Since the first wave of uprisings in 2011, the euphoria of the “Arab Spring” has given way to the gloom of backlash and a descent into mayhem and war. The revolution has been overwhelmed by clashes between rival counter-revolutionary forces: resilient old regimes on the one hand and Islamic fundamentalist contenders on the other. Focusing on Syria and Egypt, Achcar assesses the present stage of the uprising and the main obstacles, both regional and international, that prevent any resolution.
Gilbert Achcar is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, University of London. His publications include The Clash of Barbarisms: September 11 and the Making of the New World Disorder (2002), published in 15 languages; Perilous Power: The Middle East and US Foreign Policy (2008), with Noam Chomsky; the critically acclaimed The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab–Israeli War of Narratives (2010); and The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising (2013).
Chair: Salwa Ismail, SOAS
London Middle East Institute
Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
The Middle East and North Africa region is well-known for its abundant natural resources and important geostrategic position. This image is currently over-shadowed by sectarian violence and trans-boundary conflicts that threaten the stability of the entire region with huge global implications. Unfortunately such preoccupation with conflict has come at the expense of addressing the region’s other challenges.
Students & SOAS Alumni: £10.00 (proof of student status required)
Although the region’s fragile state of the environment has increasingly preoccupied policymakers in individual countries, there is as yet insufficient concerted effort for initiating or coordinating collaborative action to address these. In the absence of a positive agenda for tackling these, recurrent environmental setbacks and rapid depletion of the region’s natural resources pose a major threat to long term economic, political and social stability of the region.
Despite the urgency of these challenges, there has been as yet no international conference dedicated to studying MENA’s environmental sustainability in its entirety in recent years.
As a leading School for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, SOAS is uniquely placed to act as a constructive and forward-looking forum for an international and scientific gathering of experts and policy-makers concerned with the state of the MENA region’s environmental predicament.
The conference is predicated upon two critical premises:
(a) that expertise and awareness from a wide range of disciplines is required to understand and address these challenges; and
(b) to have a real chance of success, the MENA countries need to confront these problems as their common threats leading to real and positive space for regional cooperation and policy coordination.
The London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS, University of London, is pleased to host the first international conference focused on the Middle East and North Africa environment in the 21st century.
Taking advantage of SOAS’s centenary landmark, we hope to bring together climate and natural scientists and environmental engineers along with social scientists and policy makers to engage in urgent dialogue to pave the road for future collaborations.
The conference will comprise of scientific peer-reviewed submissions as well as invited keynote speakers to address the various dimensions of the region’s challenges from across the region and disciplines.
Ahead of Social Saturday, Roberta Siao will be joining us for the first time in the demo kitchen, cooking Iranian food
A Brazillian chef who oversees the kitchen at Mazi Mas – a pop up restaurant and social enterprise that works to empower women from migrant and refugee communities – Roberta will be using Market produce to create a host of crowd-pleasing dishes, to inspire your cooking at home.
Her menu will include:
Spinach borani – a dip to be served with bread. And . . .
Gheymeh bademjan – yellow split pea stew with tomatoes, cinnamon, turmeric and dried limes
Saffron chicken with rice and flatbreads
Join Roberta at the free cookery demonstration, full of tips, tastings and recipes on Friday 14th October in the Market Hall, 12:30-2pm.
(Friday) 12:30 - 14:00
8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL, United Kingdom
You are invited to join us for a thought provoking evening with a panel event and discussion addressing the human rights implications that exist for families seeking justice for the disappeared in Turkey and Iran.
Chairing the event is Prof. Bill Bowring, Professor of International Law at Birkbeck College.
The keynote speaker of the event is Henrikas Mickevičius, member of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances.
Panel speakers include: Shadi Sadr, a human rights lawyer with Justice for Iran, an NGO based in London, speaking on 1988 massacre and mass graves in Iran.
Özlem Kaya, an activist with NGO Hafıza Merkezi, speaking on the situation in Turkey and gender aspects of the disappeared.
Two speakers from the families of the disappeared will tell their stories, including Chowra Makaremi, a researcher based at Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux in Paris.
The evening will conclude with a plenary discussion and networking reception.
Registration is free but donations would be welcome.
The Great Hall, London Metropolitan University
The Rocket Building, 166-220 Holloway Road, Holloway, N7 8DB, United Kingdom