Conflict, Transitions and Resilience
2nd July at Scotland House, 6 Rond-Point Schuman, Brussels
CHALLENGES IN THE MAGHREB AND MASHREQ
Joint Closed Seminar by Centre for Global Security and Governance (University of Aberdeen), European Centre for International Affairs, Brehon Advisory
This workshop brings together policy‐makers, stakeholders and academics to explore the roots, possible trajectories, and long‐run policy implications of the Arab Uprisings with specific focusing on three core issues:
- Resilience: What role do institutions and economic policy play in supporting and sustaining societal resilience? What roles can internal actors play in combining security, stability, development, and democracy policies to achieve resilience?
- External Actors’ Roles: How can private intervention (for‐ and non‐ profit) and government policy increase the likelihood of orderly transitions towards more resilient societies?
- Avoiding Blowback: How can the risks of ‘backslide’ best be managed? How can blowback be avoided?
The workshop will consider how the challenges these issues pose vary across specific MENA contexts, with particular respect to three categories of political systems: 1. ‘post‐populist republics’ (Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen), 2. deeply divided societies (Syria, Lebanon, Libya) and 3. states in which protests have been muted.
The Workshop will be closed and held under ‘Chatham House Rules’, i.e. comments made are never for attribution unless otherwise specified.