Day one: Al Jazeera and NBU conference

Day one of the international conference, jointly organized by the New Bulgarian University and the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, with the support of the Sofia Platform initiative started with a speech by the Turkish journalist and author Mustafa Akyol, largely based on his book Islam without Extremes. A Muslim Case for Liberty. The introduction was followed by the first panel where three different research approaches to the topic of The Balkans and the MENA: History, Culture and religion were introduced. Day two will be focus on three main sessions, covering topics like Lessons from the Balkans, Politics and Religion and Crisis and International Interventions in the Balkans and the Middle East. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nickolay Mladenov will take part in the closing session on Saturday, December 15, together with the director of the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, Mr. Elzein and with the director of the Brookings Doha Center, Mr. Sheikh.