An international workshop in İstanbul has put the Arab Spring on the agenda as it will discuss the transition from dictatorship to democracy with the attendance of high-ranking participants from more than 50 countries including Europe, the US, the Arab Spring region and Turkey.
The Arab Spring-oriented workshop is scheduled to convene on Thursday to discuss and analyze the developments that have paved the way for the Arab Spring, as well as the current conditions and the possible direction the developments may take in the future.
The two-day-long event is to be co-hosted by the Public Diplomacy Coordinator's Office and the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding of Georgetown University (ACMCU), to produce solid suggestions for the nations of the Arab Spring to obtain the democracy have been aiming for.
The workshop views the Arab Spring as a people's movement that has ended an era of dictatorship by toppling oppressive regimes one after the other, also changing the prejudice against the Arab and Muslim world, the Office of Public Diplomacy announced on their website on Monday.
The workshop is expected to identify the difficulties ahead of Arab Spring nations on their transition to democracy, a road deemed "painful and difficult" due to political and economic issues, social inequality, lack of education and many other problems that are awaiting solutions.
The workshop is to be led by co-hosts İbrahim Kalın, head of the Public Diplomacy Coordinator's Office and the prime minister's chief foreign policy advisor, and John Esposito, founding director of ACMCU, and will include high-level participants from various countries as well as researchers and journalists.
Tunisian political party leader Rached Ghannouchi, Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, Egyptian author, thinker and journalist Fahmi Huwaidi and US political scientist and conflict resolution specialist Rob Malley are among the participants of the workshop.
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