The Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and the Balkans: Challenges of Transformation

Sofia Platform supports an international conference on challenges of transformation in the Middle East-North Africa and the Balkans in Sofia

Al Jazeera Center for Studies is organizing an international conference entitled “The Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and the Balkans: Challenges of Transformation” in collaboration with the New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Bulgaria on 13-15 December 2012.

The conference aims to address various themes including historical and cultural ties between the Balkans and MENA regions, transformation and developments in the two regions, past and future relations, and the role and impact of religion.

The conference, which comes at the first anniversary of Aljazeera Balkans, will host academics, politicians, diplomats, experts, and specialists from the countries of the Balkans and the Middle East and North Africa. Al Jazeera Balkans and local Bulgarian media will cover the conference.

The conference is a result of a research partnership between the New Bulgarian University, the Aljazeera Centre for Studies and other reputable academic institutions and think tanks around the world. Through these partnerships the organizers seek to promote dialogue and public debate on issues of transformation and future relations between the Balkans and MENA regions.