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Engaging with an Arab World in Crisis, DIIS Seminar: 1 December 2014

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Engaging with an Arab World in Crisis International Policy Conference. Opening speech by Martin Lidegaard the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs. 1. December 2014 Backgroud When the Arab Revolts broke out in late 2010 and early 2011, observers and policy-makers cheered the arrival of an opportunity, however fragile and uncertain, for generating political change in a region that for decades had hosted the world’s most enduring authoritarian regimes. Almost four years later, the opportunity for political transition seems to have narrowed. With a few but important exceptions such as Tunisia, authoritarian regime practices have been restored, regional competition has increased, contentious politics have been militarized, and in some cases the political arenas have disintegrated. These recent developments not only present decision-makers in the Arab region with an unprecedented political and social crisis. They also force international actors to reconsider their policy preferences and alliance-buildings, and may prompt immediate security concerns to trump the long-term political development goals that were identified in the early days of the “Arab Spring”. To take stock of the recent developments in the Arab Region, and to discuss how Denmark and its partners may best engage with the region in the future, the Danish Institute for International Studies organizes an international conference in Copenhagen on December 1st, 2014. The conference is organized in collaboration with JMW Consulting and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Speakers Martin Lidegaard, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Denmark Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President, International Crisis Group Steven Heydemann, Vice President, United States Institute for Peace Lina Khatib, Director, Carnegie Middle East Center Hazem Kandil, Lecturer, University of Cambridge Ellen Lust, Professor, Yale University Mohammed Hafez, Chairman, Naval Postgraduate School Rasmus Alenius Boserup, Senior Reseacher, DIIS Helle Malmvig, Senior Researcher, DIIS Sune Haugbølle, Associate Professor, Roskilde University Jakob Wichmann, Partner, JMW Read more at http://www.diis.dk