Detailed Conference Agenda

 

13th Edition of the FIKR Annual Conference (FIKR13)
“Arab Integration: The Dream of Unity and the Reality of Division”
Skhirat – Kingdom of Morocco
3-5 December 2014


Arab Thought Foundation’s Thirteenth Conference
The annual conference of the Arab Thought Foundation (FIKR) has always been ahead in addressing the current and future situation of Arabs and examining closely all the occurrences. It has also played a major role in mobilizing all the intellectual forces to face any challenge related to culture, economy, development, society, and politics facing our Arab world. Furthermore, FIKR has been up-to-date with the events constantly occurring in the region, since its first conference held thirteen years ago in Cairo. In its third meeting, FIKR has addressed in its conference held in Marrakech in the Kingdom of Morocco, the issue pertaining to “Arabs: between the Culture of Change and the Change of Culture”. Now, after the elapse of a decade, the thirteenth conference is held for the second time in Morocco, in the wake of four years where Arabs have witnessed unprecedented revolutions and civil wars known as the “Arab Spring”. This Conference mainly aims at addressing the theme entitled “Arab Integration: Dream of Unity, Division in Reality”.

The purpose of Arab Thought Foundation, through its conference entitled “FIKR13” is therefore to bring a light of hope in reaching an Arab unity, in a region witnessing further divisions, and violations trespassing reason, wisdom, and all dialogue initiatives. For these reasons, “FIKR” seeks to raise the voice of education, wisdom and constructive dialogue, in order to rise above all conflicts and differences, and to form the basis of Arabs’ unity.
The agenda of this year’s conference is composed of several key sessions discussing mutual Arab activities on the political, economic and cultural levels, and its available development means, in a hope that it may contribute in reaching a convergence of views and establishing a deep and strong dialogue.
We are here asking questions, but we will count on the thinkers and intellectuals to give us the answers through a serious and responsible dialogue; hence, we will leave all the thoughts molded in the form of questions, for thoughts are ultimately nothing but questions.

Days: 

 

Day 1 – Wednesday, December 3, 2014

9:30 - 11:30 Parallel Sessions

Economic Integration 1

Session 1 - Economic Cooperation: Challenges Resulting from Diversity
Focusing on the current and foreseeable economic challenges facing the Arab World, while taking into account the economic situation, as well as the role and ranking of each Arab country in the global economy.

  1. 1- In the light of the events gripping our Arab world, political differences, civil wars, and existential risks threatening Arab countries, is it possible to promote the Arab economy on the national level and set out its development plans?
  2. 2- Is there any connection linking economic integration to political and social democracy?
  3. 3- State interests have now surpassed nation interests; hence, how is it possible to fuse these two facts even at a minimum?
  4. 4- An integrated Arab economy leads to integrated Arab policies; however, would the enemies of the Arab world, whether on the regional or international level, allow the achievement of an economic emancipation embodied in an Arab economic market?

Moderator:

  • Mohammed Ezznati, Professor of Higher Education at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Kingdom of Morocco


Speakers:

  • Larbi Hanane, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economy and Sociology, Agdal, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Abdullah El-Kuwaiz, Expert in Economics, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Mohamed Harakat, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economy and Sociology,  Souissi, Rabat, and President of Global Governance and Strategy Center, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Mohamad Seif Eddine Salman, Chief Strategic Advisor at InvestorsNexus LTD., Lebanese Republic
  • Marwan Iskandar, Vice Chairman of Pharaon and Chiha Bank SAL, Lebanese Republic
     

Cultural Integration 1

Session 2 - The Role of Culture and Arts in Establishing Unity Among Peoples
Role of culture and art in consolidating the union among the Arab population, in particular , the role of some types of art such as writing novels, acting and singing, in bringing people together in a time where politics pulls them apart.
 

