The 11th Al Jazeera Forum to discuss state crisis and the future of the Middle East
Al Jazeera Centre for Studies is organising the 11th Al Jazeera Forum in Doha on 15-16 April 2017 under the title "State Crisis and the Future of the Middle East".
The 11th Al Jazeera Forum comes in the context of the crisis a number of Arab countries are going through, threatening their instability and territorial integrity. These crises have not emerged overnight but are rooted in the distortions of the colonial period, resulting in inherent deficiencies such as subservience to foreign powers, regional fragmentation and domestic authoritarianism. The crises has manifested themselves in various forms such as the failure in establishing an inclusive participatory political system, building a strong economy and a sustainable developmental model, handling international affairs in a balanced manner aloof of subservience to foreign powers, reaching broad consensus and building national identity capable of accommodating all social segments, achieving lasting Arab cooperation and overcoming the regional disintegration created by post-World War arrangements.
For the discussion of these issues, the forum will host elite politicians, thinkers and journalists from all over the world in panel discussions for two days to debate the following topics:
- The Arab State in historical context ?
- Reasons for failure and the manifestations of the crisis?
- Does the Arab Spring still represent a prospect for reform and regional and domestic change?
- 100 years after the Balfour Declaration, what does the existence of Israel mean to the region?
- Arab options vis-a-vis the rising regional powers: is conlict between regional projects inevitable?
- Where is the Middle East headed?