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Siria: la guerra civil que reconfiguró Oriente Medio (ESPAÑOL / INGLÉS) Play

Siria: la guerra civil que reconfiguró Oriente Medio (ESPAÑOL / INGLÉS)

Published at 00 13,,, 19 2019
Marwan Kabalan y Leila Nachawati son los dos expertos que nos acompañaron el jueves 7 de noviembre en esta conferencia, organizada por Casa Árabe y el Centro Internacional de Toledo para la Paz (CITPax). El acto contó con las intervenciones de Marwan Kabalan, director de análisis político del Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies en Qatar, y Leila Nachawati, profesora de Comunicación en la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid y cofundadora del portal Syria Untold. Modera: Karim Hauser, coordinador de Relaciones Internacionales de Casa Árabe. La crisis siria no solo dura ya más de ocho años causando enormes pérdidas humanas, así como cientos de miles de refugiados y desplazados internos, sino que ha mutado desde aquellas protestas pacíficas en las calles de Deraa a una guerra civil, para continuar su transformación hacia un conflicto con abierta injerencia de potencias regionales e internacionales. Rusia, EEUU, Turquía, Irán son algunos de los protagonistas estatales más visibles, pero no hay que olvidar que los actores no estatales como las distintas agrupaciones kurdas por una parte, o las organizaciones extremistas por otra, hacen cambiar sobre el terreno el peso de la balanza. Los más recientes movimientos han vuelto a cambiar el tablero donde Ankara, Washington, Moscú y el régimen de Bashar al-Assad en Damasco se reposicionan. En esta conferencia se abordó esta coyuntura y los efectos sobre la población civil, cuyos reclamos han sido eclipsados, y cómo el conflicto ha reconfigurado la región. Más información: http://www.casaarabe.es/eventos-arabes/show/siria-la-guerra-civil-que-reconfiguro-oriente-medio

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  • Siria: la guerra civil que reconfiguró Oriente Medio (ESPAÑOL / INGLÉS)Show video

    Siria: la guerra civil que reconfiguró Oriente Medio (ESPAÑOL / INGLÉS)

    Marwan Kabalan y Leila Nachawati son los dos expertos que nos acompañaron el jueves 7 de noviembre en esta conferencia, organizada por Casa Árabe y el Centro Internacional de Toledo para la Paz (CITPax). El acto contó con las intervenciones de Marwan Kabalan, director de análisis político del Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies en Qatar, y Leila Nachawati, profesora de Comunicación en la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid y cofundadora del portal Syria Untold. Modera: Karim Hauser, coordinador de Relaciones Internacionales de Casa Árabe. La crisis siria no solo dura ya más de ocho años causando enormes pérdidas humanas, así como cientos de miles de refugiados y desplazados internos, sino que ha mutado desde aquellas protestas pacíficas en las calles de Deraa a una guerra civil, para continuar su transformación hacia un conflicto con abierta injerencia de potencias regionales e internacionales. Rusia, EEUU, Turquía, Irán son algunos de los protagonistas estatales más visibles, pero no hay que olvidar que los actores no estatales como las distintas agrupaciones kurdas por una parte, o las organizaciones extremistas por otra, hacen cambiar sobre el terreno el peso de la balanza. Los más recientes movimientos han vuelto a cambiar el tablero donde Ankara, Washington, Moscú y el régimen de Bashar al-Assad en Damasco se reposicionan. En esta conferencia se abordó esta coyuntura y los efectos sobre la población civil, cuyos reclamos han sido eclipsados, y cómo el conflicto ha reconfigurado la región. Más información: http://www.casaarabe.es/eventos-arabes/show/siria-la-guerra-civil-que-reconfiguro-oriente-medio
    Published at 00 13,,, 19 2019
  • Popular culture and the contemporary (ENGLISH / FRENCH)Show video

    Popular culture and the contemporary (ENGLISH / FRENCH)

