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HomeNEWS AND MEDIA201211 April 2012 - NATO PA SEMINAR ON THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC TRANSITION IN THE MAGHREB, MACHREK AND PERSIAN GULF COUNTRIES STARTS TODAY (WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL) IN MARSEILLE

11 April 2012 - NATO PA SEMINAR ON THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC TRANSITION IN THE MAGHREB, MACHREK AND PERSIAN GULF COUNTRIES STARTS TODAY (WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL) IN MARSEILLE

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The Joint 79th Rose Roth and Special Mediterranean Group Seminar in co operation with the French National Assembly and the French Senate kicked off today in Marseille in the Hemicycle of the Conseil de la Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA). For 2 days some 90 Members of parliament from NATO and partner countries and a number of other participants from the diplomatic, governmental and expert communities will be debating on "The Political and Economic Transition in the Maghreb, Machrek and Persian Gulf Countries”.

The Seminar will analyse the opportunities and risks presented by a rapidly evolving political order in this diverse and important region. The panels will focus on Muslim societies, Sharia Law, the role of external actors in the MENA Region, the economic expectations generated by the Arab Spring, its implications for the Arabian Peninsula, security challenges in the region and changing social dynamics in the Middle East.

The Seminar will also explore the challenges associated with building more open and transparent governing institutions. Indeed, one aim of this seminar is to draw upon the Assembly’s experience on matters related to democratic transition and to identify areas where broad international co-operation in democratic reform would be useful and welcome.
Speakers include:

Fayez AL-TARAWNEH, Member of the Jordanian Senate, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)

Caroline DUMAS, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

Lin NOUEIHED, journalist, Reuters;

Bernardino LEON, European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the Southern Mediterranean;

Sujata SHARMA, US diplomat, Political Section, Embassy of the United States in Paris, France;

Fadi HAKURA, Associate Fellow, Europe, The Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House, London;

Gabriele CASCONE, Analyst, Strategic Analysis Capability Section, Division Emerging Security Challenges, NATO;

Ambassador Richard A. BOUCHER, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD;

Mats KARLSSON, Director for the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI);

Eric HOOGLUND, Visiting Professor and Senior Research Scholar, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Sweden;

Alan GEORGE, Senior Associate Member, Middle East Politics/Economics, St Antony's College, University of Oxford;

Lahcen BIYJEDDIGEN, Vice-president of the Assembly of Councillors, Morocco;

Sammy RAVEL, Minister plenipotentiary, Embassy of Israel in Paris;

Ilan HALEVI, Advisor of President Mahmoud Abbas, Political advisor at the Mission of Palestine to France and at the Embassy of Palestine in Berlin;

Fatiha DAZI-HENI, Political scientist, Specialist of the Arabian Peninsula, Paris;

Maria HOLT, Senior Lecturer, Democracy and Islam Programme, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster;

Barah MIKAIL, Senior researcher, Foundation for International Relations and External Dialogue (FRIDE), Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF);

Simon LUNN, Senior Fellow, DCAF, former Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly;

Dina MEHLEM, Head of Middle East and North Africa Programmes, Westminster Foundation for Democracy;

François DULUC, Chief of Parliamentary Assistance, Co operation Service, National Assembly, France;

Mohamed ABBOU, Vice-president of the Assembly of Representatives, Morocco;

Suadad NAJIM, First Secretary in Charge of the European Organizations and Institutions, European Affairs Department, League of Arab States

Contact Press@nato-pa.int for further information.

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