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NATO Parliamentary Assembly

JOINT SEMINAR MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EAST SPECIAL GROUP SUB-COMMITTEE ON TRANSITION AND DEVELOPMENT

ROME, ITALY 25 – 26 NOVEMBER 2013 SEMINAR ORGANISED IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE ITALIAN DELEGATION TO THE NATO PA

CAMERA DEI DEPUTATI

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SENATO DELLA REPUBBLICA

20 November 2013


MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2013

OPENING OF THE SEMINAR 9.00-9.30

Welcome remarks: -

Federica Mogherini, Head of the Italian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly; Ali Riza Alaboyun, Chairperson of the Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group; Francis Hillmeyer, Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Transition and Development; Laura Boldrini, President of the Chamber of Deputies, Italy

9.30 - 9.45

Keynote Remarks by Mario Mauro, Minister of Defence, Italy

9.45–10.30

Discussion

SESSION 1 THE SITUATION IN SYRIA: REGIONAL CONSEQUENCES AND INTERNATIONAL RESPONSES 10.30-10.45

Introductory remarks by the panel moderator Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director, Institute of International Affairs, Rome

10.45-11.00

Claudio Graziano, Lt. Gen. Chief of the Italian Army General Staff, former UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander in Lebanon, on The Consequences of the Syrian Crisis Upon Lebanon

11.00-11.15 Dr Barah Mikail, Senior Fellow, Foundation for International Relations and External Dialogue (FRIDE), Madrid, on War in Syria: International Responses and Long-Term Consequences 11.15-12.30

Discussion SESSION 2 IRAN AT THE CROSSROADS

14.30-14.45

Ali Riza Alaboyun, Chairperson of the Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group (GSM)

14. 45-15.00 Dr Nicola Pedde, Director, Institute of Global Studies, Rome, and Head of Research on the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, Military Centre of Strategic Studies, Centre for Higher Studies on Defence, Italian Ministry of Defence, on The Domestic Situation in Iran 15.00-15.15

Heather Williams, Research Fellow, Nuclear Weapons Policy, Chatham House, London, on Prospects for Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

Discussion

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SESSION 3 THE HUMANITARIAN CONSEQUENCES OF REGIONAL CRISIS 16.00-16.15

Introductory remarks by the panel moderator

16.15-16.30

Luigi Binelli Mantelli, Admiral, Chief of the Italian Defence General Staff, on Military and Humanitarian Mission “Mare Nostrum” in the Mediterranean Sea

16.30-16.45

Laurens Jolles, Regional Representative for Southern Europe, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Addressing mixed migration flows; a common responsibility

16.45-17.15

Discussion

17.15-18.00

Keynote presentation by Emma Bonino, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy, followed by Q&A

TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2013

SESSION 4 BUILDING A VIABLE STATE IN LIBYA AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR REGIONAL STABILITY 9.00-9.15

Introductory remarks by the panel moderator Dr Alessandro Politi, Political and Strategic Analyst, Director of the NATO Defense College Foundation, Rome

9.15-9.30

Dr Ethan Chorin, Managing Director, Perim Associates, Berkeley and Author of ‘Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution’, on Building a Viable State in Libya

9.30-9.45

Marco Minniti, Undersecretary of State – Delegated Authority for Security in the Republic, Italy, on Co-operation with Libya to Promote Security and Stability

9.45-10.45

Discussion SESSION 5 AN ASSESSMENT OF THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN EGYPT

10.45-11.00

Introductory remarks by the panel moderator Francesca Corrao, Professor of Arabic Culture and Language, Faculty of Political Science, Luiss University Rome

11.00-11.15

Dr Zaid Al-Ali, Senior Adviser on Constitutional Building, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), Stockholm, on Political Stability in Egypt: Will the New Constitution Satisfy the People’s Needs?

11.15-11.30

Dr Maha Azzam, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House, London, on Political Islam and the Future of the Egyptian State

11.30-12.30

Discussion

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CONCLUDING SESSION 12.30-13.00

Closing remarks: -

Federica Mogherini, Head of the Italian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly; Ali Riza Alaboyun, Chairperson of the Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group; Pietro Grasso, President of the Senate, Italy

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