Picture above by Stefan Bladh: Syrians crossing the Orontes river between Turkey and Syria on a winter day, by trying to follow a ford in the river.
On and off I moderate debates and seminars, often in English.
Some examples below:
Prospects of Reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
A talk with the Saudi human rights defender, Yahya Assiri, at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). Yahya Assiri represents the three incarcerated Saudi Right Livelihood Award Foundation Laureates: Dr Abullah al-Hamid, Professor Mohammd Fahad al-Qahtani and the lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair. A UI event on Nov 23, 2018, co-arranged with the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and Amnesty International, Sweden.
Cold wars going hot? Rising tensions around the Persian Gulf
Speakers: Pieter Wezeman, senior researcher at SIPRI; Rouzbeh Parsi, historian at Lund University and UI associate; Dina Esfandiary, researcher at King's College, London. May 3, 2018
Corruption after the Arab Spring – Challenges and Lessons Learned.
The case of Tunisia, featuring Youssef Cherif, Deputy Director, Columbia Global Centers, Tunis.
and Fanny Härgestam, Writer and Journalist, Author of a book on Tunisia’s transition “Det här är vår tid”
Niklas Bremberg, Research Fellow at UI, specialist on EU foreign and security policy towards the southern Mediterranean.
Understanding Sunni-Shia sectarianism: the case of Hizbullah's war in Syria
Key-note address by Helle Malmvig, Senior Researcher focusing on regional policy in the Middle East at DIIS, focused her talk on how we may understand sectarianism in the Middle East theoretically and empirically, focusing in particular on the case of Hizbullah and its war in Syria.
Lars Erslev Andersen, Associated Researcher, UI, Senior Researcher, DIIS.
Emin Poljarevic, Associate Professor, Sociology of Religion, Uppsala University.
Living on the Edge: Possible Scenarios in a post-IS Middle East
Moderated a UI seminar on December 7, 2017, with a key-note speaker from Brookings Doha, visiting fellow Beverley Milton-Edwards, who is also a fellow at Queen's University in Belfast. She also has a long experience as a mediator in the Middle East. A postcast from the seminar will soon be published here. Also read Beverley Milton-Edwards powerful speech, Living on the Edge, which explains why a majority of the citizens of the region are extremely vulnerable.
Profiles of the Missing – ICMP
Talking with Loretta Napoleoni about her new book Merchants of Men – eller på svenska: Kidnappningsindustrin (Fri Tanke)
UNRWA - 67 Years of Humanitarian Support to Palestine Refugees
With UNRWA's General Commissioner Pierre Krähenbühl, at Stockholm University. Arranged by Stockholm Association of International Affairs (@UFStockholm) and Swedish Institute of International Affairs (@UISweden). October 2016.
Building Blocks of Justice – Women's Empowerment and Strengthening Rule of Law in Syria
A discussion at the Almedalen Week with Bassem al-Kuwatli, head of RMTeam; Raheb Alwany, representing NGO network Badael; Lena Ag, secretary general of Kvinna till kvinna; and Leif Stenberg, head of Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University.
Tema: Kriget mot kvinnorna.
Internationella kvinnodagen 2016. Arr: Re:Orient. På Kulturhuset i Stockholm.
Talking with the Laureates of the Olof Palme Prize
In the Swedish Parliament: Moderated a discussion with the Olof Palme Laureates, the Palestinian pastor Mitri Raheb from Bethlehem and Gideon Levy, well known profile of Haaretz, who has been covering life in the occupied Palestinian territories for the last 30 years. The picture is taken during the prize ceremony – in the same old Chamber where late PLO chairman Yassir Arafat expressed his support for a two state solution in December 1988 (which was breaking news then). Arafat's announcement paved the way for the Olso process, which was supposed to lay the foundation for a Palestinian state by 1999. Yet the two state solution still is a distant day dream.
Mitri Raheb's argues that it's too late for a two state solution now, due to illegal settlements on the West Bank, and too early for a one state solution. Gideon Levy suggests that the international community calls for equal right for all – regardless of their ethnic or religious background – between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River.
The State of the Middle East: A broader perspective for a resolution to the conflict
On the occasion of the launch of the third edition of the SIPRI Director Dan Smith's book The State of the Middle East, I moderated a conversation with him at The Museum of the Mediterranean in Stockholm, on 20 January 2016.
A Rude Awakening: Turkey, the Kurds and the Islamic state
A discussion with professor Umut Özkırımlı, expert on Turkey at Center for Middle East Studies at Lund University. This was part of series of talks on the Middle East – Fokus Mellanöstern – in joint cooperation between Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm; Re:Orient and several universities.
Vad vet vi egentligen om islam?
Ett samtal med Leif Stenberg, Lunds universitet, och Simon Sorgenfrei, Södertörns högskola i Re:Orients och Medelhavmuseets serie Fokus Mellanöstern
the islamist phoenix
Interview with the author Loretta Napoleoni about her book The Islamist Phoenix. Title of Swedish translation: Islamiska staten (Fri Tanke, 2015). This hour long talk can be seen here on Swedish television.
Turkey at a Crossroad, Quo vadis?
A previous discussion with professor Umut Özkırımlı at Medelhavsmuseet:
(Turkiets vägval). Organized by Re:Orient, Södertörns högskola, Centrum för Mellanösternstudier vid Lunds universitet and Världskulturmuseerna.
At the Yemeni Salon and Bio Rio
in Stockholm with the Oscars nominated director Sara Ishaq, after the screening of her documentary film Karama has no Walls.
International conference of the Church of Sweden
in Karlstad (Världens fest), with Elsy Wakil, director of WSCF ( World Student Christian Federation), about Being Young and Christian in the Middle East.
At the Swedish Institute of Foreign Affairs.
På Bokmässan i Göteborg med den enastående författaren, orientalisten och kulturjournalisten Sigrid Kahle och hennes sista kärlek i livet, författaren Carl-Göran Ekerwald.