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ICSR Atkin Conference: The New Generation in the Middle East


The New Generation in the Middle East 

The Third Annual Atkin Conference

Friday, 21 October 2011

The third annual Atkin conference takes places in a year of unprecedented transformations in the Middle East. The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya are changing the region’s political map. Even Israel has witnessed a wave of popular protests.

This year’s conference will try to make sense of what has happened, and what will be next. What role have diasporas played in the ongoing struggles for peace and democracy? How influential have traditional media and new media been in effecting change? What did it feel like to be on the ground? How will the New Middle East change in 2012 – and beyond?

ICSR has brought together many of the key movers of the Arab revolutions, as well as analysts and grassroots activists from across the Middle East, for a day long conversation about The New Generation in the Middle East. It is the first time that this group of activists ¬¬¬– from Arab countries and Israel – have come together to discuss the future of their region.

Seating is strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
RSVP to katie.rothman@icsr.info

09.00         Registration and Coffee

09.30        Welcome 
  Amal Abusrour and Sefi Kedmi, Atkin Fellows

09.40        How can diasporas advance peace in the new Middle East?

  •  Dr. Hussein Ibish, Executive Director, Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership
  • Lorna Fitzsimons, Chief Executive, Bicom.
  • Ron Skolnik, Director, Meretz USA
  • Zaki Chehab, Editor-in-Chief, ArabsToday.net
  • Dr Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian Representative to the United Kingdom

Moderator: Prof Peter Neumann, ICSR

10.40        The Atkin Fellowship 
 Odelia Englander, Muna Dajani and Alia Al Kadi, Atkin Fellows

10.50        Coffee Break

11.10        What next for new media in the new Middle East?

  • Michael Young, opinion editor, Daily Star, Lebanon
  • Stephen Pollard, editor, The Jewish Chronicle
  • Michael Weiss, communications director, The Henry Jackson Society
  • Malik Abdeh, chief editor, Barada TV, Syria; founder of the Movement for Justice and Development
  • Mahmoud Salem, blogger Sand Monkey

Moderator: Dr John Bew, ICSR

12.15        Buffet Lunch

13.30        A view from Tahrir Square

  • Dr Omar Ashour, Exeter University
  • Dr Amany Soliman, Atkin Fellow
  • Dareen Khalifa, Egyptian Council on Human Rights, Cairo

Moderator: Dr John Bew, ICSR

14.15        A view from the Rothschild tents

  • Gil Murciano, Atkin Fellow, Reut Institute, Tel Aviv
  • Yael Patir, Atkin Fellow. Peres Center for Peace, Tel Aviv
  • Talia Gorodess, Reut Institute, Tel Aviv

Moderator: Prof Peter Neumann, ICSR

15.00        Coffee Break

15.20        This time next year in the new Middle East 

  • Sabri Saidam, advisor to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
  • Tarek Heggy, Egyptian author
  • Daniel Levy, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation
  • Jamal Zakout, advisor to Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad
  • Nahum Barnea, journalist, winner of the Israel Prize for communication

Moderator: Dr John Bew, ICSR

16.30        Syria: Inside the Secret Revolution

  • A conversation with Jane Corbin, BBC

Corbin’s recent Panaroma programme – Syria: Inside the Secret Revolution – documented the Assad regime’s brutal crackdown against its own people.

Moderator: Manar Rachwani, Atkin Fellow

17.00        Conference adjourned