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The Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Nicosia, Professor Farid Mirbagheri and The Diplomatic Academy would like to invite you to a conference on “The Middle East in 21st Century”.


08:45 Registration
Hot and Cold drinks served
9:15 Welcoming Remarks

  • Professor Farid Mirbagheri, Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Nicosia
9:30 Keynote Address

  • Dr Mohsen Baharvand, former Ambassador, Jurist
10:40 Questions and Comments
11:00 Break with refreshments and snacks
11:30 Panel One “Is the future of the region bound together?”


  • Dr Constantinos Adamides, Assistant Professor & Director of Diplomatic Academy, University of Nicosia.
  • Professor Ahmad Moussalli, American University of Beirut: Cultural/Religious Aspects, Will the regional countries ever consider themselves part of the same grouping/civilisation? Will they continue to experience sectarian/religious wars?
  • Dr Mohammad Soltanifar, University of Applied Sciences and Technology, Tehran: Socio-Political Aspects, Will new means of communication bring the region closer together or drive them further apart?
  • Dr Nikolas Stagialya, Journalist and author: The future of the governance model of the Justice and Development Party. Are there alternatives? The case of Turkey in the 21st century.
12:30 Questions and Comments
13:15 Break for Lunch
14:30 Panel Two “What interests do the big powers have in the region and how do they aim to secure them?”


  • Professor Farid Mirbagheri, Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Nicosia.
  • Ambassador Mohammad Farazmand, Senior Researcher, Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran: Big Powers and Iran, An Iranian Perspective.
  • Professor Tariq Tell, American University of Beirut: Can Russia, China, the EU and the US live with a united Middle East?
  • Mostafa Keleshzadeh, Khora Publishing, Cyprus: The Big powers and the Arab Spring.
15:30 Questions and Comments
16:15 Concluding Remarks

  • Professor Farid Mirbagheri. Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies. University of Nicosia
16:25 End of Conference