Expert Workshop on Nonviolence and Peacebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa

Beirut, Lebanon

Drawing on the extensive knowledge and experience of 25 expert participants from within civil society organizations and academia, this expert workshop aimed to outline the broader context within which non-violent social movements are taking place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Considering the primary challenges facing non-violent social movements in the MENA region, this workshop also aimed to understand how the debate about non-violent action in the region has shifted in recent years and how non-violent social movements have interacted with and been shaped by conflict. Experts from Tunisia, Iraq, and Syria, among others, highlighted the different historical and contemporary effects of non-violent action on social change, while others spoke to the role of external actors in supporting non-violent action in the region.

Director of the SSRC's Understanding Violent Conflict program, Dr. Tatiana Carayannis, facilitated the discussions in partnership with Dr. Susanna Campbell and Dr. Chuck Call from the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC.