Voices from the Frontline: the Prospect of DemocracyAre you interested in debating the latest developments in e.g. Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon? Or are you curious to learn more about a region that is bordering Europe, yet sometimes seems to be far away? Come and join D66 for the Day of the Middle East on 21 September 2013 in Utrecht! During the conference we will discuss with renowned international speakers how the Middle East is shaping it’s future and the implications of the political revolutions and conflict in the region. It will be an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas with politicians, experts, activists, entrepreneurs and journalists. There is no need to be a member of D66 to participate, all are welcome. The conference will feature key-note speeches on the political situation in the Middle East and a critical analysis of the engagement of the international community. Confirmed key-note speakers include: - Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, Member of Parliament D66 - Marietje Schaake, Member of European Parliament D66 - Koert Debeuf, EU-ALDE Representative in Cairo - Rania Abouzeid, correspondent for The New Yorker - Boutaïna Azzabi, Social Media Analyst, Al Jazeera - Mauritius Wijffels, lawyer - Tarek Osman, economist and author - Petra Stienen, author and Arabist Various themes will be singled out for discussion in small-scale, interactive workshops - Syria, Behind the Lines - People at Risk - Young Voices from the Region on the Role of Social Media - Women on the Frontline: the challenge of political participation in the MENA - Doing business in the Middle East: the consequences of regime change for economic development and employment Registration fee: 15 euro (incl. coffee breaks & lunch). Register here for the event.