  1. 1- Arabs are united on the cultural level yet divided on the political level – currently, many Arab thinkers and experts have provided a warning of a plan to dismantle the National Cultural Association for the benefit of an existential totalitarian culture.
  2. 2- The Egyptian cinema has played a historical role in giving rise to a mutual cultural, artistic, and emotional awareness among Arab people; however, said awareness is gradually attenuated with the changes witnessed by the current content of the Egyptian movies, and the lack in addressing major national issues.
  3. 3- The role of Arabic songs and music in inciting a direct and well rooted nationalism spirit, has now become receded with the death of great artists in the Arab world such as Umm Kulthum, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Riyad El Sunbati, Farid al-Atrash, Abdel Halim Hafez, Wadih El Safi, Sabah, Asmahan, Nour al-Houda, etc. it is now time to find a mechanism enabling the consolidation and strengthening of this music in order to form a unified Arabic heritage. It is also essential to include the “Feiruz” phenomenon in this mechanism, in addition to the preservation of the musical folklore, the mouwashahat (terza rima) and the Koudoud Al Halabia in particular, as interpreted by Sabah Fakhry, Sobhy Al Moudalal, etc.
  4. 4- It is true that literary in general, and novels, stories, and poems, in particular, still have an effect on Arabs’ hearts, emotions, and thoughts; however, this effect differs from the one witnessed in the past five decades where kings used to sit on the throne of narration, writing, and poetry; unfortunately, the majority of those kings have passed away and those who survived are no more productive. As for the majority of the new authors, their outcome did not contribute in the development of literature among all the nation.


Moderator:

  • Emad Aboughazi, Professor at the Faculty of Arts in Cairo University, Arab Republic of Egypt

Speakers:

  • Amani Kandil, Executive Director of the Arab Network for NGOs, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Belkacem Aissani, Professor and Lecturer at the University of Medea, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
  • Khazal Almajidi, Poet, writer, and playwright, Republic of Iraq
  • Said El Hassan, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economy and Sociology, Salé, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Ali Sedjari, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economy and Sociology, Agdal, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Mohammed Almadih, Councilor General Supervisor of the cultural channel “Al Thakafiya”, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 

Political Integration 1

Session 3 - A Historical Look at the Geopolitical Changes in the Arab World  
Historical overview of the Arab region, in particular on the reasons behind the geopolitical transitions affecting the Arab world.

  1. 1Analytical examination regarding “Arab Spring” revolutions, and their consequences on each Arab country that has suffered from the damages thereof, in addition to the geopolitical transitions resulting from said revolutions, that might lead to drastic changes in the borders and structure of the Arab land.
  2. We are standing now on the edge of a continuously changing world leading to the prominence of new facts and indicators on the shifting of the major international powers; therefore, the American monopole will come to an end to make room for several poles, especially in Asia.
  3. Are we facing a new Sykes–Picot Agreement, with the only difference that it may occur in the form of sectarianism, confessionalism, ethnicity, and tribalism?.
  4. Overlapping has become more and more severe to a level that it is no more possible to differentiate between internal and external interference and consequences affecting the identity of the society and community.


Moderator:

  • Toni Francis, Sub-Editor at Al-Hayat Newspaper, Lebanese Republic


Speakers:

  • Elia El Obeid, Military security expert, Lebanese Republic
  • Samir Morcos Abdelmessih, Supervisor of the for the National Body for Coordination of Civilizations, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Adil Moussaoui, Research Professor at Mohamed V University in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, Professor at the United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
  • Miloud Loukili, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economy, and Sociology, Agdal, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco

 

General Topic

Session 4 - Presentation and Discussion of the ESCWA Report (“Arab Integration: A 21st Century Development Imperative”)
ESCWA report (Arab Integration: A 21st Century Development Imperative). Presentation and discussion with respect to the content of the ESCWA report entitled “Arab Integration: a 21st Century Development Imperative”.

  1. Subject-matter of aforementioned report and the consequences thereof so far.
  2. Lack of mutual Arabic activities being of a strategic nature and covering all the nation. Having said so, does ESCWA theoretical report give a whole new meaning to the integration concept? What are the major features or characteristics defining said integration?
  3. What is the direct strategic plan upon which the report is based? To whom this report is addressed? Is it a reactive and responsive audience capable of influencing the greatest possible number of people?


