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CMES in Almedalen

Lunds universitetshus bakom en skyline av Visby

CMES will host two events on democracy and gender-just peace in the MENA region (in Swedish) on July 6 during the Almedalen week in Visby. All welcome!

Please note that the events will be held in Swedish!

Democracy in the Middle East

(Demokratispaning i Mellanöstern)

July 6, 2022, 11:15-12:15, Hästgatan 13 in Visby

The contemporary Middle East and North Africa is populated by authoritarian one-party states, monarchies and sheikdoms, with a few democratic states. What are the necessary conditions needed for a more democratic MENA? And what are the obstacles to achieving it? What are the general trends in democratisation in the region? In which areas can we see an increased social, economic and political mobilisation that supports democratic forces in the region? In this seminar, several MENA experts will discuss possibilities for and obstacles to democratisation in the region. Issues such as authoritarian regimes, large numbers of refugees and migrants, armed conflicts and a rapidly growing population will be discussed in relation to democratisation. 


Robert Rydberg, Swedish Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Cecilia Uddén, Foreign correspondent MENA, Radio Sweden

Rouzbeh Parsi, Head of MENA Programme, Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Isabell Schierenbeck, Professor, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Chair: Karin Aggestam, Professor and CMES Director, Lund University

Gender-Just Peace in the Middle East - Is It Possible?

(Jämställd fred i Mellanöstern – är det möjligt?)

July 6, 2022, 13:45-14:45, Hästgatan 13 in Visby

How is the UN's Women, Peace and Security agenda implemented in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)? What is needed for meaningful implementation? And what obstacles are there for women's participation in MENA peacebuilding? How are feminist women's movements working to build gender-just peace?

In this seminar, several MENA experts will discuss possibilities for and obstacles to building gender-just peace in the region. The participants will contribute with perspectives from contemporary research, diplomacy and activism. Women's participation in peace negotiations will be discussed, as well as the growing women's movement in the region since the 2011 Arab Spring. Despite some progress, women's participation continues to be opposed and gender equality issues are continuously marginalised in peace processes. What will it take to build a gender-just peace in MENA?


Charlotta Sparre, Director for the Swedish Dialogue Institute for the Middle East and North Africa

Emma Sundkvist, PhD in Human Rights, Lund University

Joel Abdelmoez, PhD researcher in Political Science, CMES, Lund University

Marie Wikström, Deputy Secretary General, Kvinna till Kvinna

Chair: Karin Aggestam, Professor and CMES Director, Lund University

The seminars are organised by the Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Lund University and the Strategic Research Area The Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW).