Thoughts focus on Arab Spring in Fikr10
Fikr will focus on dreaming up a post-Arab Spring future. Precious de Leon hopes it will also include a stance on how neighbouring Arab nations should conduct themselves right now.
December 4, 2011 3:32 by Reuters
Arab Thought Foundation’s 10th Fikr Conference in Dubai (Fikr is Arabic for thought) will focus on the ongoing historic developments in the Arab world. The summit entitled ‘Arab Spring: What’s next?’ will be held in Dubai from December 5-7.
“Our interest lies in presenting an objective comparison that aims to distinguish between the causes of the Arab Spring and its consequences, as well as in the research implications of foreign affairs, and the cultural and social dimensions of the Arab Spring,” said General Director of the Arab Thought Foundation (ATF), Dr Suleiman Abdel Muneim, adding that the event conference will be as unbiased and scientific as possible.
Spread over three days, the Fikr10 is expected to produce “serious and responsible ideas that would lead the Arab world to overcome the current crisis, ensuring a bright future for its coming generations,” according to ATF deputy secretary-general and Fikr Conferences executive director Hamad Al Ammari.
Al Ammari indicated that the current exceptional circumstances have led some delegates to call for postponing and even cancelling the conference. But the organisers saw the current events as a stronger push for a more open communication among Arab intellectuals.
The first Fikr conference was held in Cairo in 2002—a poignant fact given that the Egypt is now one of the strongest case of Arab Spring and one that is yet to be resolved.
While it is well intentioned to look at what will happen in the aftermath of these national revolts, could it possibly a bit too immature to assume that the worst of the clashes are over? We would assume that along with talking about a post-Arab Spring future that the delegates would also consider looking at what will be the stance of the rest of the region when it comes to responding and reacting to current clashes.
Small and toothless the gesture may seem to most Arabs who have lost faith in the power in the united efforts of Arab nations, most will agree that the Arab League’s actions towards Syria have been unprecedented. It’s one baby step at a time, we suppose, but hopefully not at the cost of economic viability of the countries in revolt. The longer these clashes don’t get resolved, the longer it will take to rebuild a nation’s economy.
So hopefully, along with looking at possible scenarios of a future without violence, the Fikr10 will also address how best to act now in the current situation the region faces.