Iraqi Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding Across Local, National and Global Contexts

The Middle East Studies Forum hosts a webinar on
‘Iraqi Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding Across Local, National and Global Contexts’ presented by Dr. Yasmin Chilmeran (The Swedish Institute of International Affairs)

When: 28 October 2021, 8:00am (CEST)
Where:
Zoom
Register:
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Abstract
In recent decades, and especially since the adoption of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, there is an increasing emphasis on women’s roles in peacebuilding and security processes. In Iraq, this has taken many forms since the US-led invasion in 2003. In this seminar, I will share early analysis of case studies of peacebuilding programmes from a larger post-doc project, which explores women’s participation in peacebuilding across different security and spatial contexts in Iraq.

This seminar will also delve into theoretical frameworks that highlight space, violence and hierarchy as a way to understand these programmes and women’s roles within them. This seminar also presents an opportunity to discuss developing post-PhD research projects and how to build on the momentum and findings we develop within our doctoral projects as Early Career Researcher.

Speaker:
Dr. Yasmin Chilmeran – a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs’ Middle East and North Africa Programme, and a research affiliate at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs.

Moderator:
Dr. Hadeel Abdelhameed – a research fellow at The German institute Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation Office Syria and Iraq (KAS), and the Iraqi-theatre principle investigator and archivist at the Australian Online Theatre and Drama Database AusStage.

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CMES Public Seminar: Trendspotting “Breakthroughs” in the Middle East

Lund University organises annually a “Future Week” and this year’s theme is “Breakthroughs” in all conceivable forms. Centre for Middle Eastern Studies is participating with a panel of Middle East scholars who will present five trendspotting on a broad range of topics from climate change, migration, human rights, protracted conflict, democratization to peace and regional security.

Guest Seminar at University of Gothenburg: Benjamin Schuetze

The Centre for European Research  and The Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg will co-host a guest seminar with Dr. Benjamin Schuetze.

Benjamin will present his book – Promoting Democracy, Reinforcing Authoritarianism – discussing how US and EU democracy promotion reinforces authoritarianism rather than promotes democracy in Jordan (see full description below).

Benjamin’s research interest lies in authoritarian practices and the politics of intervention. Exploring the often-contradictory effects of external interventions in the Middle East and North Africa, his work is at the intersection of international relations, Middle Eastern politics, critical security studies, and transregional studies.

Date: 14/9, 9.15-10.45 CEST
Place: Zoom
Registration: University of Gothenburg website

SWEMENA Seminar: Introduction to the SIPRI Arms Transfers Database – Trends in the MENA region.

SIPRI conducts research on arms transfers to or from particular regions, states or non-state actors aimed at both increasing the fundamental understanding of the impact of arms transfers and to support policymaking and policy implementation. An important aim of SIPRI’s research is to contribute to greater transparency as a means of ensuring responsible international arms transfers, thereby helping to prevent violent conflict and warn about potentially destabilizing arms accumulations The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database is a core element of this work. Freely accessible online, it aims to provide valid, reliable and consistent data about the volume and types of major weapons.

This seminar aims to discuss the SIPRI Arms Transfer Database as a tool to identify trends and patterns in international arms transfers. By analyzing data on arms transfers, it will examine several case studies to investigate international arms transfers data in relation to international security and national foreign and defence policies and inter-state relations with a focus on MENA.

Speakers:

Alexandra Kuimova, Researcher at SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme

Pieter Wezeman, Senior Researcher at SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme

Registration:

The seminar will be open to all researchers interested in the MENA region. The seminar encourages an interactive discussion between all participants, there will be limited spots available for registration. Make sure to register as soon as possible if you are interested in the event!

You register by sending an email containing name and affiliation to mattias.svahn@ui.se, no later than Sunday, 9 May.

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When: 11 May, 16.00-17.15 (CEST)

Where: Via Zoom (Link will be sent to all who register)

Registration: mattias.svahn@ui.se by Sunday, 9 May (Limited spots available)

Welcome to a SWEMENA Seminar on the SIPRI Arms Transfers Database!

On the 11 May 16.00-17.15 CEST, SIPRI will be hosting the next SWEMENA seminar, discussing the SIPRI Arms Transfers Database. The seminar will be open to all researchers and practitioners interested in the MENA region. Make sure to register as soon as possible, as there are limited spots available.

Introduction to the SIPRI Arms Transfers Database – Trends in the MENA region.

The seminar will discuss the SIPRI Arms Transfer Database as a tool to identify trends and patterns in international arms transfers. By analyzing data on arms transfers, it will examine several case studies to investigate international arms transfers data in relation to international security and national foreign and defence policies and inter-state relations with a focus on MENA.

Speakers:

Alexandra Kuimova, Researcher at SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme

Pieter Wezeman, Senior Researcher at SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme

When: 11 May, 16.00-17.15 (CEST)

Where: Via Zoom (Link will be sent to all who register)

Registration: You register by sending an email containing name and affiliation to mattias.svahn@ui.se, no later than Sunday, 9 May. (Limited spots available)

FOI report on Algeria reaction to transnational security threats

Navigating in a complex neighbourhood: Algeria’s response to security challenges in Libya and the Sahel

Author: Alexandra Hallqvist & Bitte Hammargren
2020

Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

Abstract

Algeria has traditionally had a stabilising role in a conflict-torn and unstable region. At a time when Algeria faces considerable political and economic challenges at home, developments, in particular in Libya and the Sahel, have resulted in increasingly complex and transnational security threats. The purpose of the report is to provide an overview of key aspects of Algeria’s history, politics, economy, military, and recent political developments, and to increase the understanding of how Algeria responds to the instability in Libya and the Sahel.

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CMES Research Seminar – Rethinking Environmental Security. The Lessons Learned from the Middle East.

Kaveh Madani, Yale University, gives a talk on Rethinking Environmental Security: The Lessons Learned from the Middle East.

Abstract

The attention to the topic of environmental security is on the rise in the 4D (Development, Disaster, Diplomacy and Defense) circles. We have enough evidence to have no doubt that the unsustainable use of natural resources, environmental degradation and climate change can lead to poverty, hunger, inequality, injustice, public health problems, unemployment, migration, tensions, violations of human rights, conflicts, terrorism, violence, and even wars.

Based on the conventional understanding of the environmental security concept, human/national security problems can be avoided by addressing environmental degradation and climate change.

Presenter

Kaveh Madani is an environmental scientist, educator, and activist with expertise in environmental security and analysing complex human-nature systems. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies of Yale University and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) of Imperial College London.

Please visit CMES event page for more information about speakers, abstracts and registration for seminars. We hope to return to hybrid and physical seminars once the infection rate of COVID-19 has decreased.

Report on coming environmental crisis in MENA

What the World Can Do about the Middle East’s Coming Environmental Crisis

Author: Dr. Johan Schaar (SIPRI)
December 14, 2020

The Century Foundation

Summary

In the Middle East and North Africa, the twin problems of degraded natural resources and insecurity reinforce each other in a vicious cycle. In this paper, the author outlines why the international community should stop treating them in isolation. 

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SIPRI Policy Brief on missile proliferation in the MENA

Addressing Missile Threats in the Middle East and North Africa

Authors: Dr. Tytti Erästö & Pieter D. Wezeman
November, 2020

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

Abstract

This SIPRI Policy Brief contributes to the discussion on missile proliferation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by providing an overview of regional missile arsenals and by considering ways to address related risks. The paper makes policy recommendations, highlighting the need to move beyond the selective focus on certain types of missiles in the hands of certain states, towards a more comprehensive approach based on greater transparency, responsible arms exports and confidence- and security-building measures (CSBMs).

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