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The future of the Middle East

Today the University of Nicosia will run The Middle East in the 21st Century conference, during which students and the general public can listen to speakers talk about the situation in the region, while also having the chance to raise questions.

The conference, which will begin registration at 8.45am, will see Farid Mirbagheri, the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Nicosia, open the conference at 9.15am. After a quick welcome speech, the former ambassador and jurist Dr Mohsen Bharvand will address the audience.

Questions and comments will then be welcome before a small break. Then at 11.30am there will be a panel discussion on whether the future will see the region bound together. The panel will be chaired by the Assistant Professor and Director of Diplomatic Academy of the University of Nicosia Dr Constantinos Adamides.

Professor Ahmad Moussali from the American University of Beirut will touch on cultural and religious aspects of the region. He will ask whether the regional countries will ever consider themselves part of the same grouping and whether they will continue to experience religious wars.

From the University of Applied Sciences and Technology, Tehran Dr Mohammad Soltanifar will talk about socio-political aspects and whether new means of communication will bring the region closer together or drive them further apart.

Joining the two academics will be journalist and author Dr Nikolas Stagialya, who will talk about the future of the governance model of the justice and development party.

After questions and comments and a break for lunch there will be a second panel discussion at 2.30pm on the interests that the big powers have in the region and how thy aim to secure them. Professor Tariq Tell from the American University of Beirut will talk about whether Russia, China, the EU and America can live with a united Middle East, while Mostafara Keleshzadeh from Khora Publishing will touch on the Arab Spring.

The conference will end with concluding remarks by Mirbagheri at 4.15pm.

The Middle East in the 21st Century
Conference. November 10. University of Nicosia. 9am-4.25pm. Tel: 22-841703

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