Let's Talk About Sects: the Reemergence of Sectarianism in the Middle East and What it Means for Europe
DATE: 02 MARCH, 2017
LOCATION: HELSINKI - HOTEL KÄMP (POHJOISESPLANADI 29)
Sectarian propaganda and its reflective violence has unleashed a tidal wave of challenges to the Middle East and, by extension, those areas - including Europe, including Finland - that are proximate.
This seminar addressed this key ideological threat to peace and stability in the region, while reflecting on solutions to contain it. It addressed the role of sectarianism not as an enduring, historical ideology in the Middle East but as a political tool in some states' foreign policies, that is fracturing the state-system in the Arab world while justifying the worst human rights violations and fuelling conflict within the Islamic communities of Europe.
Con Coughlin, The Daily Telegraph Defence Editor and Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist
Iranian Ambitions in and Throughout the Middle East
Piercamillo Falasca, Editor of Strade Magazine
The Rise of Islamic Sectarianism in Europe
Mitchell Belfer, President of the Euro-Gulf Information Centre
Some Solutions to Sectarianism: The Arab Gulf Model
Khalifa Alfadhel, Assistant Professor, International Law, University of Bahrain
From Tahrir to Manama: Sectarianism and Intolerance as a Result of the Arab Spring