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Politics of Recognition and Denial: Minorities in the MENA Region

Paris, 22 May – The Arab Reform Initiative and EuroMesco will be holding a public panel event to present the results of an international working group led by Salam Kawakibi, ARI Associate Researcher and Director of Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies - Paris.

The event will focus on the origins and development of the idea of “minority” in the Middle East and North Africa. It will present three case studies: Amazighs in Morocco, Christians in Syria, and Black people in Tunisia.

It will feature Paolo Maggiolini (ISPI, Italy), Georges Fahmi (EUI, Egypt), Said Bennis (CRESS, Morocco), Maha Abdelhamid (ARI, Tunisia), and Lurdes Vidal (IEMed, Spain).

This project is supported by European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the European Union.


Due to limited space, PRIOR REGISTRATION is required for those wishing to attend.


Programme Agenda

Venue: EUISS, 100 Avenue de Suffren, Paris

9:30 – 9:45     Welcome Remarks by  
                        Florence Gaub, Deputy Director, EUISS – European Union Institute for 
                        Security Studies  
                        Salam Kawakibi, Associate Researcher, ARI – Arab Reform Initiative; 
                        Director, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies – Paris  
9:45 – 10:00    The Origin and Development of "Minority": A Multi-Level Analysis 
                         Paolo Maggiolini, Associate Research Fellow, ISPI – Italian Institute for 
                         International Political Studies 
10:00 – 10:15   Political Attitudes of Syrian Christians After 2011 
                         Georges Fahmi, Research Fellow, EUI – European University Institute 
10:15 – 10:30   Coffee break 
10:30 – 10:45   Perspectives et questionnements sur la gestion de la diversité dans la
                         région MENA 
                         Said Bennis, Professor, CERSS - Centre d'études et de recherches en 
                         sciences sociales 
10:45 – 11:00   Le tâtonnement du mouvement noir en Tunisie 
                         Maha Abdelhamid, Associate Researcher, ARI – Arab Reform 
11:00 – 11:15   Comments by 
                          Lurdes Vidal, Director of the Arab and Mediterranean World 
                          Department, IEMed – European Institute of the Mediterranean 
11:15 – 12:15    Q&A