First International Conference on Peace and Security in the Middle East
Muscat, October 16-17, 2017
The DIRPOLIS Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and the Department of Political Science at Sultan Qaboos University (Sultanate of Oman) will hold their first joint international conference on "Peace and Security in the Middle East".
The conference will focus on the interrelated root causes of insecurity as well as on the ways to solve existing problems and anticipate possible future threats. Although the issue of security in the Middle East is connected to global security, the conference will attempt to point out and discuss various underdeveloped security and peace themes peculiar to the region.
The event will be held in a Sultanate, Oman, which has constructively challenged the realist paradigm by proving that in a world of turmoil there is always room for cooperation and peace. As security is characteristically bound by conflict resolution, theorizing security should by definition pass through politics at work; and in our case the Sultanate of Oman teaches us that the alleged failure to maintain a more secure world is reduced by wise diplomacy and political common-sense.
The Conference will be organized around 8 main topics:
- Cyber security in the ME
- Petropolitics and economic security
- Legal and Political Perspectives on ME Security
- Conflict resolution and non-state actors in the ME
- Theory of Security and Peace
- Migration flows in and across the ME
- Arms dynamics in the ME: trade, transfers and illicit flows
- Cultural diplomacy in the ME
The final programme with the name of each panel will be made available once the selection process will be concluded.
The organizers are keen on adopting a multidisciplinary approach, which is key to enabling the cross-disciplinary interaction necessary to disentangle the many complex issues addressed in the contemporary security debate. Therefore, the conference is not only open to experts in International Relations, but also to academics interested in germane areas of study (political philosophy, legal studies, etc.).
A call for papers has been issued and is available here. Deadline for submitting paper abstracts is 2 May 2017.
The Organizers will offer airfare and accommodation to selected paper-givers.
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