A workshop entitled “Actors and Institutions of the Arab Spring in the Middle East and North Africa” was organized by Center for Strategic Research (SAM) in cooperation with İstanbul Şehir University, in İstanbul, on 5-7 January 2014. A reception was hosted by SAM before the workshop at the honour of participants.
Assoc. Prof. Mesut Özcan, Chairman of SAM, Assist. Prof. Ekrem Karakoç, Binghamton University, Inst. Muzaffer Şenel, İstanbul Şehir University, Prof. Dr. Howard Wiarda, University of Georgia, Assoc. Prof. Nurullah Ardıç, İstanbul Şehir University, Assoc. Prof. Amaney Jamal, Princeton University, Dr. Kevin Koehler, King’s College London, Assoc. Prof. Mohamed Daadaoui, Oklahama City University, Assist. Prof. Evren Çelik Wiltse, South Dakota State University, Prof. Dr. Burhanettin Duran, İstanbul Şehir University, Dr. Ceren Belge, Concordia University, Assist. Prof. Mark Farha, Georgetown University Qatar, Dr. Paola Rivetti, Dublin City University, Yrd. Doç. Dr. Talha Köse, İstanbul Şehir University, Prof. Ricardo René Larémont, Binghamton University, Assist. Prof. Ora Szekely, Clark University, Assist. Prof. Seden Akçınaroğlu, Binghamton University, Dr. Halil İbrahim Yenigün, İstanbul Ticaret University, Assist. Prof. Sabri Çiftçi, Kansas State University, Dr. Şebnem Gümüşçü, Sabanci University, Assoc. Prof. Güneş Murat Tezcür, Loyola University Chicago contributed to the workshop and made representations.
The workshop has provided a beneficial platform to discuss actors and institutions of the Arab Spring, inform participants by the experts in their fields about trends in Middle East and North Africa. Participants have discussed new political dynamics in the region and what has changed since the Arab Spring within the context of Chatham House rules.
All sessions have been concluded with Q&A and comments sessions were the above-mentioned speakers shared their opinions as well as suggestions and responded to various questions from each other. At the end of the workshop, participants took a decision that papers should be printed and published. The conference was concluded with the dinner hosted by SAM.