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Options for Syria

Options for Syria


Istanbul

The Syrian civil war is one of the longest post-cold war ongoing conflicts, with a heavy toll on civilians, and with long-lasting effects on regional and international politics. There are multiple regional and international actors directly and indirectly involved in the conflict. As the crisis has changed shape and forms, these primary actors’ policies and priorities have evolved as well. The recent chemical attack by the regime in Idlib and the ensuing US response have introduced new variables into the equation in Syria. At this stage, it is of paramount importance to evaluate the situation in Syria and analyse how the options and priorities of the Syrian, of regional and of international actors have changed. The round table aims to be both descriptive and prescriptive on the Syrian crisis.

TOWARDS A NEW SECURITY ARCHITECTURE FOR THE MENA REGION

TOWARDS A NEW SECURITY ARCHITECTURE FOR THE MENA REGION


Istanbul

The collapse of regional order has made the security failures of the Sharq region ever more apparent. State failures, violent extremism, the emergence of militia groups as central regional forces, chemical warfare, and the arms race are among the security problems of the region which call for the development of a new security architecture for the MENA. This conference will bring together experts, policymakers, and current and former officials, as well as representatives of international agencies, to share their perspectives and provide new insights on current security issues and suggest frameworks for a new security architecture in the region.

U.S.-Turkey Relations: Beyond Suspicion?

U.S.-Turkey Relations: Beyond Suspicion?


The German Marshall Fund of the United States

U.S.-Turkey Relations: Beyond Suspicion?
Organized in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States

Turkey & South Africa: Regional Powers with Global Responsibilities

Turkey & South Africa: Regional Powers with Global Responsibilities


Pretoria

Turkey and South Africa are two regional powers with international roles, responsibilities and influence. This conference will bring together experts, policy-makers, current and former officials, as well as representatives of international agencies to share their perspectives and provide new insights on the current situation and future of Turkish and South African politics

Europe and its Neighbourhood - Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management in the 21st Century

Europe and its Neighbourhood - Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management in the 21st Century


London

The second annual conference on Europe’s Changing Neighbourhood, organised in partnership with Chatham House and International Crisis Group, will assess the effectiveness and external perceptions of Europe’s collective and national-level responses to the crises in its neighbourhood. It will also consider how Europe can use its political and social capacity to manage the current crisis environment.

Envisioning a Post-Crisis Regional Order in the Sharq Region

Envisioning a Post-Crisis Regional Order in the Sharq Region


Istanbul

It is important to mark the Sykes-Picot agreement on its 100-year anniversary not only because it was one of the founding charters of the state system of the modern Middle East, a milestone marking the ending of one era and beginning of another, but also because this anniversary comes while the whole region is subject to dramatic events resulting from what seems to be “a big failure” in the modern state project in the region. The central government has collapsed in many states and primordial identities and loyalties (religious, tribal, racial, and sectarian) have returned to surface after recession of the concept of citizenship.

Responding to Turkey’s Failed Coup: Implications for European Engagement with the Middle East

Responding to Turkey’s Failed Coup: Implications for European Engagement with the Middle East


London

In partnership with European Council on Foreign Relations

Al Sharq Forum - Foreign Affairs LIVE: Sykes Picot At 100

Al Sharq Forum - Foreign Affairs LIVE: Sykes Picot At 100


Washington, D.C.

A century ago, a secret agreement between France and Britain carved the Middle East into spheres of influence supervised by the two superpowers. The Sykes-Picot agreement hastily divided the territory of the former Ottoman empire into a map that did not correspond to the ethnic, tribal or sectarian distinctions on the ground. Join Al Sharq Forum and Foreign Affairs for a special event to look back at the legacy of the treaty that defined and divided the Middle East. This evening event will bring together experts from the public and private sectors to examine the profound consequences of Sykes-Picot today, as well as the contemporary policy recommendations to address its consequences.

Rethinking Violent Extremism in the MENA Region

Rethinking Violent Extremism in the MENA Region


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

“What are the implications of regional developments and turmoil on the Palestinian issue?”

“What are the implications of regional developments and turmoil on the Palestinian issue?”


The workshop was based upon the question of: “What are the implications of regional developments and turmoil on the Palestinian issue?”

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