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Lecture by Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po, on “Future of Higher Education in the 21st Century: Global Mindset, Student Mobility, and the Importance of Social Sciences”
6th December 2019

2018 Conference on Europe and the Middle East & North Africa: Building Bridges, Mapping the Future

Our 2018 conference on Europe and the MENA region comes at a time when both regions are encountering major turmoil. This conference enables us to discuss prospects for the ten upcoming years with major researchers, actors and leaders in various fields including intercultural exchange, history, social sciences, education, commonalities of interests and public policy.

Conference Program


DAY 1: LAUNCH OF CONFERENCE: OCTOBER 3rd, Amphitheater Chapsal, Sciences Po


KEYNOTE SESSION 5:00 pm -7:00 pm
Opening remarks:
Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po
Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS)
Vanessa Scherrer, Vice President for International Affairs, Sciences Po


KEYNOTE SPEECH: Is the “Europe-MENA” strategic bond a myth?
Ghassan Salamé, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Sciences Po, Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya – Watch video


DAY 2: OCTOBER 4th, Salon Cristal, Hotel Lutetia


Registration – 8:00 am – 8:30 am
PANEL 1 (8:30 am – 10:00 am) – Public opinion dynamics: Analyzing the relationship between Europe and the MENA from a comparative perspective
Lindsay Benstead, 2018-2019 Resident Scholar in the Middle East Program at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Associate Professor of Political Science, Portland State University, former Kuwait Program Visiting Professor
Enrico Letta, Dean of PSIA, Former Prime Minister of Italy
Henri Wallard, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Head of Global Public Affairs, IPSOS Group
Jean-Pierre Filiu, Professor, Sciences Po, faculty of PSIA


PANEL 2 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm) – Assessing our common security challenges between the MENA and Europe
Hazem Kandil, Reader in Political Sociology at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of St Catharine’s College, former Sciences Po Kuwait Program Visiting Professor
Bassma Kodmani, Executive Director of the Arab Reform Initiative, former spokesperson of the Syrian National Council
Stéphane Lacroix, Associate Professor, Sciences Po, faculty of PSIA
Robert Springborg, Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, former Sciences Po Kuwait Program Visiting Professor
Mark MaloneyVice Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Sciences Po


PANEL 3 (2:45 pm – 4:45 pm) – Diplomacy: Exploring commonalities of interests between the MENA and Europe
H.E. Lakhdar Brahimi, Member of the Elders, former Under Secretary General of the UN; former Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, Chair of PSIA Strategic Committee
H.E. Miguel Angel Moratinos, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain; former European Union Special Representative for the Middle East; faculty of PSIA
H.E. Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, former Deputy Prime Minister; former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kuwait
Christine OckrentJournalist, France Culture


DAY 3: OCTOBER 5th, Salon Cristal, Hotel Lutetia


PANEL 4 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm) – Joining forces: Education, arts and public policy
Irina Bokova, former Director-General, UNESCO; Member of PSIA Strategic Committee
Dina El-Khawaga, Director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, American University of Beirut
Andreas Schaal, Director, Global Relations, OECD
Eckart Woertz, Senior Research Fellow, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), former Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po; former Sciences Po Kuwait Visiting Professor


Video summary of the conference

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