The Arab World Beyond Conflict

Thursday September 20, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

JW Marriott Washington DC
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20004

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Conference Agenda

(Speakers to be announced)

8:30 AM – Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM – Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Khalil Jahshan
Executive Director, Arab Center Washington DC

9:15 AM – Opening Keynote
The Path to Ending Conflicts: Prospects and Pitfalls

10:15 AM – Break

10:30 AM – Panel I
Resolution and Prevention: Addressing the Root Causes of Conflict

Panelists will discuss the roots of conflicts in the Arab world, including internal factors such as authoritarianism, economic and political marginalization, and human rights abuses in addition to regional and international considerations and geopolitical dynamics. The session will present tools and pathways to resolve current conflicts as well as prevent future ones, while examining case studies from the Arab countries.

12:00 PM – Lunch

12:45 PM – Lunch Keynote
Rebuilding the Middle East: US Policy in a Contentious Region

2:00 PM – Panel II
State-Building in the Arab World: Transitional Justice, Governance Reform, and Rule of Law

This panel focuses on rebuilding Arab states as a path to ending conflicts. Speakers will discuss institution building, reforming governments and constitutions, implementing measures of transitional justice and reconciliation, and realizing the rule of law, economic development, and reconstruction efforts in the post-conflict era.

3:15 PM – Break

3:30 PM – Panel III
Beyond Sectarianization: Inclusive Citizenship in Arab Societies

Panelists will explore models of inclusion in Arab society and governance, with special attention to ethnic and religious groups, political parties and affiliations, the youth demographic, and women. They will address the importance of equal rights and opportunities, personal freedoms, and political participation as well as building equitable institutions and promoting a culture of pluralism and inclusive citizenship.

5:00 PM – Adjournment