Doctoral Researcher, Tarik Oumazzane, discusses his time at the ICPESS 2017 Conference in Bosnia

In May 2017, Doctoral researcher Tarik Oumazzane was delighted to present his doctoral work focusing on trade liberation, political cooperation and peace in the Middle East and North Africa at the ICPESS 2017 Conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

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Tarik Oumazzane with colleagues at the ICPESS conference

The International Congress on Political, Economic and Social Studies (ICPESS) conference, held over the weekend of 19 May 2017 at the International University of Sarajevo, attracted researchers from 17 countries with over 250 presentations.

Tarik’s paper, 'Trade Liberalisation in the Middle East and North Africa: Promoting Peace and Stability' received praise from the audience and inspired a lively debate. He commented:

“The conference provided me a great opportunity to tell a diverse audience about my research at NTU and receive good feedback. I was able to network with delegates, scholars and government officials from Bosnia, Turkey, Jordan, Malaysia and Croatia. Thus, since the conference, I have been invited to participate in future conferences and work jointly with colleagues from other universities worldwide. I was even approached with the opportunity to publish my paper as a journal article.”

While in Bosnia, Tarik visited important places he teaches about in the field of International Relations. These included the Latin Bridge where Franz Ferdinand was assassinated to begin WWI, the Tunnel of Life that saved local inhabitants during the siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s , the sight of the 1984 Winter Olympic and the Memorial Centre in Srebrenica. Tarik remarked: “I always wanted to commemorate the victims of the Srebrenica genocide and meet some of the survivals. There I was deeply touched when a lady who survived the genocide chose to decorate my chest with the Rose of Srebrenica.”

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Doctoral Researcher, Tarik Oumazzane, discusses his time at the ICPESS 2017 Conference in Bosnia

Published on 1 August 2017
  • Subject area: Politics and international studies
  • Category: School of Social Sciences

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