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 and relations. The conference will have three sessions: The first session will focus on the ways in which dominant party politics affect internal and international dynamics within these two regional powers. The second session will evaluate the roles and responsibilities of Turkey and South Africa towards the MENA region. The last session will concentrate on new initiatives and opportunities for partnerships between Turkey and South Africa in Africa.
|09:00 – 09:30||Registration|
|09:30 – 09:45||Welcome, Introduction:
|09.45 – 11:00||Keynote Address|
|11:15 – 12.45||Session I: Opportunities and challenges of dominant party politics in Turkey and South Africa
|12.45 – 14.00||Lunch|
|14.00 – 15.30||Session II: Turkish and South African roles in the face of a turbulent MENA region
|15.30 – 15.45||Coffee Break|
|15.45 – 17.15||Session III: South Africa and Turkey: The potential for cooperation in Africa
|17:15 – 17:45||Closing Remarks|
The conference will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa.
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
AMEC's international conference scheduled for 27 to 29 August promises insightful discussion, vigorous debate and close interrogation of issues as around twenty foreign and South African speakers come together to deliberate on the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, possible futures for the region and the impact of all of this on the African continent.
Academics, politicians and analysts will deliberate and discuss critical issues facing the region and look towards scenarios that could unfold, examining the possibilities for the emergence of real democracy. There will also be discussion on whether the South African experience of transition might be useful for countries in the MENA region.
Preparations are in full-swing at the Afro-Middle East Centre for the conference to take place in Pretoria, South Africa's capital city.
Attendance to the conference is strictly by pre-registration. Those interested may register online or email conference at amec.org.za (replacing 'at' with @).
Speakers who have already confirmed their attendance include:
Ebrahim Ebrahim-Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperatation of South Africa;
Wadah Khanfar - former director general of the AlJazeera Network and now executive director of recently-launched Sharq Forum;
Larbi Sadiki - senior lecturer at Exeter University, author and columnist;
Juan Cole - professor of history at the University of Michigan and a prolific writer on issues concerning the Muslim world;
Najib Ghadbian - professor of political science and Middle East studies at the University of Arkansas and member of the Syrian National Council;
Ashur Shamis - Author, Islamist leader from Libya and advisor to the Libyan prime minister;
Mohsen Saleh - executive director of the Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations based in Beirut;
Yossi Shain - professor at Georgetown University and Tel Aviv University, specialising in international relations and comparative politics.
Phyllis Bennis - director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, author, analyst and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years;
professor of international relations and history at Boston University. He has written numerous articles, book reviews and translations and specialises in Middle Eastern politics, cultural history, Shiism and international law;
Garth le Pere – senior partner for Research and Development at DAJO Associates and professor of political science at the University of Pretoria;
John Daniel - academic coordinator for SIT Exchange. From 1997 to 1999 he was a senior researcher with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC);
Yahia Zoubir - professor of international relations and international management and director of research in geopolitics at Euromed Management, Marseille School of Management;
Francis Ikome - an African affairs analyst, Ikome works for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa;
Yasmin Sooka - executive director of the EU-funded Foundation for Human Rights in Johannesburg and former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
Dr Shamil Jeppie – associate professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town, and is currently based in its Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA). He is also Director of the 'Tombouctou Manuscript Project';
Dr Mzukizi Qobo - public speaker and political risk consultant;
Mariam Al-Khawaja - Bahraini human rights activist and current acting president of the Bahraini Centre for Human Rights;
Fawaz Tello - Syrian opposition member;
Dr Taha Ozhan - Director general of the Foundation for the Political, Economic, and Social Research (SETA).
Anwar Maaroufi - Ennahda Party, Tunisia
Essop Pahad - Editor of The Thinker. Former minister in the Presidency of South Africa.
Mohammad Marandi - Dr Seyed Mohammad Marandi is associate professor in the faculty of world studies at the University of Yehran and chairs the university's department of north American studies.
The conference will discuss the uprisings across the MENA region since the end of 2010, explore possible futures for the various countries in the region and examine the impact of the uprisings on the African continent.
Click here to view the conference programme.
Attendance at the conference will be strictly by pre-registration only. To register,click here or email conference at amec.org.za (replacing at with @).
Hamas’s Usamah Hamdan to be keynote speaker
After the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa region, Political Islam took centre stage in many respects, as numerous actors in the region claimed their Islam as the inspiration or basis of their political activity. This manifested during various elections, coups, and civil wars. Perhaps the most recent of these has been the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, which seeks to undo the post-Ottoman Sykes-Picot architecture of the MENA region.
These developments over the past four years have resulted in the MENA region, and the Muslim world more generally, experiencing a profound conceptual rethinking, including a re-evaluation of notions of global ethics, citizenship and democracy, capitalism and economic development, imperialism, and liberation.
The Afro-Middle East Centre invites you to an international conference entitled 'In whose interests? Exploring Middle East involvement in Africa'.
AMEC’s international conference scheduled for 5 to 6 November 2013 promises a close interrogation of the nature and extent of Middle Eastern states' penetration into Africa. Around twenty Middle East and African speakers and scholars will come together to deliberate on various issues such as aid to Africa, the role of the African Union, educational links, and desire for African resources in the interaction between the two regions.
In whose interests? Exploring Middle East involvement in Africa
5 – 6 November 2013