A major report analysing Conflict Trends in the Arab World, 1946 – 2019, published by the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) in collaboration with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), is set to be released in a conference taking place on Wednesday 25 August at 1600 Doha Time. The conference will bring together leading experts to present the key ideas of the report. Scholars will discuss and shed light on conflict trends in general and conflict trends in the MENA region in specific. A wide range of issues at the heart of conflict and peacemaking in the region will be highlighted and discussed.

Opening remarks will be given by Professor Sultan Barakat, Director, CHS, and Henrik Urdal, Director, PRIO. A summary of the report's key findings will be delivered by three of the co-authors: Siri Rustad, Research Director and Research Professor in the Condition for Violence and Peace Departement, PRIO, Sansom Milton, Senior Research Fellow, CHS, and Mona Hedaya, Research Fellow, CHS. Following their interventions, Peter Wallensteen, Senior Professor in Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, and Marwan Kabalan, Director of Policy Analysis, Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies, will then deliver their remarks in a discussion panel. The conference will conclude with a Q&A session.

This report comes together as the Arab world continues to reel from a series of protracted conflicts and their long-term consequences. It is part of the wider effort by CHS and PRIO to examine and contextualise issues related to conflict and peacemaking within the region through a comparative and historical framework. It intends to act as a springboard from which to generate intellectual discussion and exchange in and beyond the Arab region.

CHS and PRIO are delighted to host interested media agencies, journalists, scholars, and academics from all over the world in the press conference and discussions on Zoom. Please register through this link should you be interested in attending this press conference. Also, we welcome all those interested to watch the event's live streaming on CHS Facebook and Twitter platforms.