Public Debate: This House believes that the West should play a stronger role in promoting democratic transition in the region

Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 16:30
British Council Egypt - Agouza
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Transformations underway in the Arab world are reshaping the political landscape of the Middle East, and, in the process, upending established relations between the Arab region and the West. As the so-called “Arab Spring” enters its third year, it is appropriate to step back and address two questions. First, has the West embraced the changes the Arab Spring has unleashed in a region long associated more with political stagnation than political dynamism? Second, have Western governments taken on board what these transformations mean for their relationships with the Arab world, and begun to adapt accordingly in terms of promoting democratic transition? Or is the Arab world better off without this role?

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Cairo – 11 December 2012, In the framework of the Young Arab Voices programme, jointly launched in 2011 by the British Council and the Anna Lindh Foundation, a special debate evening will take place on 16 December 2012 at the British Council premises in Agouza, under the title “This House believes that the West should play a stronger role in promoting democratic transition in the region”.

The evening will start at 5:30PM with the public debate between two teams formed of participants from the Young Arab Voices programme and will be moderated by ……….

Following the debate, a discussion panel around the topic will take place between Young Arab Voices debaters and representatives from the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL). The floor will be given to the audience to ask question and comment of the debated subject.


4:30 – 5:00 The attendees start arriving
5:15 – 5:30 Introduction for the project
5:30 – 6:15 Debate between YAV participants on the topic
6:15 - 6:30 Break
6:30 – 7:30 Topic Discussion

The special debate evening is one of the activities of the Young Arab Voices regional programme in Egypt which, since its launch in 2011, aims at providing opportunities, tools, and capacity building for the involvement of youth in running and managing effective debates for the purpose of enriching the pluralistic democratic dialogue existing in the Arab world.

The programme depends on establishing partnerships with the education sector, as well as the civil society sector; from NGOs, youth groups, culture centres, schools and universities, as well as the concerned ministries in the targeted countries: Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

The Anna Lindh Foundation and the British Council jointly develop and manage the programme out of their regional responsibility, co-financed through the Arab Partnership Fund of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the European Union, in addition to receiving the institutional support of the League of Arab States.