2015 Middle East Dialogue: Glorious Past, Uncertain Future
On February 26, 2015, at the Historic Whittemore House in Washington D.C., WVN’s Project Coordinator, Betsy Laikin, represented Women’s Voices Now at a one-day conference co-hosted by the Policy Studies Organization and Digest of Middle East Studies.
The conference, titled “2015 Middle East Dialogue: Glorious Past, Uncertain Future” coordinated a diverse range of speakers and topics, for the purpose of fostering rich interdisciplinary dialogue on pressing political, social, and religious issues within the region.
Sitting on the panel photographed above and titled, “ISLAMIC EXTREMISM: Causes Behind the Rise of Islamic Extremism and How to Address It,” were honored guests: Siwar Al-Assad-The United Nationals Democratic Alliance: Robert Worth - New York Times; Radwan Ziadeh - Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies; and moderated by Dr. Alon Ben-Meir - New York University.
[Pictured Above: Dr. Michal Allon and Betsy Laikin]
Betsy attended a number of presentations on a variety of topics, including: Dr. Michal Allon’s (Tel Aviv University) presentation on “Unholy Matrimony: Religion and Women’s Rights in the State of Israel”; and “How the WomanStats Database Advances Empirical Research that Reveals Disparities in Saudi Arabia and Yemen regarding the Security Status of Women and its Impact on Regional Security,” by Jason Anderson (American Military University).
Abir El Shaban (pictured above) of Washington State University gave an intriguing presentation on “The Role of Social Media in the Arab Spring: The Libyans Fall.”
Women’s Voices Now was honored to be invited by our partners at the Policy Studies Organization to participate in this dynamic and important conference.
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