Transitional justice, security sector reforms, the role of international actors in advancing Arab democracy, and relations between Islamists and secularists will be among the issues to be addressed at a forthcoming conference on Democratic Transitions in the Arab World: Tunisia as a Model?
Over 200-300 international experts, scholars, politicians, and democracy activists are expected to attend this international conference, from Tunisia and from outside Tunisia, to shed light on the main issues and challenges facing Tunisia and the rest of the post-revolutionary Arab Spring countries, and to discuss lessons learned from democratic transitions in other countries. The conference will last two days, and registration is required. Keynote invited speakers, and a more detailed program will be announced before the end of January.
Paper proposals are invited from prospective participants on the following four broad topics related to the main conference theme. Papers can be presented in either English or Arabic (simultaneous translation will be provided). Prospective presenters are also welcome to submit papers that fall outside these topics, but must establish their relevance to the broader conference theme:
Paper proposals (no more than 400 words) are due by January 20, 2013 and should be sent in either Arabic or English to:
Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January 31, 2013 and final papers must be submitted by March 1, 2013.
All participants, panelists, and speakers must cover their own travel and accommodations to participate in the conference, and pay the $150 conference registration fee ($100 for CSID Members) by March 10 (or they will be removed from the program). Speakers and panelists (only) coming from outside Tunisia will receive a contribution of $500 from CSID-Tunisia to help defray travel expenses.