Rethinking Violent Extremism in the MENA Region

09/04/2016 – 10/04/2016 @ All Day –

Al Sharq Forum in cooperation with The Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC) are holding a conference in Istanbul – Turkey.

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The conference is open to public. 

Simultaneous translation will be available in three languages: English, Turkish and Arabic




10:00 – 11:15 Opening Ceremony: Opening Speeches & Keynote Speech
10:00 – 10:30 Opening Speeches
Mohamed Dangor, Advisor to South Africa’s Minister of International Relations & Former South African Ambassador to the State of Libya, The Republic of Syria and The Republic of Lebanon
Talip Kucukcan, MP, Justice And Development Party & Head of The Turkish Delegation for The Parliamentary Assembly of The Council of Europe
10:30 – 11:15 Keynote Speech
Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish Presidential Spokesperson, Ambassador, Deputy Secretary-General of the Presidency & Special Adviser to The President of Turkey
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 13:15 Panel 1: History and Context of IS
Moderator: Galip Dalay, Research Director at Al Sharq Forum
Syria and Iraq: Understanding the Birthplace of IS
Yahya Alqubaysi, Iraqi Center for Strategic Studies
Why ISIS Emerged in the Middle East?
David Hearst, Middle East Eye
Paradox of Survival and Expansion: How the Islamic State Group Can Fight
Omar Ashour, Exeter University
ISIS and the Arab Counterrevolution: A Historical Perspective
Mohammed Mukhtar Shinqiti, Qatar Foundation
13:15 – 14:30 Buffet Lunch at the Hotel
14:30 – 16:00 Panel 2: Ideological Foundations
Moderator: Murat Yesiltas, Director of Security Studies at SETA Foundation
Ideological Roots of Extremist Groups: IS and Al-Qa’ida
Chafic Choucair, Al Jazeera Center for Studies
Sunni Nationalism or Islamic Puritanism
Emad Shahin, Georgetown University
Between Salafism, Ba’athism and Violence
Ramazan Yildirim, Istanbul University
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:00 Panel 3: (Re)Conceptualizing the Islamic State group
Moderator: Naadira Munshi, Research Fellow at Socio Economic Rights Institute of South Africa
Is IS a ‘Revolutionary’ Group?
Ibrahim Halawi, Royal Holloway University
ISIS: A New Generation of Foreign Terrorist Fighters
Haldun Yalcinkaya, ORSAM Security Studies Coordinator
State Building in the Arena of Contested Sovereignties
Jose Martinez, University of Cambridge

APRIL 10, 2015 – SUNDAY

10:00 – 10:30 Keynote Speech
Wadah Khanfar, President of Al Sharq Forum
10:45 – 12:45 Panel 4: Governance and Membership and/in the ‘Islamic State’
Moderator: Maria Fantappie, Senior Analyst at International Crisis Group
Winning Hearts and Stomachs: Service Delivery in IS Territory
Brent Eng, University of Berkeley
IS Structure and Hierarchy
Hasan Abu Haniyah, Independent Researcher
IS Recruitment of ‘Foreign Fighters’: The Tunisian Case
Monica Marks, Oxford University
Impact of ISIS on Its Recruiting Grounds: The Caucasus
Tamer Badawi, Central European University
12:45 – 14:00 Buffet Lunch at the Hotel
14:00 – 16:00 Panel 5: Forecasting IS and Experiences in Countering Extremism
Moderator: Na’eem Jeenah, Senior Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Center
IS and the Economy: Prospects for the Future
Mohamed Okda, Insight into Crisis
Potentialities and failures in the European Experience
Rizwaan Sabir, Liverpool John Moores University
Countering Extremism From a Security Perspective: Experiences from South Africa
David Africa, Executive Director of the African Center for Security and Intelligent Praxis
Political Islam’s Response to the IS and Its Ideology
Azzam Tamimi, Al Hiwar TV



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