Debate Asks 'What Now For The Middle-East?'

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Debate Asks 'What Now For The Middle-East?'

Date posted: 1 April 2011

The turbulent state of politics in the Middle-East and the possible future for its states will be tackled by speakers in a public debate at the University of Derby.

The discussion panel on 'Democracy and Justice: The Case of the Middle-East' will be held at the University's Kedleston Road site in Derby, in its Heap Lecture Theatre, from 6pm-8pm on Monday 4 April. It is a free event for the public, and University staff and students.

It has been arranged to discuss issues raised by the current civil war in Libya involving United Nations' forces and the ongoing pro-democracy protests in countries such as Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen.

Speakers at the Derby event will include:

  • Dr Imad El-Anis, Lecturer in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University - specialising in Middle East and North African international relations, Islamic history and energy security
  • Dr Frank Faulkner - Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Global Politics at the University of Derby
  • Ali Batilmal - a postgraduate student (PhD) student from Libya at the University of Nottingham
  • Emhemmed Albeckay - a postgraduate student (PhD) from Libya at the University of Derby
  • Professor Rose Ayuru - independent scholar and consultant, specialising in sub-Saharan and North African gender studies, and former University of Derby lecturer.

The event has been organised by the University's Identity,Conflict and Representation Research Centre It will be chaired by Professor Robert Hudson and Dr Sam Kasule, respectively Director and Deputy Director of the Centre.

Professor Hudson said: "Middle-East politics is always volatile but even more so now. This event will be debating world events as they are happening, which should make for a lively discussion.

"Our aim is to shed some light on current events and see what the future may hold for these countries, with the help of a panel with personal or professional knowledge of the area."

To attend the free public event contact Professor Robert Hudson on or 01332 591485, or Dr Kasule on or 01332 591489.

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