Building Stability in North Africa: Prospects and Challenges

  • Thursday, Jan 17, 2008
  • North Africa is emerging as a pivotal region in global affairs. As a major energy supplier and key front on the global war on terror, developments in North Africa have a significant impact on regional as well as global trends. Opportunities for constructive engagement abound, yet legitimate concerns about long term stability remain unanswered.

    To explore these challenges and opportunities, as well as examine key questions influencing long term stability, CSIS will host a one day conference entitled “Building Stability in North Africa: Prospects and Challenges.”  We will use the event to explore a number of issues facing the states of the region individually and collectively and draw on a diverse range of experts from a broad scope of disciplines.


    9:00 a.m. Introduction
    Jon Alterman, CSIS Middle East Program

    Panel One: Political Trends and Strategies
    Audio for Introduction and Panel One (mp3, 1:19.31)

    John Entelis, Fordham University
    Malika Zeghal, University of Chicago

    Moderator: Jon Alterman, CSIS Middle East Program

    10:30 a.m. Panel Two: The War on Terror: Local Threat or Global Menace?
    Audio for Panel Two (mp3, 1:20:10)

    Hugh Roberts, independent consultant
    Lianne Kennedy-Boudali, Rand Corporation

    Moderator: Haim Malka, CSIS Middle East Program

    12:00 p.m. Lunch and Panel Three: Economic Opportunities and Challenges
    Audio for Panel Three (mp3, 1:17:07)

    Elizabeth Dibble, U.S. Department of State
    John Drowley, Eli Lilly and Co.

    Moderator: Mona Yacoubian, United States Institue of Peace

    2:00 p.m. Panel Four: Scenarios for the Future
    Audio for Panel Four (mp3, 1:08:31)

    Claire Spencer, Chatham House
    Haizam Amirah-Fernandez, Real Instituto Elcano

    Moderator: Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University

    3:30 p.m. Adjourn