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A Henry Jackson Society, Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and the America – Bosnia Foundation Panel Discussion
Aylin Ünver Noi
Assistant Professor at Department of International Relations
Vice-Director of the European Union Application and Research Center
Gedik University, Turkey
Ghazi Ben Ahmed
Mediterranean Development Initiative, Tunisia
Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS at Johns Hopkins University, USA
Director of Research
The Henry Jackson Society, UK
Opening remarks by Dr. Sasha Toperich, Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS at Johns Hopkins University
TIME: 12 – 1.30pm, Tuesday 20th May 2014
VENUE: Committee Room 1, House of Lords, London SW1A 2LW
To attend please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mediterranean is changing. Political tremors that began in Tunisia in December 2011 have shaken the entrenched order and toppled leaders in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. Governments around the Mediterranean are struggling to deal with flagging economies, growing unemployment, security threats, migration, and other human security challenges.
But the Arab Spring has also brought an unprecedented opportunity for democratisation and inclusive growth to millions more Mediterranean citizens than ever before. Mediterranean peoples are finding new and innovative ways to learn from one another and engage in mutually beneficial economic, social, and political activities. So more than three years after the contagion of revolution spread across the southern shores of Mare Nostrum, where do we stand?
This panel discussion marks the publication of A New Paradigm: Perspectives on the Changing Mediterranean by the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. It is a collection of essays by scholars and activists from the north and south Mediterranean, Europe, and the United States that considers the ways in which the Mediterranean Basin is advancing, stagnating, and regressing, and offers timely recommendations to policymakers and stakeholders in the region. With a special emphasis on the record of troubled transitions in the Western Balkans and what can be learned from such experiences, the essays tackle topics ranging from economic cooperation and terrorism to women’s entrepreneurship and migration.
By kind invitation of the Lord Soley, the Henry Jackson Society, the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and the America – Bosnia Foundation are pleased to invite you to a book launch and discussion with Aylin Ünver Noi, Assistant Professor at Department of International Relations and Vice-Director of the European Union Application and Research Center at the Gedik University, Istanbul, Turkey; Ghazi Ben Ahmed, Executive Director of the Mediterranean Development Initiative, Tunisia; Andrew Mullins, Visiting Scholar at Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS at Johns Hopkins University, USA; and Olivier Guitta, Director of Research at the Henry Jackson Society. Drawing upon their diverse perspectives and backgrounds, the panelists will expand upon the themes addressed in A New Paradigm: Perspectives on the Changing Mediterranean, shedding light on major societal shifts in North Africa and Southeast Europe. It will be suggested that greater international cooperation is needed to promote a freer, fairer future for the more than 150 million people living on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Aylin Ünver Noi is Assistant Professor at Department of International Relations and Vice-Director of the European Union Application and Research Center, Gedik University, Istanbul. She is also Associate Researcher at European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation – MEDEA, Brussels. She is the author of “The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and the Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative: Competing or Complementary Projects?” (published in English by the University Press of America, Lanham, MD, 2011) and “Avrupa’da Yükselen Milliyetcilik- The Rise of Nationalism in Europe” (published in Turkish by IQ Publishers, Istanbul, 2007) as well as several articles on the Arab Spring. She is also editor of the book “Islam and Democracy: Perspectives on the Arab Spring” (published in English by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, New Castle, 2013).
Ghazi Ben Ahmed is the Executive Director at the Mediterranean Development Initiative in Tunisia and the Coordinator of the LEND Initiative for Tunisia. He is also the founder of the Club de Tunis, a Tunisian based think tank aiming to help policymakers to devise strategies for economic growth and regional development, and to empower both the private sector and NGOs in Tunisia and North Africa as an engine for regional integration, job creation and shared prosperity.
Previously he was the Lead Trade Expert in the African Development Bank (AfDB), working in the private sector department of the Bank. Before joining the AfDB, he was employed at the UNCTAD, the United Nation Agency for Trade and Development, in the Africa and LDC Division, as Senior Advisor, providing support to African trade negotiators in multilateral trade negotiations and regional trading arrangements.
He has also worked for almost 10 years in the European Commission in Brussels, in several Directorates-Generals: Trade, EuropeAid and External.
Andrew Mullins is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Since 2013 he has been a Project Manager of the Mediterranean Basin Initiative at the Center. Previously, he was Coordinator of the SAIS Southeast Europe Economic Forum held in March 2012 in Washington DC.
His research at CTR focuses on the historical, economic, social, and political connections between southeast Europe and the southern Mediterranean. He is the author of “Reconciliation or Reckoning?: Massacres, Memory, and Politics in Independent Slovenia” (2011), a study of the collective memory of the 1945 post-war massacres in Slovenia and use and abuse of memory in contemporary political and social discourse.
Andy is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Mediterranean Development Initiative in Tunis, a member of the Executive Board of the America-Bosnia Foundation, and was a founding member of Seattle’s Slovenian cultural society, Slovenska miza.
Olivier Guitta is the Director of Research at the Henry Jackson Society. He is an expert on security and counter-terrorism, having briefed the UK Home Office, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Swedish Foreign and Defence ministries, the European Union, the United States Congress and NATO, as well as US presidential candidates, SOCOM and Europol. He is a regular speaker at international security conferences and has lectured at the National Defense University and the Joint Special Operations University.
His writing on geopolitics and security issues has been published in a range of outlets and he has written in-depth studies on Hezbollah for the Brookings Institution and on Euro-US cooperation on terrorism for the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Born in Morocco, raised in France and educated in Cologne and Paris, Mr Guitta spent twelve years in New York as a Portfolio Manager for two major financial firms. Following the attacks of September 11th 2001, he left the world of finance to work as a geopolitics and risk analysis consultant in Washington DC and then France, before joining the Henry Jackson Society in July 2013.
Sasha Toperich is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington. He is also President of the America – Bosnia Foundation, President of the World Youth Leadership Network, business consultant to a number of companies world-wide, and a world-renowned pianist.
A native of Sarajevo, he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in piano from the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and his doctorate of music from the Academy in Lovran, Croatia. Dr. Toperich has performed concerts in legendary halls including the Concertgebow, Lisinski, Carnegie Hall, and ORT Hall, and is the recipient of the UNESCO Artist for Peace title.
Dr. Toperich has also held several diplomatic positions for Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2002 – 2003, he was advisor to the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations, from 2003- 2007, he was a Special Envoy of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States; and in 2009 and 2010, he served as a Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations.
Dr. Toperich is the Coordinator of the Mediterranean Basin Initiative, co-chairman of the Mediterranean Women in Leadership and Civil Society Conference, and chairman of the Supervisory Board at the Mediterranean Development Initiative in Tunisia, established as part of the Initiative. Together with Andrew Mullins, he is the editor of the book “A New Paradigm: Perspectives on the Changing Mediterranean” (Brookings Institute/CTR, 2014).