Seminar on Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention

  • Seminar on Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention

    Seminar on Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention Photo: Samah Sukkar

  • Seminar on Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention

    Seminar on Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention Photo: Samah Sukkar

  • Seminar on Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention

    Seminar on Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention Photo: Samah Sukkar

  • Seminar on Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention

    Seminar on Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention Photo: Samah Sukkar

  • Seminar on Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention

    Seminar on Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention Photo: Samah Sukkar

The Middle East and North Africa Region is facing insecurity, instability and unrest in several ways and with growing complexity. The previous regional mechanisms to politically manage conflicts and misperceptions have had difficulties meeting and addressing challenges to peace and security in the region, in particular after 2003.

Swedish Institute Alexandria (SwedAlex) together with the Institute for Islamic Strategic Affairs (IISA) organized a three days conference 2-4 April 2017, which brought together experts and policymakers of different religious, cultural, national and gender background in the MENA Region to dialogue on the need for an improved mechanism to prevent violent conflicts in the Region.

H.E Amb. Amre Moussa, former General Secretary of the League of Arab States, sparked the dialogue as a keynote speaker by stating that status quo is no longer possible. Professor Kjell-Åke Nordquist, Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, contributed as another keynote speaker by sharing some positive experience in particular from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The conference which was concluded yesterday 4 April with the participation of 15 researchers from Arab and European countries pointed out that the most important mechanisms to confront conflicts in the Middle East must be based on respect for international law, noting in this regard the situation in Syria, Iraq and the Palestinian issue and recommended activating the role of regional and international institutions in finding ways and establishing dialogue to confront conflicts.

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