Middle East Institute at Sakarya University. He also holds the position of director of security studies at SETA Foundation, Ankara, Turkey.

    Assoc. Professor in the Middle East Inst...

  • Anthony Biswell

    Anthony Biswell

    Researcher at the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies

    He joined the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies in September 2017 as an researcher and is also currently working as an independent Yemen consultant. Prior to joining the center, Anthony was the Senior Yemen Analyst for The Delma Institute in Abu Dhabi. Previously, he worked as a researcher on other Yemen-related projects for IHS while based in Yemen. He obtained an MA in International Conflict Studies at King’s College London in 2011.

    Researcher at the Sana’a Center for St...

  • Chiara Lovotti

    Chiara Lovotti

    Research Assistant for the MENA Centre at ISPI

    Chiara Lovotti is Research Assistant for the MENA Centre at ISPI. She was awarded her Bachelor's in Foreign Languages and International Relations at the Catholic University of Milan. Lovotti also completed a Master in Development Studies at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and one in Middle Eastern Studies at the Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations (ASERI) of Milan. Prior to this, she worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Development Studies at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve. Her research focuses on social dynamics and political transformations in the MENA region.

    Research Assistant for the MENA Centre a...

  • Hayder Khafaji

    Hayder Khafaji

    Researcher on Middle Eastern affairs

    Hayder Al-Khafaji is a researcher on Middle Eastern affairs with a specialist focus on Iraq-Iran relations. He holds a postgraduate certificate in Islamic Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a master’s degree from Middlesex University where he is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Muslim cultures.

    Researcher on Middle Eastern affairs

  • Ozge Genc

    Ozge Genc

    Ozge Genc is a PhD researcher at the Political Science department of Istanbul Bilgi University on state reform. She worked at the Democratization Program of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) since 2007 and served as its Director from 2012 to 2015. Genç is among the founders of Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies (PODEM) and also a Research Director.

  • Hassan Ahmadian

    Hassan Ahmadian

    Assistant Professor at the University of Tehran

    Dr. Hassan Ahmadian is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Iran Project, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Dr. Ahmadian is an Assistant Professor of Middle East and North Africa studies at the University of Tehran, and is also a Middle East security and politics fellow at the Center for Strategic Research, Tehran. He received his PhD in Area Studies from the University of Tehran. His research and teaching work is mainly focused on Iran’s foreign policy and relations, political change, civil-military relations and Islamist movements in the Middle East. His research and analyses have appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as prestigious Persian, English and Arabic outlets.

    Assistant Professor at the University of...

  • Petr Topychkanov

    Petr Topychkanov

    Fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program

    Petr Topychkanov is a fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program. Since 2009, he has also held the position of senior researcher at the Center for International Security at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAN). He has been a member of the editorial board of the Nuclear Club journal (Moscow) since 2009.

    Fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center’s...

  • Ali Reza Gholipour

    Ali Reza Gholipour

    Head of the South Asia Department at IPIS

    Ali Reza Gholipour is the head of the South Asia department in IPIS, a think-tank affiliated with Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He recieved his PhD in international relations from Kharazmi University. As a diplomat, he was posted in Rome and Islamabad.

    Head of the South Asia Department at IPI...

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