WANA Forum 2011 – Region in Transition
Agenda – 9-10 May 2011

Kempinski Hotel
Amman, Jordan

8 May 2011

Time Topics and Speakers
18:00 – 19:00 Registration (Sun Room)
19:00-20:00 Reception and Introductions


Day 1, 9 May 2011
WANA Forum Moderator: Sultan Barakat

Time Topics and Speakers
8:30 – 9:30 Registration for local participants*
9:30 – 9:40 Welcoming Remarks
Omar Rifai, WANA Forum Executive Director
9:40 – 10:15 Opening Remarks
El Hassan bin Talal, WANA Forum Chairman
Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation
10:15 – 12:00 Nature and Direction of Transition in WANA What do we mean by transition(s)? Is this a long-term process or a series of events? Should the region build upon current institutional arrangements, or is it witnessing simply a changing of the guard? How might a regional conference on security and cooperation help shape and promote successful transition? What is the role of social media and youth in promoting social cohesion and peace?Keynote Presenters

  • El Hassan bin Talal, WANA Forum Chairman
  • Rehman Sobhan, Chairman of the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh

Panel Discussion
Session Chair: Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, CEO of Al Ihsan Charity Centre, UAE

  • Octavia Nasr, Founder of Bridges Media Consulting and Former CNN Senior Editor of Middle East Affairs
  • Sally Moore, Member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party and Member of the Youth
    Coalition of the Egyptian Revolution
  • Giuma el-Gamaty, Coordinator in the United Kingdom for the Libyan rebels’ Interim
    Transitional National Council
  • Nadia Al Sakkaf, Editor-in-Chief of The Yemen Times
  • Nadine Toukan, Producer and Creative Worker, Jordan
  • El Hassan bin Talal, WANA Forum Chairman
  • Rehman Sobhan, Chairman of the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch (Kempi Restaurant)
  Building WANA’s Political Identity
Is modernisation synonymous with Westernisation? Can WANA modernise on the basis of its cultural traditions? Who is afraid of religion? Is post-uprising depression inevitable, and can people in WANA cope with the hardship? How can legitimacy be secured? What is the role of legitimacy and authenticity in building political identity in this period of transition? Is liberal democracy superior to other forms of governance, or is it desirable in WANA?Session Chair: Sultan Barakat, Director of Postwar Reconstruction & Development Unit, University of York

  • Khalil al-Anani, Scholar at School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University, UK and Senior Fellow at Al-Ahram Foundation, Egypt
  • Rama Mani, Councillor, World Future Council & Senior Research Associate, Centre for
    International Studies, University of Oxford, UK/India
  • Walid Salem, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Community Development, East Jerusalem and Coordinator of Middle East Citizens Assembly
  • Khalid Aziz, Chairman of the Institute of Policy Research and Training, Pakistan
  • Mongi Khamassi, Secretary General of Green Party, Tunisia
5:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
  Lessons in Transition
How have other nations modernised, building on their
cultural and traditional values? What can WANA learn from these nations and experiences? What role should the international community have, if any, in WANA? Can we revive the Silk Routes of WANA, between the East and the West?Session Chair: Sultan Barakat, Director of Post-war Reconstruction & Development Unit, University of York

  • Keiichi Tsunekawa, Vice President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and Senior Research Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute (JICA)
  • Narang Suri, International Urban Consultant, India and Associate, Post-war reconstruction and Development Unit, University of York
  • Liu Baolai, Council Member of Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and Special
    Researcher of China Institute of International Studies, China
  • Krystof Strachota, Head of Caucasus & Central Asia Department, Centre for Easter Studies, Poland
18:00 – 18:30 Presentation of the World Bank MENA Regional Study on Conflict, Fragility and Development
Following the launch of the global 2011 World Development Report on conflict

  • Colin Scott, Lead Social Development Specialist, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank, will present preliminary findings of a complementary regional study for consultation and discussion.
18:30-19:30 OPTIONAL: Break-Out Group Discussion of the World Bank study, moderated by Colin Scott, World Bank (Venus Room)
20:30 Gala Dinner (Al Reem Ballroom)

Day 2, 10 May 2011
WANA Forum Moderator: Sultan Barakat

Time Topics and Speakers
9:00 – 11:00 Economic Responsibilities
Can WANA undergo the necessary economic transformation during this period of transition? What are the alternatives to oil revenues and foreign aid? Is economic hardship inevitable during transition? Will populism take WANA back to rentierism? Or is leapfrogging to a post-carbon economy realistic? Can modernisation be decoupled from environmental degradation? Remarks by Aleksander Gudzowaty, Chairman and CEO of Bartimpex Foreign Trade Enterprises, Poland Session Chair: Yousef Al Ebraheem, Advisor, Al-Diwan Al-Amiri, Kuwait

  • Alexander Schieffer, Co-Founder of TRANS4M, Four World Center for Social Innovation,
  • Leena Al Olaimy, Co-Founder and Managing Director, 3BL ‘Triple Bottom Line’ Associates, Bahrain
  • Nadim Shehadi, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House, UK
  • Sana Bardawil, MENA Regional Communications Manager at Shell
  • Simona Marinescu, Senior Economist, UNDP Iraq
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
  Toward Social Cohesion
How does social cohesion link to economy and environment? Can a regional Social Charter promote social cohesion at a national level? Is a regional Cohesion Fund a viable alternative to charity and aid? Do Hima, Zakat and Istiklaf provide a basis for a broadly defined Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in WANA? How can social media and the youth bulge contribute to social cohesion?
Session Chair: Talat Halman, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Letters, Bilkent University; Former Minister of Culture, Turkey

  • Maha Yahya, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), Lebanon
  • Omar Christidis, Founder of ArabNet, Lebanon
  • Azyumardi Azra, Professor of History and Director of Graduate School, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Indonesia
  • Mukhtar Hashemi, Scientific Advisor, Ministry of Energy and National Water Resource
    Management Consultant, Iran
  • Mohamed El-Gomati, Professor, University of York and Deputy Chairman of the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation (FSTC), UK
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch (Kempi Restaurant)
14:30 – 15:30 Press Conference (closed session)
Moderated by Nadia Al Sakkaf, WANA Forum Spokesperson
15:30 – 17:00 Launch of Guiding Principles of WANA Signing Ceremony and Closing Remarks by El Hassan bin Talal

*All plenary sessions will convene in Al Reem Ballroom.














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