5.12.2011, Cairo Organizer:
Regional implications of the political change in EgyptSeminar
“What will post January 25 Egypt relationship with the different states look like?” This question was asked by Al Sharq Centre for Research and Strategic Studies (SCRSS) on Monday the 5 December to a number of Arab, Turkish, and Iranian experts and academics.
The seminar examined the impact of the political changes in Egypt’s international relations with countries in the region and beyond. Each presenter looked on the history of relations before 25 January; the reality of relations since 11 February; and future scenarios for these relations. While each presenter focused on a specific country; there was a consensus that it is still too early to judge how Egypt will manage its bilateral relations with different states as the interim phase is still hazy and unpredictable.
5.12.2011, Ramallah Organizer:
Donor Opium. The impact of international aid to PalestineFilm
Film by Mariam Shahin and George Azar, produced by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Venue: Al Qasaba Cinema, Ramallah
For twenty years now the international donor community has financially supported Palestinian institution-building, infrastructure development, the economy, public employees’ salaries, health and education, social welfare, the police, electricity production, private credit guarantees, and the bigger part of the civil society organizations with regards to democracy promotion, human rights, tolerance, women rights etc. Peace and the establishment of a democratic Palestinian state have been the declared goals of all the support. But actual results are the fragmentation and pacification of the Palestinian people. The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation supports organizations and ideas that are looking for ways out of the difficult situations and dependencies created by foreign aid, not only in Palestine. You are invited to the free premiere of the film „Donor Opium. The impact of foreign aid to Palestine“, directed by Mariam Shahin and George Azar and produced by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation on Monday, 5 December 2011, 6 p.m. at Al Qasaba Cinema, Ramallah It was followed by a discussion with some of the featured Palestinian critics of international aid.
28.11.2011, Ramallah Organizer:
Women’s rights. From slogans towards actual performanceConference
On 28 November 2011, the Civil Associations’ Union for Development, an alliance of organisations related to the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) has invited members of different leftist movements in Palestine to discuss performance improvement in this regards.
19.11.2011, Ramallah Organizer:
Towards alternative economic policies in PalestineConference
The Palestinian leadership’s plan for the Palestinian economy is its integration into the free market system with its known implications on conditions of labor and social welfare. At the same time, the Palestinian economy is held captive to the Israeli market.
At the conference, these predicaments and obstacles to Palestinian development were discussed, as well as ways out of it. The conference was organized by the Fuad Nassar Association for Development Studies and supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. It took place in Ramallah from 19-20 November 2011 in the “Leaders Hall” in Ramallah, Al Masyoun.
21.7.2011, Symposium and tour Organizer:
Designing civic encounterRamallah
“DESIGNING CIVIC ENCOUNTER” is a series of interventions engaging in existing and potential forms of urban development and public culture. Although Ramallah is a relatively small city, it has experienced radical urban expansions and population growth. Real Estate is the main target for foreign corporate investment today. What kind of living space do these investments create?
28.6.2011, Ramallah Organizer:
The Palestinian economy: An alternative vision from a leftist perspectiveStudy Presentation
Fuad Nassar Institute, a progressive Palestinian think tank based in Ramallah, presented “an alternative vision from a left-wing perspective”. Bassam Salhi, Head of the Palestine People’s Party, summarized the research process, which was accompanied by members of different progressive political movements. He said the study’s goal is to be of assistance progressive political currents in Palestine with alternatives to and exits from the current poor economical plans and projects within the Palestinian Authority area. The study was explicitly designed to support the political left in shaping its programs and electoral campaigns.
16.4.2011, Cairo Organizer:
Egypt’s political parties map out futureconference
Egypt’s main political parties have opened debate over upcoming elections, their preferences regarding political systems, and the country’s future regional relations
2.4.2011, Cairo Organizer:
The perspectives of the new youth movementsConference
Egypt’s future after 25 January. The perspectives of the new youth movements
Representatives of youth groups that were part of the January revolution agreed on the importance of an active Egyptian regional role. Egypt should strengthen its relations with the Arab countries, Turkey and Iran in order to rebalance power in the region. Egypt should recreate diplomatic relations differently to those under Mubarak.
11.12.2010, Cairo Organizer:
Arabs and the new regional order in the Middle EastConference
Participants from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Iran, and Turkey discussed about the powers in the region with a special focus on the role of the Arab League. The conference was organized by the Al Sharq Center for Regional and Strategic Studies (SCRSS) in cooperation with the American University in Cairo.
13.4.2010, Ramallah Organizer:
The German position regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflictRound table
Many Palestinians describe the German position towards the local conflict as very pro-Israeli and, on this basis, refrain from engaging in German politics. Dr. Muriel Asseburg, head of Middle East and Africa division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) presented the German official position as well public opinion.