Main Speaker and Moderator:

  • Abdullah Al Dardari, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), Syrian Arab Republic


Speakers:

  • Ahmed Toba, Professor at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Mohammedia, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Mohamed Habib Abou Yaareb Marzouki, former Professor of Greek and Arabic Philosophy, Tunisian Republic
  • Naima Toukani, Professor at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Mohammedia, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Moustapha El Hassouni, Professor at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities – Mohammedia, Kingdom of Morocco

11:30-12:00

Networking Break

12:00-12:30

Opening Ceremony

- Address on behalf of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, King of the Kingdom of Morocco

  • Abdellatif El Manouni,  Advisor to His Majesty King Mohammed VI and legal expert, Kingdom of Morocco


- Address on behalf of the United Nations

  • Abdullah Al Dardari, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA)


- Address on behalf of the League of Arab States

  • Abdellatif Abid, Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League and Head of the Tunis office, Tunisian Republic


- Address by the President of the Arab Thought Foundation

  • Khalid AlFaisal, President of the ATF, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

12:30-2:30

Lunch break

2:30-2:40

Address by the Director General of Arab Thought Foundation

  • Henri Awit, Director General, Arab Thought Foundation, Lebanese Republic

2:40-2:50

Address by Saudi Aramco – Partner Sponsor –
  • Mohammed Y. A. Al-Qahtani, Vice President of Corporate Planning in Saudi Aramco, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

2:50-4:00

Plenary – The Moroccan Experience: Citizenship
Special Moroccan session on the success of the citizenship policy in Morocco, and the preservation of diversity within the framework of a political and cultural unity.
Citizenship as perceived by the Arab political view, especially in the wake of the powerful hurricane that battered the infrastructure of our society. Does citizenship mean the participation in the political field?
Is it possible to find or reach a citizenship, in the very best sense of the word, in societies lacking a vision of democracy?
What are the major practical political priorities set out by the Kingdom of Morocco to achieve full citizenship?
Is a state of pure citizenship deemed the guarantor of ethnic, religious and cultural diversity in pluralistic societies?
 
Moderator:

  •  Ali Oumlil, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Lebanon, Kingdom of Morocco

    Speakers:
  • Ahmed Siraj, Professor at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Mohammedia, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Abdelhamid Benkhattab, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Sociology, Agdal, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Ezzedin Al Allam, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Sociology, Mohammedia, Kingdom of Morocco

4:00-4:30

Networking break

4:30 - 6:00

Plenary – The League of Arab States: A Static Reality Versus Arabs’ Hopes

- What is left of the Arab League and the joint Arab action theory?
- Arab League and the current Arab unions: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU).
- Can the Arab League become efficient without a comprehensive and clear strategic nationalist political speech?
- Can the Arab League become efficient without a courageous and historic decision?
- The Arab League: will it witness an amendment in its current charter and obtain a binding political power?

Moderator:

  • Samir Omar, Director of the Sky News Arabia Office in Cairo, Arab Kingdom of Egypt

    Speakers:

  • Ahmad El Ghoz, Strategy Consultant of the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development, Lebanese Republic
  • Mohamed Sameh Amr, Chairman of the Executive Board of the UNESCO, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Mohamed El Hacen Lebatt, Special Envoy of the International Organization of the Francophonie (IOF) to Burundi, Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  • Mohamed Auajjar, Permanent Representative Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Kingdom of Morocco

 

 

Day 2 – Thursday, December 4, 2014

9:30 - 11:30 Parallel Sessions

Economic Integration 2

Session 1 - Natural Resources: A Catalyst for Integration or a Cause for Conflicts?
Concerns related to water availability, food security, coastal boundaries, and population distribution, may exacerbate existing tensions and generate new conflicts. What are the connections linking natural resources to the existing conflicts and the desired integration.

  1. 1- It is a fact that Arab States rich in natural resources, cannot exploit their own assets without taking into account the interests and conditions of the major powers.
  2. 2- The world is imposing a challenge consisting of setting out a national economic policy pertaining to all Arab natural resources; hence, this is the opportunity for the Arab productive institutions to work on setting organisational controls based on the market’s economy in order to seek integration and incorporation.
  3. 3- Arabs are said to be directly related to the recent and future international gas war, especially in the wake of massive gas discoveries in the Arab Mediterranean Sea (Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian coast).


