june, 2023

03jun(jun 3)10:0004(jun 4)17:30FORUM FOR REFORM AND CHANGE
The Second Conference The Shifting Global Order and its Repercussions for Al Sharq Region


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The global order has been going through a significant transformative phase as a result of many drastic developments. The non-western global powers, China and Russia, are deepening their clout in their zones of influence, albeit through different strategies. Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic-induced political and economic problems have been compounded by the Ukraine War. These dramatic changes are expected to yield a multipolar if not nonpolar, world order. 

The intensified confrontation between global powers is reshaping regional politics in many ways. On the one hand, a number of countries in the Al Sharq region are in a quest to increase their influence and regional hegemony, capitalizing on the vacuum resulting from global powers’ competition. On the other hand, as world politics approaches a Cold War-like polarization, keeping an independent path has become very challenging for Al Sharq regional powers, which have become under mounting pressure to take sides in this confrontation. 

Therefore, today more than ever, Al Sharq Region countries are in need of charting their future amidst many threats and ambiguities. In a region with remarkable geopolitical significance, maintaining political stability and economic development will not be an easy endeavor. Hence, Al Sharq Strategic Research invites experts, scholars, and policymakers to contribute to discussions on the themes seen below. 


3 (Saturday) 10:00 - 4 (Sunday) 17:30



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

  • 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

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