Middle East and North Africa Research Cluster Third Annual Conference (MENA)
Security, Insecurity and Prospects for Peace in the Middle East and North Africa
In what may be termed the Post-Arab Spring era, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is experiencing unprecedented national and transnational challenges. The conference will consider a range of political, economic, security, socio-cultural and environmental issues that lay at the heart of the instability the region is experiencing.
- From: Thursday 7 April 2016, 8.45 am
- To: Thursday 7 April 2016, 6 pm
- Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
In what may be termed the Post-Arab Spring era, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is experiencing unprecedented national and transnational challenges. Conflict, instability, radicalisation and the mass displacement of people have become increasingly salient features of the political and economic landscape of the region.
MENA studies has a long tradition of examining these security issues in terms of state interests, and inter-state politics focusing primarily on high politics. There is clear value in this type of approach and this conference thus adopts a broader approach to examining the challenges facing both state and non-state actors in the region. The conference also considers the prospects for peace in the MENA as a whole and in its sub-regions. The conference will consider a range of political, economic, security, socio-cultural and environmental issues that lay at the heart of the instability the region is experiencing.
Re-thinking issues of security and insecurity in the MENA not only allows us to explain what might have led to the current instability, but also allows us to posit possible solutions to security issues, and to broad-ranging peace in the region. In doing so, the conference goes beyond the concepts of security and insecurity as a standard account of perpetrator versus victim, in a state-centric and violence-centric manner, to a broader and more complex understanding of the underlying processes informing security, insecurity and peace in the contemporary MENA. Understanding how, why, where and when instability arises in the region is perhaps more important now than at any other time in the region’s modern history. Likewise exploring the prospects for peace and the means to achieving it has clear policy implications at a time when international involvement in the region is at its most intense since the end of the Cold War.
This conference will bring together scholars from different fields of study to consider these issues by using varying theoretical and methodological approaches.
Call for papers
Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome and suggested topics are as follows:
- IR and IPE Theory and the MENA
- Economic and political integration processes in MENA
- Terrorism and extremism in the post-Arab Spring MENA
- Human security challenges
- Migration, displacement and the refugee crisis
- Radicalisation, extremism and civil war in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen
- Revolutions and counter-revolutions
- Sectarianism and the internationalisation of domestic disputes
- Environmental degradation, climate change and changing uses of natural resources
- Theoretical reflections on the Arab Spring
- Civil conflicts, intervention and conflict resolution/crisis management in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen
- The Arab League and regional conflicts/disputes
- Diplomacy and international law
If you wish to present a paper, please submit an abstract of up to 250 words to Dr Imad El-Anis with the subject heading MENA Conference 2016 Abstract by Friday 12 February 2016. You will be notified of the decision on your abstract via email by Friday 26 February 2016.
For more details on the conference please visit the MENA Research Cluster website.
The full conference programme is now available. An overview of the timings for the day are as follows:
- 8.45 am - 9.15 am - Registration
- 9.15 am - 10.30 am - Panel one
- 10.30 am - 10.45 am - Break
- 10.45 am - 12.15 pm - Panels two and three
- 12.15 pm - 2 pm - Networking Lunch
- 2 pm - 3.30 pm - Panel four
- 3.30 pm - 3.45 pm - Break
- 3.45 pm - 5.30pm - Panel five
- 5.30 pm - 5.45 pm - Closing remarks
This one day conference is free to attend and open to members of the the public.