“I found the discussions at the Conference to be extremely rewarding. For me, the event sparked new thinking, outside of the usual patterns. This speaks to the intellectual ambition in the selection of the topic, which required the participants to stretch outside of the regular categories, including comparing and contrasting two regions not often discussed together. The notable diversity and breadth of experience among the participants were also an important factor. Clearly a lot of thought went into their selection. Finally, the event was designed well. The discussions were permitted to evolve over the course of each session and the three days. This open approach encouraged continued, active engagement by the participants for the entirety of the event.”

Participant of "Competing Mediation in the Middle East and Central Asia," October 2012