The Conference Program 2021

All times noted are in British Summer Time (BST)

The opening and closing sessions are on the record. All other sessions are off the record.


Day 1 – Monday, July 12th

11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Opening session

(meeting will be open from 11:00 am to allow participants to join at their leisure)

Opening remarks on Pragmatic inclusivity – the need for a new ideology for peace

President Biden of the United States of America – his new approach to international affairs

Chair:

Opening remarks:

Key Speaker:

William Morris LL.D., Secretary General, The Next Century Foundation

Rev Larry Wright, Religious Affairs Advisor and Board Member, The Next Century Foundation

Daniel I. Gutierrez-Sandoval, Executive Director, The Policy Studies Organization, Washington


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Lebanon

(meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

The current situation in Lebanon and prospects for reform and stability

Chair:

The Earl of St Andrews

Key speaker:

Mr Jaafar al Ahmer, The Next Century Foundation; formerly with Al Hayat Newspaper


Day 2 – Tuesday, July 13th

11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Syria

(Meeting will be open from 11:00 am to allow participants to join at their leisure)

The Syrian crisis and prospects for peace and stability.

Key speakers:

Mr Siwar al Assad, the Chairman, the Aramea Foundation

Dr Sami Khiyami, former Syrian ambassador to the UK

Russian Speaker from Moscow, name to be confirmed


3:00 pm  – 5:00 pm: Yemen

(meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

Partition or Unity – What hope for peace in Yemen?

Key speaker:

Dr Abdul Galil Shaif, the Chairman of Friends of South Yemen


Day 3 – Wednesday, July 14th

11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Iraq

(meeting will be open from 11:00 am to allow participants to join at their leisure)

The current Iraqi situation and the credibility of the forthcoming general elections

Key speaker:

Mr. Mithal al-Alusi, member of the Baghdad Parliament and leader of Iraq’s Ummah Party


3:00 pm  – 5:00 pm: Afghanistan

(meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

The Afghan war and the country’s prospects for stability

Chair:

The Earl of St Andrews

Key speaker:

Prince Nadir Naim, Afghan politician and founder of the Kabul Institute for Peace


Day 4 – Thursday, July 15th

11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Palestine

(meeting will be open from 11:00 am to allow participants to join at their leisure)

The Middle East Peace Process: What does Palestine need?

Key speaker:

TBC


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Israel

(meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

The Middle East Peace Process: What is the maximum Israel can concede? What strategies are needed to bring peace back into the agenda?

Key speakers:

Akiva Eldar, freelance journalist and senior columnist at Al-Monitor and Haaretz

Mr. Barak Greenapple, Political and Economic Advisor at Office of the Quartet, Jerusalem



Day 5 – Friday, July 16th

There will be no meeting Friday morning out of respect for the conference’s Muslim participants

3:00 pm  – 5:00 pm: Bahrain

(meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

Bahrain’s current situation and prospects for national dialogue and reconciliation.

Key speaker:

Mr. Ali Alaswad, Senior member of Al Wefaq opposition group and former MP


Day 6 – Saturday, July 17th

There will be no meeting Saturday morning out of respect for the conference’s Jewish participants.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Iran

(meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

Iran and the international community: How will relations with Iran change? Should they still be under sanctions?

Chair:

The Earl of St Andrews

Key speaker:

Dr Mehrdad Khonsari, Senior Consultant at the Iranian Centre for Policy Studies


Day 7 – Sunday, July 18th

There will be no meeting Sunday morning out of respect for the conference’s Christian participants.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Cosmopolitanism

(meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

Does cosmopolitanism trump integrationalism and multiculturalism in an era of increasing parochialism in the international arena?

Key speakers:

Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law at NYU

William Morris LL.D., Secretary General of The Next Century Foundation (concluding remarks)