24 June 2021
Political participation in its "extreme" Middle Eastern context | PAVE

Interventions by Mohamad Sablouh and Hala Hamze

Sixth session of the "Political participation in its “extreme” Middle Eastern context" webinar, organised by the FMSH and Ifpo for the PAVE project.

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Thursday, June 24th
5PM - 6:30PM

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The role of state institutions in combating extremism

Defining extremist thought and violent extremist ideology, and distinguishing between them, as state institutions play a major role in addressing the phenomenon of extremism, either as a cause of its spread and expansion, or as a cause of addressing its causes and narrowing its spread before its elimination. For this, an evaluation study for the role played by the state institutions in the previous phase in combating extremism must take place in order to develop a plan that addresses the errors committed in the previous phase and establish a new phase through cooperation and networking between the relevant state institutions in cooperation with civil society.

Mohamad Sablouh, Appeal attorney, Director of the Prisoner Rights Center at the Tripoli Bar Association and Human Rights activist.

 

The Public Will to counter Violent Extremism

This lecture based on the speaker’s field experience will look over the following points in order to counter violent extremism: public will; the extent of the general will of the Lebanese state; the path adopted by the Lebanese authority in combating violent extremism; the Lebanese judicial process in combating violent extremism and the opinion of civil society and human rights about it; cases helping to understand the Lebanese state's approach to combating violent extremism

Hala Hamze, Appeal attorney and PhD candidate in constitutional law and President of Helping Hands Foundation. 

 

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Political participation in its “extreme” Middle Eastern context

Despite the preponderance of research on violent extremism and prevention and control policies in general, the key concepts generated by this discipline are problematic because they are often normatively loaded and empirically imprecise. To provide a better understanding of the subject of violent extremism, both scientific and in public policies, we have chosen to engage in dialogue within this webinar, researchers, stakeholders and practitioners whom we call “from the inside”, who question the construction of radicalization and violent extremism within political relations in the MENA region.

Our objective is to constitute a new and original approach, from the bottom, to understand the different realities of violence, radicalization, violent extremism and terrorism, by comparing, confronting and criticizing the different public policies and the different approaches implemented to tackle the phenomenon of violent extremism in the studied states. Beyond radicalization and violent extremism, the question of civil, armed, military and political engagement and participation since the Arab revolts will be posed in an articulation between the local, the national and the global.

We seek to understand how the relations between political actors within states located in the MENA region are articulated with regional issues; how past and present political conflicts are played out between national actors and permanently redraw the map of political and community affiliations, both in discourse and in practice. Local, national and regional contexts will thus be studied as catalysts for political relations between (state and non-state) actors in the region.

Webinar format and research axes

On the basis of a meeting every three weeks, we will meet starting from April 2021 around a communication based on a country research work, complemented by the intervention of an activist, practitioner or stakeholder shedding light on the issues raised, and leaving plenty of room for collective discussion.

Several themes and areas of research will be addressed during the sessions:

Area 1. Commitment, governance and policies

  • Militant careers, how does one become a political actor in this region of the world? What is political activism built on or what is the trajectory of political actors in the countries of the region?
  • The relations between dominant political actors, the opposition and marginalization?
  • Relationship between political institution, partisan institution and religious institution (duplication, alliances, conflicts…)?
  • Modes of government, political discourse and practices…

Area 2. Law, fight against terrorism and penitentiary institution

  • The impact of anti-terrorism laws on the treatment of violent extremism and on the organization of prisons: emergence, strengthening and extension of a specific legal framework reconfiguring the relations between justice, police, army and intelligence.

Area 3. media treatment of political and power relations

Area 4. Citizenship vs. sectarianism: public action, self-awareness, new ways of participation and political organization

The webinar will be held in the three languages, Arabic, English and French.

Session 1

April, 22th from 5:00 to 6:30 PM CET

Virtual Citizenship: Saudis in Clubhouse by Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed

Session 2

May, 6th from 5:00 to 6:30 PM CET

Interventions by Iyad Kallas and Wassim Naboulsi

 

Steering Committee

Marie KORTAM (Ifpo-FMSH) Mohammed SHARQAWI (FMSH)

In partnership with Ifpo.

 

The PAVE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870769.
The content provided in this webinar reflects the author’s views only. Neither the Research Executive Agency (REA) nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
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