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Programme of 2020

Opening Speech

12:00 (09:00 GMT)

Public Session 1:

Infodemic: How the International Media Impacted the Pandemic

The two largest economies in the world, the US and China, seem to be on a collision course that has been accelerated by the Covid-19 crisis. Since President Trump came to office, the two superpowers have upped the ante in their economic confrontation.

13:00 – 14:30 (10:00 – 11:30 GMT)

Expert Roundtable 1:

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Israel’s Engagement with Arab States

In August, US President Donald Trump announced an agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel to fully normalise relations in exchange for Israel’s suspension of plans to annex the occupied West Bank. This “normalisation deal” expanded to include Bahrain, with many expecting other Arab and Muslim-majority countries to eventually follow suit.

13:00 – 14:30 (10:00 – 11:30 GMT)

Reflections:

The Power of Music in the Days of Pandemic

14:30 (11:30 GMT)

Public Session 2:

Multipolarity in the Age of Covid-19: The Future of Global Solidarity

As the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world, much of the world went into retreat and resorted to isolationism. Nationalism, already on the rise in much of the world, was amplified and mechanisms of regional and international solidarity and cooperation appeared unable to deal with the crisis.

16:30 - 18:00 (13:30 – 15:00 GMT)

Expert Roundtable 2:

War and Peace: The Fate of the Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict

The recent military clashes in the occupied region of Nagorno-Karabakh have increased regional tensions and raised the possibility of a full-scale war. The ceasefire agreement signed almost three decades ago and the mediation process led by the OSCE Minsk Group has failed to deliver sustainable peace.

16:30 - 18:00 (13:30 – 15:00 GMT)

Reflections:

The Future of Film Industry in a Post-Pandemic World

18:00 (15:00 GMT)

Public Session 3:

What’s Next?: Understanding Health Threats in Times of Hyper-Globalisation

The global pandemic has made the world acutely aware of the strengths and weaknesses of public health care systems around the world. Some governments have been better prepared than others, quicker to respond, have taken the threat more seriously, and have also helped less well-prepared states.

18:30 - 20:00 (15:30 – 17:00 GMT)

Expert Roundtable 3:

War and Disease: Living with Covid-19 in Syria and Yemen

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the fragilities of health care systems across the world. This has particularly been the case in a number of wealthy Western countries including France, Italy Spain, and the United States, one of the hardest hit countries in the world.

18:30 - 20:00 (15:30 – 17:00 GMT)

Virtual Concert

20:00 (17:00 GMT)

Public Session 4:

America vs China: Trade Wars, Covid-19 and Future Economic Relations

This session will examine the role of the international media in the unprecedented context of the 2020 novel coronavirus pandemic. As countries rushed to implement protective measures against the spread of the virus, it quickly became clear that Covid-19 had become a part of everyday life all around the world.

20:30 – 22:00 (17:30 – 19:00 GMT)

Expert Roundtable 4:

The Disillusion of the American Dream: Covid-19 and the Politics of Healthcare

In war-ravaged Syria, already grappling with an economy in tatters, persistent instability and a conflict that, as of yet, has shown no signs at moving towards a viable solution, the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed what remains of the country’s healthcare infrastructure to the brink.

20:30 – 22:00 (17:30 – 19:00 GMT)

Opening Speech

11:00 (08:00 GMT)

Public Session 2:

A World without Travel: The Impact of Pandemic-Related Technological Adaptations on the Future of Industry

For years, we have heard about the need to fly less as part of the effort to lessen our environmental impact. Today, we are imagining a world where significantly reduced travel may come to be a permanent fixture. Airlines forced to cease operations as Covid-19 spread across the world have been slow to resume their pre-pandemic schedule, deeply impacting many sectors and forcing industries to adapt.

13:00 – 14:30 (10:00 – 11:30 GMT)

Expert Roundtable 1:

Energy and Security in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Libyan Conflict

The Eastern Mediterranean’s hydrocarbon reserves could transform the region into one of the world’s most important sources of natural gas over the coming decades. These vast deposits of natural gas have the potential in see billions of dollars deposited into the treasuries of regional states. As a result, tensions are rising in the Eastern Mediterranean and the potential for conflict has increased as new alliances and partnerships are forged

13:00 – 14:30 (10:00 – 11:30 GMT)

Piano Recital

14:30 (11:30 GMT)

Public Session 3:

COVID-19: An Impasse or an Opportunity for a Sustainable Global Order?

The world economy is facing its second profound crises in less than two decades. Typically, seismic events such as the 2008 financial crisis or the Covid-19 pandemic have a transformative effect on political institutions, leading to a paradigm shift in policymaking.

15:00 – 16:30 (12:00 – 13:30 GMT)

Expert Roundtable 2:

Great Power Competition in the Balkans

The world is once again entering into a strategic environment defined by multipolarity. China and Russia’s rise as global actors and the growing rift between the United States and Europe indicate that the future of international politics will be marked, once again, by competition between great powers.

15:00 – 16:30 (12:00 – 13:30 GMT)

Reflections:

The Changing Face of The Publishing Industry During Covid-19

16:30 (13:30 GMT)

Public Session 4:

Politics and Pandemics: Humanitarian Aid in the Time of Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic remains a public health threat in countries around the world, those living in conflict zones and politically unstable environments from Syria and Yemen to Gaza and Lebanon, continue to be among the most vulnerable.

17:00 - 18:30 (14:00 – 15:30 GMT)

Expert Roundtable 3:

The Future of the Arab World: 10 years after the Arab Spring

As the Middle East approaches 10 years since the uprisings that marked the start of the Arab Spring, the tumultuous decade has left many unanswered questions as to the future of Arab states and societies.

19:00 – 20:30 (16:00 – 17:30 GMT)

Public Session 5:

The Future of Work and Education: Preparing for a Post-Pandemic World

This session will examine the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives of people around the world, with a focus on work and education. The Covid-19 pandemic has been labelled as the defining global health challenge of our times, but it is more than that: it is also an unprecedented social and economic crisis, the likes of which the world has not witnessed since the Second World War.

19:15 – 20:45 (16:15 – 17:45 GMT)

Reflections:

Pandemic Effect on Art Industry

20:30 (17:30 GMT)

Expert Roundtable 4:

Turkish Foreign Policy: Tradition, Geopolitics and Ideology in a Changing World Order

The international system is in the process of a profound transformation as the US-led world order continues to be challenged by emerging powers. The unipolar moment captured by the US after the Cold War has been steadily eroding as the distribution of power across the globe has started tilting in favour of multipolarity.

21:00 – 22:30 (18:00 – 19:30 GMT)
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