The Carnegie Middle East Center held a special conference celebrating the center’s tenth anniversary at the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, on April 29, 2015. Former and current Carnegie-affiliated scholars and regional policymakers discussed and evaluated political transformations in the Middle East and North Africa and provided insights into the major challenges ahead.

Since its inception in 2005, the Carnegie Middle East Center has provided high quality, timely analysis of the major challenges facing the region, through papers, articles, and events. This unique conference assembled the Carnegie Middle East Center’s distinguished network to consider recent developments and share recommendations for the future of the region.

Agenda

9:00–9:40 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

  • Lina Khatib, director, Carnegie Middle East Center
     
  • Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
     
  • Paul Salem, vice president, Middle East Institute

9:40–11:00 a.m.
Ten Years of Transformation in the Middle East

  • Moderator: Yezid Sayigh, senior associate, Carnegie Middle East Center
     
  • Amr Hamzawy, former member of the People’s Assembly and professor of public policy at the American University of Cairo
     
  • Salam Kawakibi, deputy and research director, Arab Reform Initiative

11:00–11:15 a.m.
Break

11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
The Future of Policymaking

  • Moderator: Maha Yahya, senior associate, Carnegie Middle East Center
     
  • Jihad Azour, managing director of Inventis Partners and former minister of finance of Lebanon
     
  • Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

12:45–2:30 p.m.
Lunch

2:30–3:30 p.m.
The Divergent Legacy of the Arab Spring

  • Moderator: Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
     
  • Mohamed Kerrou, cofounder, L'Observatoire Tunisien de la Transition Démocratique
     
  • Amatalalim Alsoswa, managing director, Executive Bureau for the Acceleration of Aid Absorption and Support for Policy Reforms

3:30–3:45 p.m.
Break

3:45–4:45 p.m.
Security and Conflict in the Middle East

  • Moderator: Lina Khatib, director, Carnegie Middle East Center
     
  • Faleh Abdel Jabbar, director, Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies
     
  • Christian Koch, director, Gulf Research Center Foundation
     
  • Yezid Sayigh, senior associate, Carnegie Middle East Center

4:45–5:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks

  • Lina Khatib, director, Carnegie Middle East Center