Second Annual Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Conference held at NTU

On Thursday 9 April, delegates gathered for the Second Annual Middle East and North Africa Conference, held at Nottingham Trent University.

On Thursday 9 April, delegates gathered for the Second Annual Middle East and North Africa Conference, held at Nottingham Trent University.

This interdisciplinary conference brought together academics, practitioners and students from a range of disciplines to explore regional integration versus national disintegration in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Over thirty delegates attended the conference – some travelling from as far afield as Greece, Turkey and Prague.

The event hosted eight panels which looked at a range of issues affecting the contemporary MENA. The panels focused on a variety of topics including: Civil War, Terrorism and Ideology; Understanding the Transformative Effects of the Arab Spring; The Political Economy of Aid, Civil Society and Solidarity in the MENA.

Dr. Imad El-Anis, Head of the School of Social Sciences' Middle East and North Africa Research Cluster said: "This conference explored the processes of change currently shaping the Middle East and North Africa and brought together academics and practitioners from around the world, and from different fields including International Relations, International Political Economy, Middle Eastern Studies, and Global Studies."

"The papers presented contributed to our understanding of the ways in which the region is becoming polarised between states that are integrating politically and economically with each other on the one hand, and states that are disintegrating internally on the other."

"The research presented will be published in two journal special issues that will present a number of policy recommendations for governments and other stakeholders within the region and elsewhere."

Find out more about the Middle East and North Africa Research Cluster at NTU.

Second Annual Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Conference held at NTU

Published on 17 April 2015
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