    On Thursday, October 3, this talk with the artists on display in the exhibition “Pop Art in North Africa” was held at the Casa Árabe headquarters in Madrid, with the official exhibition opening held immediately after. As part of the opening event for the exhibition Pop Pop Art in North Africa, curators Najlaa El Ageli and Toufik Douib will hold a dialogue with several of the artists about some of the subjects that this exhibition has brought up, which have a great deal to do with the apparently irreconcilable differences between tradition and modernity. The presence of these creators on social networks and in today’s media means their discourses and artistic creations get disseminated in a much faster way among the people than in prior decades, thus directly questioning the concepts of the canon and academia, all on the sidelines of the particular dynamics of the art market. However, this is no way means the work by such artists is less relevant. Quite the opposite: it once again brings up the need to reflect upon old concepts of the cultivated vs. the popular. With the help of the curators, we also become familiar with different viewpoints on current Arab societies and their taboos, globalization and consumerism, spaces of action for younger generations and today’s ways of building popular cultural identities. In conjunction with all of this, they will examine the way symbols and icons from popular culture and tradition are put into play. Taking part in the discussion along with the curators were artists Rasha Amin, Sarah Basma Harnafi, Ilyes Messaoudi, Ghita Benlamlih and Combo. After their talk there was an official opening event for the exhibition, accompanied by a music session with songs inspired by disco music from the sixties, seventies and eighties in the Arab world, put on by the Escuela de Oficios Electrosonoros (School of Electronic Sound Trades) and its collaborator Samir Elturky. More info: http://en.casaarabe.es/event/popular-culture-and-the-contemporary
    Published at 40 09,,, 19 2019
  • Alianzas y antagonismos: Rusia y EEUU en Oriente Medio (ESPAÑOL / INGLÉS)Show video

    Alianzas y antagonismos: Rusia y EEUU en Oriente Medio (ESPAÑOL / INGLÉS)

    Casa Árabe y el Programa Regional del Sur del Mediterráneo de la Fundación Konrad Adenauer organizaron esta conferencia el jueves 19 de septiembre en Madrid, a cargo de Dalia Dassa Kaye, directora del Centro de Políticas Públicas de Oriente Medio de la RAND Corporation y Yury Barmin, director de Oriente Medio y África del Norte en el Moscow Policy Group. Modera: Barah Mikaïl, director de la consultora Stractegia y profesor en la Universidad Saint-Louis en Madrid. Según los analistas del sistema internacional, Moscú no ha logrado recuperar el nivel de influencia que tenía antes del colapso de la Unión Soviética. No obstante, el cada vez mayor involucramiento de Rusia en la región de Oriente Medio parece estar revirtiendo esta tendencia, y no es producto de la casualidad. El compromiso actual de Moscú con actores estatales y no estatales (tales como Siria, Irán e Israel o los talibanes) forma parte de una estrategia pensada en el Kremlin. Por su parte, los ires y venires de la política estadounidense en la región se han agudizado bajo la administración Trump y plantean serios interrogantes para los patrones tradicionales de alianzas. En un tablero cada vez más complejo, con alianzas cambiantes, resulta indispensable tomar el pulso de Moscú y Washington para analizar el papel que desempeñan estas grandes potencias y sus consecuencias en la geopolítica regional. Dalia Dassa Kaye es directora del Centro de Políticas Públicas de Oriente Medio y analista política de la RAND Corporation. En 2011-2012 fue profesora visitante de la Universidad de California en Los Angeles (UCLA) y de 1998 a 2003 en la Universidad George Washington. Kaye publica ampliamente sobre temas de seguridad regional en Oriente Medio, en medios como Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, entre otros. Es autora de Track Two Diplomacy in the Middle East and South Asia (RAND), Beyond the Handshake: Multilateral Cooperation in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process (Columbia University Press). Tiene un doctorado en Ciencias Políticas de la Universidad de California, Berkeley. Yury Barmin es director de Oriente Medio y África del Norte en el Moscow Policy Group. Ha trabajado con clientes gubernamentales y privados en el CCG asesorándolos sobre riesgos políticos y oportunidades, así como cubriendo ampliamente el papel de Rusia en los asuntos regionales. Sus intereses académicos incluyen Oriente Medio y el Norte de África, la política de Moscú hacia la región, así como los conflictos en Siria y Libia. Es un experto en el Consejo de Asuntos Internacionales de Rusia. Contribuye con regularidad en el portal Al-Monitor, el Middle East Institute y Al Sharq Forum. Barmin tiene un máster en Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad de Cambridge. Más información: http://www.casaarabe.es/eventos-arabes/show/alianzas-y-antagonismos-rusia-y-eeuu-en-oriente-medio
    Published at 29 09,,, 19 2019
  • 10. The geopolitics of conflict and cooperation in the Mediterranean (ENGLISH)Show video

