UNU-CRIS and the UN Economic Commission for Africa are inviting the submission of abstracts for papers to be presented at a joint conference on “After the Arab Spring: Rethinking the role of regional organisations in promoting democratic governance” to be held 22-23 November 2012 in Brussels.
Since the end of the Cold War, regional organisations have been playing an increasingly important role in guaranteeing peace and security within their region as they promote cooperation and dialogue initiatives in various economic, political and social issues.
The recent civil unrests and mass protests that swept through several Arab states (hence the phrase ‘Arab Spring’) have revealed certain fundamental weaknesses in the structures, ability and capacity of regional organisations to respond to popular protests and yearnings for democratic change. This has brought to light one fundamental truth: that there is more to be done by regional organisations to guarantee peace and security and prevent conflicts than just adopting multitudinous treaties and encouraging the conduct of democratic elections in their member states.
The Arab Spring thus affords the opportunity for regional organisations worldwide to undertake a comprehensive soul-searching reflection and ask themselves a critical question: what exactly should be the role of regional organisations in promoting democratic governance and what should be strategy for doing so?
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 August 2012, and full papers must be submitted by 15 October 2012.
For more information on the conference and submission please see the UNU-CRIS conference page.