Webinar - Conflict, Migration and Refugees in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

9:00AM to 11:00AM March 4, 2021 PST
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Conflict, migration, and refugees in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Building human security platforms, local systems and capacity to protect the vulnerable.

With the Arab uprisings in 2010 through 2011, the MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) region has continually been subject to global attention over continuous conflict, devastation and chaos. The widespread political and social changes, prompting civil war in some cases, have caused major transformations and a series of humanitarian crises that have greatly affected vulnerable populations, including displaced persons, women, and children.

There are increasing numbers of educated refugees in protracted situations such as Syrians. For the first time, we have a surplus of university-level refugees who are not fulfilling their potential and contributing to economic and educational development. Conflicts force refugees to reshuffle internally and externally, particularly internally within Syria, and in other countries like Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. This webinar will examine the human security challenges and possible solutions to these problems and discuss strategies for mitigation and resolution.

  • Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
  • Duration: 2 hours


  • Victoria, BC at 9:00 a.m. PST (UTC -8)
  • Toronto, ON at 12:00 p.m. EST (UTC -5)
  • Nicosia, Cyprus at 7:00 p.m. EET (UTC +2)

If you have any questions, contact Selena Kunar at selena.kunar@royalroads.ca

Meet Our Panelists:

Dr. Kenneth Christie is the Program Head and a Professor in the Human Security and Peacebuilding graduate programs. Christie is a political scientist, author, editor, and international academic who has taught and conducted research at universities in the U.S., Singapore, South Africa, Norway, and Dubai. Working all over the world has given him a unique perspective on peace, development, and human security. His work has focused on issues of human rights, security, and democratization.

Mr. Haval Ahmad is an Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University teaching and supervising in the Master of Human Security and Peacebuilding program. He is also a Ph.D. Candidate in International Politics at Aberystwyth University in Wales.  His work focuses on human security, counter violent extremism, and de/radicalization. His current research projects look into the deradicalization of children and youth in the post-ISIS era, while other projects include co-authoring research looking into human security in the de facto autonomous region of Rojava in NE Syria.

Dr. Nergis Canefe is an Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University. Dr. Canefe is a Turkish-Canadian scholar of public international law, comparative politics, forced migration studies, and critical human rights. Her areas of interest are memories of atrocities and injustice and the way they shape the notion of citizenship for marginalized groups, critical studies of human rights, genocide and crimes against humanity, the relationship between nationalism and minority rights in the Balkans and the Middle East, forced migration, and debates on ethics in international law pertaining to mass political violence.