College students from top schools in Qatar and around the world recently participated in Georgetown University in Qatar’s (GU-Q) fifth annual Middle Eastern Studies Student Association (MESSA) at the Education City campus. This year’s conference was titled “Emerging Middle East: The Challenges of Integration and Social Fragmentation”.
This year’s conference theme explored the opportunities and threats of a post Arab Spring Middle East, including 'Rethinking National Identity’, ‘Reconciling Modernization While Protecting Cultural Values’, ‘The Future Of Women's Rights’, and more.
Participating students presented their research submissions as well as engaged in debates and dialogues on the broad range of disciplines that contributed to the scholarship of an Emerging Middle East.
In his welcome introduction, Mohammad Taimur Ali Ahmad (SFS’17), Vice Chair MESSA, stated: “This conference represents a very important platform for students to engage with faculty and colleagues. Today we are facing a variety of issues in the Middle East- political, economic, social, and cultural- and all are shaping up to an unclear future.”
Mr. Fahad Al-Attiya, the former Executive Chairman of the Qatar National Food Security Program (QNFSP), delivered a thoughtful and engaging keynote address where he reflected on the lessons learned from Qatar’s rapid development.
This year’s student paper submissions will also be included in The Journal of Georgetown University-Qatar Middle Eastern Studies Student Association, published by HBKU press, the first academic political science journal that is produced by university students in the Middle East.
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