Debates on Current Affairs in the Arab World

In partnership with the Collège de France, the Agence France-Presse (AFP), the Inrockuptibles, Libération and France Médias Monde, the Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe) is launching a new event at which current affairs will be discussed: Debates on Current Affairs in the Arab World.

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Linked to the flow of information, the Debates on Current Affairs in the Arab World will provide everyone with an opportunity to analyse, discuss, and reflect on the latest events in the Arab world. Chosen several days before the debate, the topic, issue, or event will on every occasion be drawn from recent events in the region in order to provide an accurate and pertinent overview of current affairs.

To discuss these current affairs by analysing and studying them in detail, three participants will be chosen from a panel of twelve figures, complemented by external invitees, who will all be from a milieu associated with the topic under discussion and from the world of the media, university research, or civil society.

Each month, the debate will be moderated by a specialist on current affairs and their treatment: Anthony Bellanger from France Inter, Alain Frachon from Le Monde, or an AFP journalist.

At the beginning of the discussion, to introduce members of the public to the topic of the day and immerse them in its reality, the AFP will present a series of photos from its iconographic collection, relating to the chosen topic.

Each Debate on Current Affairs in the Arab World will be available for members of the public to listen to free of charge on the Internet sites of the Collège de France, France Culture, the AFP, and the Arab World Institute.

Moderators :

  • Anthony Bellanger, editorialist at France Inter radio, and a
    journalist, editorialist, and historian, he is, in particular, the international editorialist and commentator on LesInrocks and France Inter.
  • Alain Frachon, editorialist at Le Monde,
    foreign policy editorialist at Le Monde, and a former Middle-East and United States correspondent.
  • The AFP
    The world and general press agency, responsible for gathering, verifying, cross-checking, and diffusing current affairs, will select an AFP journalist who is a specialist on the chosen topic.

Participants :

  • Christophe Ayad, editor-in-chief of the Le Monde’s international news service
  • Bertrand Badie, professor at Sciences Po, and a specialist in international relations
  • Rachid Benzine, a specialist in Islam and associate researcher at the Fonds Paul Ricoeur
  • Assia Boutaleb, professor of political science
  • Leyla Dakhli, historian, research manager at the CNRS (The National Centre for Scientific Research)
  • Mireille Delmas Marty, philosopher of law, professor emeritus at the Collège de France, and member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques
  • Michaël Foessel, philosopher, and professor at the Ecole Polytechnique
  • Henry Laurens, professor at the Collège de France
  • Luis Martinez, director of research at Sciences Po-CERI
  • Inès Sa, Polytechnicienne, and researcher at the CNRS specialising in quantic physics (theory)
  • Hélène Thiollet, political scientist, and researcher at the CNRS-Sciences Po-CERI
  • Gero Von Randow, editor at DIE ZEIT, and specialist on the countries of the Maghreb

The Debates on Current Affairs in the Arab World 2017

22 February, 29 March, 26 April, 31 May, 28 June, 27 September, 25 October, 29 November, and 20 December 2017.

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