Moderator:

  • Rachida Nafaa, Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Mohammedia, Kingdom of Morocco


Speakers:

  • Toufic Yahyaoui, Professor at the Faculty of Law in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Thamer Mahmoud Al Ani, Director of the Economic Relations Department of the League of Arab States, Republic of Iraq
  • Kamal Hamdan, Managing Director of the Consultation & Research Institute (CRI), Lebanese Republic
  • Fakhryeldin Elfiky, Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics & Political Science in Cairo University, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Mohammed Nadif, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economy, and Sociology, Souissi, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco

Cultural Integration 2

Session 2 - The Declining Role of Cultural Elite

  1. 1- Arab intellectual elites certainly reflect the image of the Arab culture… a demoralized and fruitless culture, standing on the edge of cultures and history. How is it possible for Arab elites to take the lead in a divided community that still laments the past and has a continuous civil conflicts culture?
  2. 2- Culture and intellectual elites are our resort, despite the diminution of their role, in order to face the backwardness and indigence of knowledge.
  3. 3- Intellectual Arabs may incite to a new Arab revolution through opening new doors; for this to happen, it is necessary to provide them with the minimum financial requirement to be able to survive and continue their mission. They definitely cannot be free, independent and productive without a service in return.

Moderator:

  • Samir Alheyari, Editor in Chief of Alrai newspaper, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan


Speakers:

  • Badr Omar, Director of the Ithra knowledge project at Saudi Aramco, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Zaim Khenchelaoui, Director of Research at the National Centre for Prehistoric, Anthropological and Historical Research in Algeria, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
  • Abdul Hussain Shaban, Professor at the AUHNOR, Republic of Iraq
  • Mohamed Mesbahi, Professor at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences of Mohamed V University, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Mohamed Hassaoui, Professor at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Agdal, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Mohammad Al-Alma’e, Writer, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Political Integration 2

Session 3 – Promoting the Role of Regional Organizations

  1. 1- Importance attached to strengthening the role of regional organizations such as the (Arab League, Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting 
Countries, etc.) in restructuring the political and economic aspects of the Arab World.
  2. 2- The regional organizations that address Arabs’ economic and political interests, the Gulf Cooperation Council, in particular, shall not be affected by our deplorable political situation. The employees therein shall for that purpose, maintain their normal course of activity, even if the political situation witnessed a severer crisis.
  3. 3- What role does the Arabs play in central international organizations, especially those related to Petroleum export and policies? Are these organizations neutral or are they harming us without being able to do anything about it?
  4. 4- It is necessary to radically reform the Arab League upon the decision of the Arab decision-maker, or it became better to recourse to the elimination of the League and the establishment of an alternative Arab regional organization?

Moderator:

  • Oussama Safa, Chief of Section at the UN ESCWA, Lebanese Republic


Speakers:

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  • Elhassan Bouqentar, Professor of International Relations at Mohamed V University, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Anwar Al Rasheed, President of the Gulf Civil Society Associations Forum, State of Kuwait
  • Hassan El Charif, Advisor on science policies at the National Council for Scientific Research, Lebanese Republic
  • Mohamed Anaflous, Professor at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Mohammedia, Kingdom of Morocco
  • May Aoun, Expert in Civil Society Affairs, Lebanese Republic

General Topic

Session 4 - The Arabic Language: A Major Element of the Arab Collective Identity

  1. 1- The Arabic language is one of the most important elements constituting the Arab collective identity. “Language is the first already accomplished “policy” and the most dangerous in safeguarding the history of peoples and nations”. What are some early provisions that can thwart any and all conspiracies against our mother tongue?
  2. 2- Importance of our Arabic language among other living languages, as an ancient and modern language at the same time. It is as old as the Greek, Latin and Sanskrit languages; with the difference that those languages died, while the Arabic language remained. Nevertheless, the Arabic language is today at risk because of a wide majority of the Arab population, globalization, and the efforts employed to prevent this language from being a cultural facet and a mean of cultural development.
  3. 3- What is the fate of the Arabic language in a time where the minorities’ languages are witnessing reintegration, and where civil wars are leading to more and more division, chaos, and the loss of cultural security?
  4. 4- Does the Arabic language still constitute the foundation of Arab nationalism? Does it play the same leading role in unifying and inciting Arab towards nationalism? How can we protect this language in a time where Arabs are pushed to be eliminated from history and existence to be replaced by culturally hybrid entities?


