Sessions Briefs

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The 7th and last session of FIKR10 dealt with the aftermath of the Arab Spring. All five speakers, moderated by Fatima Zahra Daoui -Moroccan senior presenter at Al Arabiya- moderated the talk. The audience was highly interested and kept asking more questions during a very long Q&A session. Abdulelah Belqaziz, professor of philosophy at Hassan II University in Casablanca opened the discussion with an argument about the importance of having a competition between the different political powers
The Sixth Session at FIKR 10 was about Women as well as Youth and Cyberspace. Moderator Mahmoud Al Werwary from Hiwar AlArab at Al Arabia started the session by asking whether the Arab Spring would have happened without the new media and whether we can call it a Youth revolution or an Internet Revolution. Sultan Saoud al Qasemi, non-resident fellow at the Dubai School of Government, responded to a question about the alternative media and its role in the initiation of revolutions, by saying that
On the second day of FIKR10, the fifth session was opened with an essential question: Does Arab Culture have a Spring? In other words, the panel sat and discussed the situation of Arab thinkers through the progression of the past revolutionary months. Salah Jarrar, the Jordanian minister of culture moderated this talk, and starting by saying that revolutions need a political philosophy behind them, as well as the respect of people’s basic rights. There are many questions about
The Fourth session of FIKR10 tackled the interactions between the Arab countries, their neighbors and the world. The audience elaborated on Arab-Arab relations and Arab- Foreign relations, analyzing all aspects of foreign interference in the Arab Spring and questioning the role of the Arab League in the lights of the current changes. The panel was moderated by Saad M F T Alajmi, Publisher of Alaan E-magazine, State of Kuwait.  The first intervention was initiated by HRH Prince
Dr. Amre Moussa, Former Foreign Minister and Former Secretary General of the League of the Arab States, Arab Republic of Egypt, started his speech by saying that the Arab Spring was inevitable. The revolutions proved the failure of dictatorships in monitoring and embracing societal change; therefore the next state will not be like the previous one for sure. Dr. Moussa added that a revolution is an exceptional circumstance so it requires exceptional measures. For example, the role of
The second panel “Economic Challenges” was moderated by Mohammad Chatah, Senior Foreign Policy advisor to the Lebanese PM Saad Hariri. The discussion aimed at identifying the economic challenges and the possibility of realizing and preserving economic stability. Most speakers agreed that the economic depression was invading the Arab region, and they had pessimistic approaches about the post-revolutionary markets. The only person who contradicted these concerns was former
Mr. Nadim Koteich, the moderator of the session asked: It was said that this revolution was lead by people who are mainly from the upper middle class and they had no developmental demands and no economic issues to be solved. Do you agree on this? Dr. Abla Abou Elbah, Member of Parliament, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan replied: These Revolutions have a political, democratic and social nature. I would add that there are demands related to the economy and we should not be surprised due to the
Your Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai Your Royal Highness Prince Khalid AlFaisal Your Highnesses Your Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen I am very glad to stand here today speaking to elite of intellectuals and opinion leaders in the Arab World. First of all, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the Arab Thought Foundation and his Royal Highness and chairman for providing this
Your Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.. Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.. Your Highnesses, Excellencies and Eminences.. Ladies and Gentlemen.. Greetings, I would like to begin my speech and on behalf of the Arab Thought Foundation (ATF), by extending our sincere thanks and appreciation to the United Arab Emirates, led by his Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. I congratulate the Emirati people, leadership and