KFAS-Sciences Po Conference

Sciences Po and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences present:

Whither the Arab World?
Revisiting Democratic Transition Theory

5th-7th November 2014
Sciences Po, Paris

An international conference organized by the Kuwait Program at Sciences Po

Chaired by Professor Ghassan Salamé, Sciences Po, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA)



Open to the public. Registration before midday on Wednesday 5th November:
- Sciences Po students: please register via the online form
- External guests: please register to program.kuwait@sciencespo.fr
You may register for as many individual sessions as you like.


Conference Program

Wednesday 5th November 2014
Democracy without Democrats?
Sciences Po, 27 rue Saint Guillaume, Amphitheatre Leroy-Beaulieu-Sorel

Opening round table, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Chaired by Ghassan Salamé, Sciences Po

Panelists will include:
Philippe Fargues, European University Institute
Jean Leca, Sciences Po
Giacomo Luciani, Sciences Po
Olivier Roy, European University Institute


Thursday 6th November 2014
Political Economy of Democratic Transitions
Maison de l'Amérique Latine, 217 Boulevard Saint Germain 

Welcome, 9:00am - 9:15am

Ghassan Salamé, Sciences Po
Giacomo Luciani, Sciences Po 

Opening, 9:15am - 10:30am

Manaf Alhajeri, Kuwait Economic Society
Samir Makdisi, American University of Beirut

Session 1: Fiscal Issues, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Panelists will include:
Robert Springborg, Sciences Po (chair)
Laura El-Katiri
, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Steffen Hertog, London School of Economics
Adeel Malik, University of Oxford

Session 2: Finance and Power, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Panelists will include:
Ishac Diwan, Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL)
Bassem Snaije, Cosmos Advisors

Session 3: Entrepreneurs and Growth, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Panelists will include:
Giacomo LucianiSciences Po (chair)
Alissa Amico, OECD
Jane Kinninmont, Chatham House
Robert Springborg, Sciences Po
Eckart Woertz, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)

Session 4: Labor Issues, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Panelists will include:
Steffen Hertog, Sciences Po (chair)
Philippe Fargues, European University Institute
Laurence Louer, Sciences Po


Friday 7th November 2014
Political Engineering of Democratic Transitions
Maison de l'Amérique Latine, 217 Boulevard Saint Germain

Welcome, 9:00am - 9:15am

Ghassan Salamé, Sciences Po
Jean-Pierre Filiu, Sciences Po
Stéphane Lacroix, Sciences Po 

Opening, 9:15am - 10:15am

Lisa Anderson, American University of Cairo

Session 1: Constitutional debates: inclusion or polarization?, 10:15am - 11:45am

Panelists will include:
Abdulaziz Al-Fahad, Abdulaziz H. Fahad Law Office (chair)
Zaid Al-Ali
, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
Nathan Brown, George Washington University
Al Stepan, Columbia University

Session 2: Rebuilding the political landscape: parties, public opinion and electoral dynamics, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Panelists will include:
Tarek Mitri, American University of Beirut (chair)
Eva Bellin, Brandeis University
Marc Lynch, George Washington University
Tarek Masoud, Harvard University

Session 3: Security providers or military spoilers?, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Panelists will include:
Bahgat Korany, American University of Cairo (chair)
Omar Ashour, University of Exeter
Steve Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
Hazem Kandil, University of Cambridge

Session 4: Transitional Justice: expectations and obstacles, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Panelists will include:
Bassma Kodmani, Arab Reform Initiative (chair)
Kora Andrieu, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Tunisia
Nathalie Bernard-Maugiron, Institute of Research for Development (IRD)
Frédéric Vairel, University of Ottawa

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