Forum to Discuss Roots of Conflicts in Middle East

Sheikh Fahad Al Salem Al Ali Al Sabah launched Sunday the two-day forum, Renewing Dialogue for Peace and Advancing Freedom and Human Rights in Today’s World.

Sponsored by The Fahad Al Salem Center for Dialogue Among Civilizations and Defense of Liberty (the Center).  the forum intends to engage and introduce world leaders, renowned academics and NGOs to a variety of issues relating to individual freedoms and democratic values.

It will also discuss the importance of education and promoting citizen journalism along with advancing the role that traditional and social media can play in this process.

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Former President of Poland Lech Walesa, Former PM of the Netherlands and President of the Club de Madrid Wim Kok, and Former UN Under Secretary General Giandomenico Picco are among the dignitaries, the Center said in a statement released Sunday, May 22.

Sheikh Fahad founded the Center to advance individual freedoms and basic human rights issues in Kuwait, throughout the Middle East region and globally.

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“I know firsthand what it feels like to have your have basic human rights and freedom taken from you. It is for this reason that I have created the Center, to help facilitate the international debate around the need to advance individual freedoms and basic human rights,” says Sheikh Fahad. 

Participants will discuss current political developments in Middle East and North Africa with an attempt to explain the roots of conflicts. They will also explore optimal strategies to prevent and overcome conflicts through dialogue and the role of media in advancing human rights.

Over the next 12 months, the Center will host a “dialogue tour” in key countries throughout the developed and developing world to further engage world leaders, academics and NGOs to gain additional perspectives and supporters. 

In addition, it will launch a new satellite network as one of its key initiatives. The network will include content created by citizen journalists.

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