Moderator:

  • Abdelkader Fassi Fehri, Professor at the Linguistics Society of Morocco in Mohamed V University, Kingdom of Morocco  


Speakers:

  • Ahmed Aldhobaib, Researcher in Arabic Language, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Bechara Charbel, Managing Editor of Al Jarida  newspaper, Lebanese Republic
  • Riad Kassem, University Professor, Lebanese Republic  
  • Abdelfettah Lahjomri, Director of the Arabization Coordination Office for the ALECSO , Kingdom of Morocco
  • Moustapha Chlih, Professor of Higher Education at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Mohammedia, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Hanada Taha, Associate Dean at the Bahrain Teachers College in Bahrain University, Kingdom of Bahrain

11:30-12:00

Networking Break

12:00 - 1:30

Plenary – The Arab Mentality and the Conspiracy Theory
 

  1. a- The motives behind the diffusion of the conspiracy theory in the Arab political mind.
  2. b- Is the denial of the conspiracy theory a sign that it exists?
  3. c- Conspiracy: An inherent part of the political, war, and economic structures.
  4. d- Conspiracy: The result of a defect in intelligence and in deterrence.
  5. e- Conspiracy as the core of geostrategy: From Machiavelli and Clausewitz to “the makers of modern strategy”
  6. f- The conspiracy theory: A reality or a myth?

Moderator:

  • Imane Lahrache, News presenter at sky News Arabia, Kingdom of Morocco


Speakers:

  • Said El-Maghrebi, Professor at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Mohammedia, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Abdulhameed Al-Ansari, Writer and academic, the State of Qatar
  • Ali Khedery, President and CEO of Dragoman Partners, Republic of Iraq
  • Mourad Zaouine, Professor at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Mohammedia, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Massoud Daher, Professor at the Lebanese University, Lebanese Republic

1:30 - 3:00

Lunch break

3:00 - 4:00

Spotlight -
Exclusive interview with:

  • Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Vice President of Dubai Police and General Security for the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4:00 - 5:30

Plenary – The “New Middle East” Project
This workshop introduces the “New Middle East” project as it is known in the West as well as seen in our region. It also studies the possibility of Bernard Lewis’ prediction coming to reality. Lewis, one of the more dangerous orientalists due to his views on dividing the Muslim world from Tangier to Jakarta, believed that small religious, confessional, and ethnic countries will appear in the Middle East. The session examines his ideas and plans.
   
Moderator:
  • Samir Omar, Director of Sky News Arabia Office in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt

Speakers:
  • Turki AlFaisal, Head of the Board of Directors of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Fouad Siniora, Head of Al Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc and MP representing Saida, Lebanese Republic
  • Mohamed Benaissa, Secretary General of The Assilah Forum Foundation, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Mohammad Al Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kuwait
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Day 3 – Friday, December 5, 2014

9:30 - 11:30 Parallel Sessions

Economic Integration 3

Session 1 – The Economic Dimensions of Arab Integration

 

  1. a- Arab integration and economic development
  2. b- Political independence and economic dependency
  3. c- Riches, prosperity, and integration: Will Arabs choose to live in solidarity or disunity?
  4. d- The future of economic and development cooperation: Pursuing a single  Arab economy

Moderator:

  • Hani Wafa, Political Editor at Riyadh newspaper, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Speakers:

  • Bachir Messaitfa, Lecturer at Algiers University, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
  • Hicham Attouch, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economy and Sociology, Souissi, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Mohamed Bigautane, Research Associate at the Mohamed Bin Rashid School of Government , Kingdom of Morocco  
  • Mohamed Alarabi Alferdaousi, Deputy President of the Moroccan Association of Economists, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Omar Elasri, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economy and Sociology, Souissi, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco

Cultural Integration 3

Session 2 – The Forms of Cultural Integration and Its Role in Preserving the Arab World
The session illustrates the different forms of cultural integration and the role it plays in preserving existing Arab countries and preventing their fall as a result of separation and division.

