The Hollings Center for International Dialogue embarked on a project in 2017 entitled ‘Political Pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa’. To better understand how the next generation in the Middle East and North Africa are thinking about and engaging questions around political pluralism, the project brought together a group of civil society leaders, activists, politicians, and journalists from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United States to discuss and share their perspectives on a number of key challenges facing Arab societies today.
The dialogue snapshot report that came out of this endeavor seeks to convey perspectives, insights, analysis, and recommendations from the next generation of Middle Eastern and North African leaders to their colleagues at home and abroad, and to governmental and multilateral audiences seeking to better understand how to make positive forward progress in this fraught and fragile region.
To discuss the findings of this report with a wider audience, the Hollings Center, Solidar Tunisia, and the Jasmine Foundation organized a conference on October 9, 2018 entitled ‘Reconciling Deep Reforms with Political Pluralism’. The conference was comprised of 2 panels: the first session looked at the regional dynamics of pluralism and the second focused on Tunisian reform processes and how these compare to other transitions from around the world. Following the presentations, audience members and the panelists engaged in active dialogue.