    10. The geopolitics of conflict and cooperation in the Mediterranean (ENGLISH)

    On Tuesday, May 21, we held a new session in our event series titled “Dialogues on Open Societies” in Madrid, with this conference. Taking part were Gerald Knaus, founder of the European Stability Initiative, and Kristina Kausch, a senior researcher for the German Marshall Fund. Moderated by: Eduard Soler i Lecha, a senior researcher at the CIDOB. The rivalries between regional powers have been shifting and changing since the 2011 uprisings. Alliances are becoming increasingly volatile and inconsistent, in terms of both state and non-state role-players. In order to understand the way these conflicts are being redefined, as well as seeking out paths for cooperation in the Mediterranean, it is essential that we examine internal, regional and global dynamics. This analysis will take a look at a few specific cases and the way in which the EU has reacted to crises, above all in fields like migration and security. Similarly, there will be a discussion of United States’ role in the region and the way in which geopolitical borders have grown blurrier, involving neighboring regions like the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and the Balkans, as well. Gerald Knaus is the founder of the European Stability Initiative, a think-tank with offices in Berlin, Brussels and Vienna, which does work on southeastern Europe, the Caucuses, European expansion the future of the EU. Kraus studied at the Universities of Oxford, Brussels and Bologna, and has taught Economics at the University of Chernivtsi in Ukraine, as well as working for five years at NGOs and international entities in Bulgaria and Bosnia-Herzegovina. From 2001 to 2004, he worked at the UN Mission in Kosovo. He was a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and is a specialist on state-building processes and intervention. Kristina Kausch joined the German Marshall Fund in Brussels in 2016. Ms. Kausch’s research focuses on Europe’s political relations with the Middle East and North Africa, political transformations in the Arab world and geopolitical trends in the Middle East. Prior to that, she worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, directed the Middle East Program at FRIDE, and was an expert at the German cooperation agency GIZ. She has had three books published on the region, as well as articles in both academic journals and the written press (The Guardian, El País, Middle East Eye and Süddeutsche Zeitung). Eduard Soler i Lecha is a senior researcher at CIDOB and the scientific coordinator of MENARA, a European project on geopolitical changes in the Middle East and North Africa. He is a political scientist and has a PhD in International Relations from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His fields of work include: Euro-Mediterranean relations, Turkey’s foreign and domestic policy, political change in North Africa and the Middle East, Spain’s Mediterranean policy and cooperation in the field of security in the Mediterranean. More info: http://en.casaarabe.es/event/“dialogues-on-open-societies”-series-of-conferences#14545
    Published at 53 17,,, 19 2019
  • Hunger and conflicts in the Arab world todayShow video

    Hunger and conflicts in the Arab world today

    On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Casa Árabe headquarters in Madrid, we got the chance to hear an analysis of this topic by Nicolas Oberlin, the assistant regional director of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe of the UN World Food Program. Presented by Yolanda Álvarez Maza, a former correspondent in the Middle East and the president of TVE’s News Programming Board. The conflicts causing upheaval in the Arab world are leaving millions of people without access to food. From Syria to Palestine, and in the refugee camps of Tindouf and Yemen, a country suffering the greatest humanitarian emergency of our times, the UN’s World Food Program provides essential services to the most vulnerable population. Based on his experience in the region, Nicolas Oberlin discussed the relationship between conflicts and hunger, as phenomena which feed back into each other, and the keys to breaking the vicious circle which threatens the future of the youngest generations. Nicolas Oberlin Nicolas Oberlin is an experienced humanitarian and development professional with more than two decades of service behind him at the United Nations and NGOs at the international level. He is currently the assistant regional director for the region of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), in charge of supervising the agency’s activities in responding to large-scale humanitarian emergencies and prolonged crises. Since he joined the WFP 20 years ago, Oberlin has held various positions at the entity’s headquarters in Rome and in the field, as well as working at humanitarian aid sites in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Before taking on his current position at the WFP’s regional office for the Middle East, Oberlin was an assistant representative of the WFP in Nepal and WFP’s representative in Tajikistan. Oberlin has degrees from the ESSEC Business School in France and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He currently lives in Cairo, Egypt. More info: http://en.casaarabe.es/event/hunger-and-conflicts-in-the-arab-world-today
    Published at 22 17,,, 19 2019