Reconfigurations in West Asia and North Africa (WANA)

Reconfigurations in West Asia and North Africa (WANA)

When: Nov 19th 2020; 14:45-18:30 CET

The region that spans West Asia and North Africa (WANA) is in a process of a profound transformation. Despite their heterogenous character, all WANA countries experience social, (geo)political, environmental and economic challenges they need to overcome; albeit in different degrees. The current COVID-19 pandemic acts as an accelerator to this development while at the same time exposing the high vulnerability of the region.

CARPO’s first virtual research forum aims to address these reconfigurations in the region. With our speakers and audience, we not only plan to discuss some of the most pressing threats, including geopolitical shifts, questions of a sustainable development and more widespread social contestation, but we will also elaborate on the interplay of the different contexts (national, regional and global) in which these developments take place.


14.45 – 15.00Introduction and Welcoming Remarks
Dr. Marie-Christine Heinze, President CARPO
15.00 – 15.30Keynote speech: West Asia and North Africa in Transition:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Demmelhuber, Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg
15.30 – 15.45Short break
15.45 – 17.00Breakout Sessions: Reconfigurations in West Asia and the North Africa (WANA)
17.00 – 17.15Break
17.15 – 18.30Wrap-up: Reconfigurations in West Asia and North Africa (WANA) – Interlinking the National, Regional and Global Dimensions
Julia Pickhardt, Project Manager/Researcher, CARPO

CARPO Research Forum