Day 1: 15 April 2017


09:15 - 09:30:

Opening by Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani, Chairman of the Board of Al Jazeera Media Network

Welcome Speech by Salah Eddin Elzein, Director of Al Jazeera Centre for Studies


09:30 – 10:00: 1st Keynote Speech: HE Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for the Council of Ministers’ Affairs in Qatar


10:30 - 12:00: 1st Plenary Session: The Arab State: Historical context and aspects of current crises


Riyad Hijab, Former Prime Minister of Syria and General Coordinator of the Opposition Higher Negotiations Committee

Sadiq Al-Mahdi, Former Prime Minister of Sudan and Head of the National Umma Party

Youssef Choueiri, Professor of History at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Haitham Alnahi, Researcher and Director General of the Arab Organization of Translation

Mohamed Jabroun, Professor of History and Researcher at the Regional Centre for Education in Tangier, Morocco


12:00 - 12:30: Coffee break


12:30 - 14:00:   2nd Plenary Session: Does the Arab Spring still represent a prospect for reform domestically and regionally?


Abou Yaareb Marzouki, Professor of Philosophy and Former Adviser to the Prime Minister of Tunisia

Sadqa Fadel, Member of the Saudi Shura Council and Former Head of the Department of Political science at King Abdulaziz University

J.J. Messner, Executive Director of the Fund for Peace

Adel Al Shargabi, Professor of Sociology at Sana’a University

Mohamed El Koukhi, Researcher specialized in Development Economics


14:00 - 15:30: Lunch break


15:30 - 17:00:   3rd Plenary Session: Powers and projects in the Middle East: Is conflict inevitable?


Fahmy Howeidy, Journalist and Former Deputy Chief-Editor of Al-Ahram

Khalid Al-Dakhil, Former Professor of Political Sociology at King Saud University

Louisa Driss Ait Hamadouche, Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the University of Algiers

Dirdeiry Mohammed Ahmed, Professor of Law at the University of Khartoum

Galip Dalay, Research Director at Al Sharq Forum


17:00 - 17:30:   Book signing: African Borders and Secession in International Law by Dirdeiry Mohammed Ahmed


17:30 - 19:00: The youth and the crisis of the Arab state (organized by Al Jazeera Net)


Khalil al-Anani, Associate Professor of Political Science at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Mohamed El-Moctar Shinqiti, Associate Professor of Political Ethics at Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Mu’taz Alkhatib, Assistant Professor of Methodology and Ethics at Hamad Bin Khalifa University


20:00 - 22:00: Gala Dinner/Speech by Craig Murray, Historian and Former British Ambassador


Day 2: 16 April 2017


10:00 - 12:00:   4th Plenary Session: Human rights in political transition (organized by Al Jazeera Centre for Human Rights and Public Liberties)


Refik Hodzic, Director of Communications at the International Center for Transitional Justice

Ahmed Benchemsi, Advocacy and Communications Director for the Human Rights Watch’s MENA Division

Abdulwahad Badrakhan, Journalist and Political Analyst

Mohamed Jamil Ould Mansour, Chairman of the National Rally for Reform and Development in Mauritania

Ghanim Al-Najjar, Professor of Political Science at Kuwait University


12:00 - 12:30:   Coffee break


12:30 - 14:00:   5th Plenary Session: 100 years after the Balfour Declaration: What does the existence of Israel mean for the region?


Burhan Ghalioun, Director of the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Sorbonne University

Basheer Nafi, Professor of Middle East History and Senior Researcher at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies

Amani Senwar, Researcher in Human Rights and International Relations

Ali Kazak, Former Palestinian Ambassador and Founder of the Australia-Arab Affairs Council

Abbas Khamayar, Iranian Diplomat and the Chairman of the Palestine Committee in the Culture and Islamic Relations Organisation


14:00 - 15:30:   Lunch break


15:30 - 17:00:   6th Plenary session: Where is the Middle East headed?


Vitaly Naumkin, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies and a Political Adviser to the UN envoy to Syria

Hassan Nafaa, Professor of Political Science and Former Head of the Department of Political Science at Cairo University

Adnan Hayajneh, Professor of Political Science at Qatar University

Zahra Babar, Associate Director for Research at the Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University in Qatar

Ilyas El-Omari, General Secretary of the Authenticity and Modernity Party in Morocco

Tarik Yousef, Director of the Brookings Doha Center


17:00 - 17:30:   Closing remarks by Salah Eddin Elzein, Director of Al Jazeera Centre for Studies and Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of the 11th Al Jazeera Forum