june, 2018



Event Description

In preparation of the annual meeting on the occasion of the Rome MED conference that shall be held in November 2018, the MED Young Leaders community and Al Sharq Youth community will take part in a “Mid-Term Meeting” aimed at sharing the collective experience on topics of common interest for the youth in the broader Mediterranean region. The event will follow a close-door preparatory Workshop, and will focus on the youth perspective and role in building a regional security dialogue in the MENA region. The event will be divided into two main sessions, which will focus on the role of both regional and international players, and their impact on shaping a security dialogue in the region.


(Monday) 09:00 - 12:30


Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus

Harbiye Mahallesi, Cumhuriyet Cd. No:50, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul


    • Day 1
    • 19 June 2018
    • 09.20 WELCOMING REMARKS09.20 - 09.30Galip Dalay, Director, Al Sharq Forum, Turkey Valeria Talbot, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Head of ISPI’s Middle East and North Africa Centre, ISPI, Italy

    • 09.30 OPENING SPEECHES09.30 - 10:00Wadah Khanfar, President, Al Sharq Forum, Istanbul, Turkey Federica Ferrari Bravo, Consul General, Italian Consulate General, Istanbul, Turkey

    • 10.00 REGIONAL POWERS AND ALLIANCES: IMPLICATIONS ON SHARED SECURITY10.00 - 11:30What are the new axis or regional blocs? What implications do they have on the regional security? How can the MENA region move from the further fragmentation generated by the emerging regional blocs to engage in a new regional security dialogue? What principles and values need to be taken into account? From state to society, from regime to people, whose security should form the basis of the regional dialogue? chair Galip Dalay Imen Ben Mohammed, Member of Parliament, Tunisia Hassan Imran, Researcher in International Relations, Palestine Mustafa Kaymaz, Researcher, Al Sharq Forum, Turkey Adnan Tabatabai, CEO, Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO), Germany

    • 11.30 Coffee Break11.30 - 11.45Coffee Break

    • 11.45 OLD AND NEW: FOREIGN ACTORS IN THE MIDDLE EAST11.45 - 13:30What are the old and new players able to affect the course of events in the Mediterranean? What are the features of new actors’ (China, India, etc.) engagement with the region? How have the roles of the traditional actors (Europe, US, Russia) in the region evolved? How do the old and new actors interact with each other in the region? How does their interaction impact the regional security? What role can and do Europe play on the regional security in Mediterranean? chair Valeria Talbot Abdul Rahman Alageli, Former Security File Coordinator, Office of the Prime Minister; Former Deputy Head, Inter-Ministerial Committee on Border Security, Atlantic Council, Libya Adam Bensaïd, Senior Cabinet Manager, Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation, Organization of Islamic Cooperation Farah Hallaba, Expert and Researcher in Middle East Political Sociology and Minorities, Egypt Elham Hassanzadeh, Managing Director, Energy Pioneers, United Kingdom

    • 13.15 Closing remarks 13.15 - 13.20Closing remarks

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