detail - Rule of Law Programme Middle East and North Africa
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The two-day Conference was opened by Dr. Homoud Algashan as the Dean of the College of Humanities in collaboration with Dr. Hasan Johar the Head of the Political Science Department of Kuwait University and Mr. Peter Rimmele, the Director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation's Regional Rule of Law Program Middle East/North Africa. The Conference included five panels with a total of ten speakers. After each panel discussion the floor was opened for fruitful discussion and question rounds of the audience, which were young academics and students of Kuwait University that followed the Conference with great interest.
The first panel identified the problems of the modern state and political sectarianism under the lead of the moderator Dr. Hamed Alabdullah. The definitions of the problems at stake were undertaken by Dr. Zoawey Baghora and Dr. Ali Alzumei' who outlined the different stages of development of Arab modern societies.
The failed project of building a modern civil state as well as the rise of political tribalism were investigated by Dr. Walid Mubarak and Dr. Ghassan Al Azzi in the second panel of the Conference.
The second day of the Conference continued with intriguing revelations about political sectarianism. The dual character of these values were assessed by Dr. Abdullah Alagmi and Dr. Ali Aldahhagh, elaborating on the regional aspect of tribalism and sectarianism. The international aspect, on the other hand, was dealt with by Dr. Mohammad Alsayyed Seleem, who outlined the underlying problems of an democratic character in Arab states. This distorted system of values paved the way for endless contradicted dualisms that we debate in our today's culture.
The insightful conference was successfully finalized by Dr. Azmi Zakariya's and Mrs. Tahani al Abaidli's outlook for the future of violence and religious extremism in the Arab region.