The Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Arab Thought Foundation (FIKR13)

Arab Integration: The Dream of Unity and the Reality of Division

 

Skhirat – Kingdom of Morocco
3-5 December 2014

Days: 

 

Day 1 – Wednesday, December 3, 2014

9:30 - 11:30 Parallel Sessions

Economic Integration 1

Economic Cooperation: Challenges Resulting from Diversity

 

Cultural Integration 1

The Role of Culture and Arts in Establishing Unity Among Peoples

 

Political Integration 1

A Historical Look at the Geopolitical Changes in the Arab World

 

General Topic

Presentation and Discussion of the ESCWA Report ('Arab Integration: A 21st Century Development Imperative')

11:30-12:00

Networking Break

12:00-12:30

Opening Ceremony

12:30-1:00

Inaugural lecture – Problematic Issues in Unity Among Arabs

1:00-2:30

Lunch break

2:30-2:40

Address by Saudi Aramco (Partner Sponsor)

2:40-4:00

Plenary – The Moroccan Experience: Citizenship

4:00-4:30

Networking break

4:30 - 6:00

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

 

Day 2 – Thursday, December 4, 2014

9:30 - 11:30 Parallel Sessions

Economic Integration 2

Natural Resources: A Catalyst for Integration or a Cause for Conflicts?

 

Cultural Integration 2

The Declining Role of Cultural Elite

 

Political Integration 2

Promoting the Role of Regional Organizations

 

General Topic

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

 

11:30-12:00

Networking Break

12:00 - 1:30

Plenary – The Arab Mentality and the Conspiracy Theory

1:30 - 3:00

Lunch break

3:00 - 4:30

Plenary – The “New Middle East” Project

 

Day 3 – Friday, December 5, 2014

9:30 - 11:30 Parallel Sessions

Economic Integration 3

The Forms of Cultural Integration and its Role in Preserving the Arab World

 

Cultural Integration 3

The Forms of Cultural Integration and its Role in Preserving the Arab World

 

Political Integration 3

Arabs and Neighboring Countries: Current Challenges and Future Questions

 

General Topic

An Alternative Reliable Media Tool for Understanding the Situation

11:30 - 2:00

Lunch Break

2:00 - 3:30

Plenary – Towards a New Security System

3:30 - 4:00

Networking break

4:00 - 5:30

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

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