How can a Regional Accord Help end the War in Syria?

Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 8.30-16.30

 

Eigtveds Pakhus, Sal III

Asiatisk Plads 2 G

1448 Copenhagen K

 

The conference is hosted by DIIS, Danish Institute for International Studies, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (UM).

 

Background

 

The Syrian conflict is entering its fourth year with devastating humanitarian and political consequences. More than 150.000 have been killed and over 9 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. The regional consequences of the conflict are also severe; the fragile political balances in neighboring states are under pressure, old territorial borders are challenged, and sectarianism and identity politics are on the rise.

 

Indeed the conflict has emerged as a key battleground for regional rivalries and zero-sum competitions. The main powers of the region are fighting for regional influence and continue to use identity politics to gather regional support and thwart off domestic discontent. While much attention has been devoted to the way regional actors are fuelling the Syrian conflict, this conference aims to discuss how regional actors can be drawn into a diplomatic process and ultimately be given a stake in a political solution.

 

Leading experts and policy-makers from the region are therefore invited to debate key issues such as: What are the main security concerns and motivations that drive regional powers’ involvement in Syria, what kind of domestic power-sharing arrangement may be envisaged and supported by regional powers, and what may regional actors concretely deliver in terms of de-escalatory policies?

 

 

Speakers

 

Martin Lidegaard, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Denmark

Farhad Atai, Professor of Regional Studies, University of Tehran

Osman Dincer, Researcher, International Strategic Research Organisation, Ankara

Abdel Aziz Al Uwaisheq, Professor, Georgetown University, Qatar GCC. Assistant Secretary General for Negotiations and Strategic Dialogue

Hayder Al-Khoei, Associate Fellow, Chatham House, London

Lina Khatib, Director, Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut

Nir Rosen, Special Advisor, Middle East & North Africa Regional Office, Humanitarian Dialogue Centre

Mina Al-Oraibi, Assistant Editor in Chief, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper

Kayhan Barzegar, Director, Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies, Tehran

Ziya Meral, Turkish Researcher and Commentator

Abdullah Al Dardari, Director of the Economic Development and Globalization Division (EDGD) at the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), Former Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Syria

Basma Kodmani, Executive Director, Arab Reform Initiative

 

Moderators

 

Julien Barnes-Dacey, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR, London

Daniel Levy, Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme, ECFR, London

Helle Malmvig, Senior Researcher, DIIS

 

 

Programme

 

08.30-09.30

Registration

 

 

09.30-09.50

Opening Speech

 

Martin Lidegaard, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Denmark

 

 

09.50-11.15

Regional Threat Perceptions and the Syrian Conflict

 

Farhad Atai, Professor of Regional Studies, University of Tehran

 

Osman Dincer, Researcher, International Strategic Research Organisation, Ankara

 

Abdel Aziz Al Uwaisheq, Professor, Georgetown University, Qatar GCC. Assistant Secretary General for Negotiations and Strategic Dialogue

 

Hayder Al-Khoei, Associate Fellow, Chatham House, London

 

 

 

Q&A moderated by Julien Barnes-Dacey, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR, London

 

 

11.15-11.40

Coffee Break

 

 

11.40-13.10

Political Transition and Power-Sharing in Syria: Views from the Region

 

Lina Khatib, Director, Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut

 

Nir Rosen, Special Advisor, Middle East & North Africa Regional Office, Humanitarian Dialogue Centre

 

Mina Al-Oraibi, Assistant Editor in Chief, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper

  

 

Q&A moderated by Daniel Levy, Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme, ECFR, London

 

 

13.10-14.10

Lunch break (please note that lunch is not included)

 

 

14.10-15.35

What can Regional Actors Deliver in Syria?

 

Kayhan Barzegar, Director, Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies, Tehran

 

Ziya Meral, Turkish Researcher and Commentator

 

Abdullah Al Dardari, Director of the Economic Development and Globalization Division (EDGD) at the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), Former Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Syria

 

 

 

Q&A moderated by Helle Malmvig, Senior Researcher, DIIS

 

 

15.35-16.00

Coffee Break

 

 

16.00-16.30

Conclusions and Ways Forward

 

Basma Kodmani, Executive Director of the Arab Reform Initiative

 

Daniel Levy, Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations, London

 

Helle Malmvig, Senior Researcher, DIIS

 

 

 

 

Practical information

 

The seminar will be in English.

Please note that lunch is not included.

 

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Monday, 26 May 12.00 noon.

 

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