Moderator:

  • Saif Al Mahrouqi, Editor in Chief of Oman newspaper, Sultanate of Oman


Speakers:

  • Sawsan El Abtah, Professor of Islamic Civilization at the Lebanese University, Lebanese Republic
  • Shafeeq Ghabra, Professor of Political Science at Kuwait University, the State of Kuwait
  • Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, Visiting Associate Professor at the Political Science Department of the American University in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Fakhri Saleh, Head of Arabic publishing at Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Mohamed Hijou, Professor at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Agdal, Kingdom of Morocco

 

Political Integration 3

Session 3 – Arabs and Neighboring Countries: Current Challenges and Future Questions

  1. a- The future relations between Arabs and Turkey as well as Iran will not be set straight unless they are based on a scientific balance between politics, economics, and security. Security for all cannot be reached unless it is first established permanently in the Arab region.
  2. b- Israel’s strategy in igniting conflicts between Arabs and neighboring countries: Arabs, Turkey, and Iran caught in a triangle – nationalist sensitivities and the blowup of confessional and sectarian issues.
  3. c- The longing of Arabs for the rise of Egypt as a strong nation in the region, adopting an Arab strategy that represents them all in facing the strategies and schemes of neighboring countries that threaten Arab interests.
Moderator:
  • Mohamad Seif Eddine Salman, Chief Strategic Advisor at InvestorsNexus LTD., Lebanese Republic
Speakers:
  • Mohamed Baharoon, Deputy President of B’huth Center, United Arab Emirates
  • Mohamed Zineddine, Professor at the Faculty of Legal, Economic, and Social Sciences, Mohammedia, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Mohamed Noureldin, Professor of History and Turkish language at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences of the Lebanese University, Lebanese Republic
  • Mujeebur Rahman, Professor at the University of Jawaharlar Nehru, Republic of India
  • Mustafa Al Faqi, Political writer, Arab Republic of Egypt

 

General Topic

Session 4 - An Alternative Reliable Media Tool for Understanding the Situation
How can we understand what is happening in the entire region far from one-sided media, especially media that calls for one ideology and dismisses any other source? What is an alternative reliable media source that depicts the reality of the situation leaving evaluation and criticism to us? A study in this direction encompassing all technological tools is necessary. However, is it dependable? How?

Moderator:

  • Ibrahim Alshamrani, Author at Makah newspaper, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Speakers:

  • Shakir Noori, Journalist, novelist, and Professor at Alguorer University in Dubai, Republic of Iraq
  • Cherif Rezki, General Manager of Alkhabar Algerian newspaper, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
  • Nahawand El Kadri Issa, Author, researcher, trainer, and professor at the Faculty of Media and Documentation of the Lebanese University, Lebanese Republic
  • Nart Bouran, CEO and Head of Sky News Arabia, United Arab Emirates

11:30 - 2:00

Lunch Break

2:00 - 3:30

Plenary – Towards a New Security System –
The session looks at establishing a new security system that meets the dangerous challenges facing the Arab world on the backdrop of current geopolitical changes.
 

  1. 1- What are the solutions for Arabs in a time that threatens their past, present and future? Can we really say that they are in a state of “non-history” as stated by the great Moroccan thinker Mohammed Abed Al-Jabri?
  2. 2- What we have become is not in whole the outcome of our enemies, it is rather the result of what we have done to ourselves, the result of our absence or negligence towards our own beings.
  3. 3- Is the Arab national ideology totally marginalized, to a point that it is no longer linked to life, history, and future?

Moderator:

  • Abderrahim ElFarsi, Senior Correspondent at Sky News Arabia, Kingdom of Morocco


Speakers:

  • Saadeddine Mehio, Editorial Manager at Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanese Republic
  • Aref El Zebn, Director of the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Abdulaziz Sager, Chairman of the Gulf Research Center, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 
  • Imad Rizk, General Manager of Isticharia company. Lebanese Republic

3:30 - 5:00

Plenary – Education and Culture in the Arab World: Towards an Inclusive Intellectual and Cultural Project 

There appears in the Arab world a pressing need for establishing the basis of an inclusive intellectual and cultural project. Therefore, it is necessary to involve all cultural organizations and bodies as well as the Arab ministries of culture. Together, they should take the initiative of revising Arab agreements related to culture in order to draw an inclusive cultural project with a clear outline and unambiguous goals.
   
Moderator:

  • Parween Habib, Media professional, program coordinator, and presenter at Dubai Media Corporation, Kingdom of Bahrain


Speakers:

  • Hesham Al-Awadi, Associate Professor of History and International Relations at the American University of Kuwait, Kuwait
  • Maen Al Bayari, Head  of the Opinion Section  at Alrae newspaper, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

7:00 - 8:00

Distribution of the Arab Creativity Awards and the Best Arab Book Award

8:00 - 9:30

Arab Creativity Award Dinner Reception