Join us in Beirut!
* June 21-23, 2019
* @ Crowne Plaza Hamra
* Request a registration form via firstname.lastname@example.org
Overview: Friday, June 21, from 7pm-10pm we will open with a reception for participants and selected guests – including previous Exchange speakers – at Mezyan Restaurant in Hamra. Our full day conference starts the next morning at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Saturday, June 22 at 9am and will include sessions led by prominent alumni, politicians and experts on politics and human rights in the Middle East & North Africa. On Sunday, June 23, we will embark on buses at 10am for a lunch in Moukhtara and a tour of the Chouf region, returning to Crowne Plaza by 5pm.
|9:00am||Welcome & Remarks on The Exchange: Yamen Soukkarieh & Nicholas Noe, The Beirut Exchange|
|9:30||Maghreb Movements For Justice|
|Opening Speech: Sihem Ben Sidrine, President of The Tunisian Truth & Dignity Commission|
|Safa Belghith, University of Tunis El Manar|
|Walid Naame, Control Risks|
|Monica Marks, Harvard University|
|11:00||The Future of Hezbollah In Lebanon & The Middle East|
|May Akl, Free Patriotic Movement|
|Walid Sharara, Political Analyst|
|Makram Rabah, American University of Beirut|
|Mustafa Allouch, Former MP, Future Movement|
|Michael Young, Carnegie Middle East Center|
|Bashir Saade, University of Stirling|
|13:00||Can Lebanon Reform Itself?|
|Maya Sukar, Lebanese Forces|
|Gilbert Doumit, Beyond Reform & Development|
|Ayman Mhanna, Samir Kassir Foundation|
|Omar Nashabe, Lebanese University|
|15:30||Speech & Discussion on Libya: Omeyya Seddik, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue|
|16:30||Ending The War In Syria|
|Vera Yammine, Marada|
|Bassel Kaghadou, ProPax|
|Rabie Nasr, Syrian Center for Policy Research|
|Sam Heller, International Crisis Group|
|Nir Rosen, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue|
|Cengiz Candar, Swedish Institute for International Affairs|
|18:30||Closing Speech & Discussion on Yemen: Farea Muslimi, Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies|
Conference Note: Although we have not organized an Exchange in or around Palestine/Israel – and therefore have not convened a specific panel – we expect that several of the discussions during the day will address the forthcoming American “peace plan” as well as the broader question of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Conference Format: As with all of The Exchanges, discussions will be held confidentially, without public reporting, comment or media interaction. We will accordingly also ask all participants to strictly observe the same practices.
Alumni are invited to request a registration form via email@example.com. The conference fee covering the Friday reception, Saturday’s conference and Sunday’s lunch/tour is $299.
Non-Alumni are invited to request a short application form via firstname.lastname@example.org. The conference fee covering the Friday cocktail event, Saturday’s proceedings and Sunday’s lunch and tour is $399.
Students & Unaffiliated Individuals (including alumni that also fall within these two categories) are invited to request a registration form via email@example.com. The conference fee covering the Friday cocktail event, Saturday’s proceedings and Sunday’s lunch and tour is $150.
About The Exchange:
The Exchange is an effort to promote professional and academic enrichment through a variety of small group, direct engagement conferences in the Middle East and North Africa.
During their stay, typically lasting five days to one week, participants from around the world listen to and question leading intellectuals, activists and politicians representing an array of different points of view in a specific country.
The first Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, more than a decade on, 750 people from 51 different countries have attended 35 different Exchanges in the region.
Crucially, all of our programs are funded on the basis of fees paid by the participants themselves: There is no government, private or non-profit support, an aspect that we believe provides a relatively neutral platform for dialogue and understanding.