The Conference Program

All times noted are in British Summer Time (BST). Invitations are not transferable – unregistered participants will be removed and not readmitted. All sessions are off the record with the exception of those on UK and USA, China, Iraq and Israel. Some sessions may include break out rooms – these will not be optional – if you do not participate you may be removed by the conference administrator for reasons of security. To register for this conference email NCFMEPP@AOL.COM with you name, country of residence, and if appropriate the name of the organisation or country you represent. You will need to indicate precisely which sessions you wish to attend and you will be sent a link for those sessions on the prior day (CHECK YOUR SPAM BOX). Most sessions will be on Zoom. Some sessions (e.g. the China session) will be on GoToMeeting. Passwords will be required to join the meetings. We recommend that you join BEFORE THE START OF THE MEETING IN CASE YOU HAVE DIFFICULTIES CONNECTING. 

 

Day 1 – Thursday, July 30th

11:20 am – 11:30 am: OPENING STATEMENT (meeting will be open from 10:45 am to allow participants to join at their leisure)

THE NCF SUMMER CONFERENCE: The Healing of the Nations

The opening speaker is The Reverend Larry Wright, Convenor of the Religious Affairs Advisory Council and Board Member of the Next Century Foundation.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm: UK and USA

USA / UK: Do Black Lives Matter? Working towards an inclusive society

This session is on the record and the principle speakers are Mr Paul Gutteridge, National Director, Initiatives of Change United Kingdom and The Reverend Larry Wright, Board Member of the Next Century Foundation.

 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Lebanon (meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

LEBANON: The current situation and prospects for peace and stability.

This session is off the record and the principle speaker is Mr. Jaafar El-Ahmar, Head Next Century Foundation, United Kingdom.


Day 2 – Friday, July 31st

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

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Palestine (meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

PALESTINE: The Middle East Peace Process

This session is off the record and the opening speaker is Dr. Imad Karam Executive Director, Initiatives of Change International.


Day 3 – Saturday, August 1st

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

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Libya (meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

LIBYA: The current situation and the country’s relationship with the international community.

This session is off the record and the principle speaker is subject to confirmation.


Day 4 – Sunday, August 2nd

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

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: China (meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

CHINA: The regional problems of the world’s newest (and oldest) mega power: The Uighurs and Khazaks, Tibet and Hong Kong.

This session is on the record and to be treated as a chaired working group meeting with no principal speaker.


Day 5 – Monday, August 3rd

11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Afghanistan (meeting will be open from 11 am to allow participants to join at their leisure)

AFGHANISTAN: The current situation and the country’s prospects for stability.

This session is off the record and the principal speaker is HRH Prince Nadir Naim of Afghanistan.

 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Iran (meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

IRAN: Will relations change with Iran?  Should they still be under sanctions?

This session is off the record in every respect including the name of the principal speaker.


Day 6 – Tuesday, August 4th

11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Iraq (meeting will be open from 11 am to allow participants to join at their leisure)

IRAQ: The current situation and the country’s relationship with the international community.

This session is on the record and the principal speaker is the writer Mr Hamid Alkifaey.

 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Syria (meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

SYRIA: The current situation and the country’s prospects for peace and stability.

This session is off the record and the principal speaker is Dr. Dawn Chatty, Emerita Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration and Former Director of The Refugee Studies Center.


Day 7 – Wednesday, August 5th

11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Kashmir (meeting will be open from 11 am to allow participants to join at their leisure)

KASHMIR: The current situation and the area’s prospects for stability

This session is convened in cooperation with the Association of British Muslims. It is off the record and the principal speaker is Michael Macy, formerly with the US State Department, currently Board Member of The Next Century Foundation.

 

3:00 pm  – 5:00 pm: Yemen (meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

YEMEN: The current situation and the prospects of peace in the Yemeni conflict

This session is off the record and the principal speaker is Ms. Catherine Shakdam, Head, The Next Century Foundation’s Yemen Unit.


Day 8 – Thursday, August 6th

11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Israel (meeting will be open from 11 am to allow participants to join at their leisure)

ISRAEL: The relationship between Israel and the wider Middle East, and its potential relationship with the more controversial of the key powers: Iran and Turkey (participants please note – discussion on the Israel / Palestine peace process will take place during the Palestine session on day two of the conference – this session is to address Israel’s broad geopolitical role)

This session is on the record and the principle speaker is Mr Dan Meridor, President of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, formerly at various times having served as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Justice and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy.

 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Sudan (meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

SUDAN: The current situation and prospects for peace and stability in both Sudan and South Sudan.

This session is off the record and the principle speaker is Mr. Alastair King-Smith, Trustee, The Next Century Foundation.


Day 9 – Friday, August 7th

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: The current situation and the country’s relationship with the international community.

This session is off the record and to be treated as a chaired working group meeting with no principal speaker.


Day 10 – Saturday, August 8th

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

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm : Conclusion and Reflections (meeting will be open from 2:30 pm to allow participants to join at their leisure)

A discussion of ways forward and points for action.

Open to senior NCF members and all those who have participated in five or more conference sessions.

 The principal speaker is William Morris LL.D., Secretary General of The Next Century Foundation.