Past eventMembersUnder 35s Forum

Tackling Sectarian and Interfaith Conflicts in the MENA Region: The Role of Civil Society

12 November 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Chatham House, London


Sarah El Ashmawy, MENA Research Analyst, KPMG

Arine Hassan, Founder, We Meet to Succeed

Mehiyar Kathem, Associate Fellow, Integrity UK

Nayla Tabbara, Director, Adyan Institute

Chair: Ghadi Sary, Academy Asfari Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



Increasingly, sectarian narratives associated with conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa are shaping community relations across the region. Speakers from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt will discuss the existing and potential future roles of a variety of civil society actors, including religious leaders and educators, in challenging the root causes of communal divisions. They will also discuss how best to bridge the gap between civil society and policy-makers to ensure positive practice at both a national and international level.

This event is part of the inaugural Asfari Forum, supported by the Asfari Foundation.

The event will be followed by a reception.