Book Launch: Water, Energy, and the Arab Awakening

Oct. 08 / 2014

Global Agenda 2013 "Global Agenda 2013: Water, Energy, and the Arab Awakening"

The InterAction Council will launch its latest publication

on 20 October 2014, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. BST,

The Celtic Manor Resort, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, South Wales, NP18 1HQ, Conwy Suite

Featuring a panel discussion on "Water, Security, and the Arab Awakening: The State of the World since 2013"

Moderated by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Margaret Jay of Paddington

Seven authors will be on hand to present their papers and answer questions:

Moderated by:

1.     The Rt. Hon. the Baroness Margaret Jay of Paddington, Former Leader of the House of Lords (U.K.)

Presenting their papers, in speaking order:

2.     Dr. Thomas S. Axworthy, Secretary-General, InterAction Council (Canada)

3.     Mr. Nicholas Fogg, Former Head of Religious Studies, Marlborough College (U.K.)

4.     Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director, Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy (U.K.)

5.     The Most Hon. Lord Michael Lothian, Member, House of Lords; Chairman, Global Strategy Forum (U.K.)

6.     Dr. Alexander Zhebin, Director, Centre for Korean Studies, Institute for Far Eastern Studies (Russia)

7.     Dr. Moneef Zou’bi, Director-General, Islamic World Academy of Science (Jordan)

With comments from InterAction Council Members:

8.     H.E. Mr. Bertie Ahern, Prime Minister of Ireland (1997 to 2008)

9.     H.E. Dr. George Vassiliou, President of Cyprus (1988 to 1993)

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Chapter summary:

SECTION I: PRESENT STATE OF THE WORLD

Introduction:

Andrés Pastrana, Former President of Colombia

Comment:

1. Water Overuse and Debt as Challenges to Sustainability

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman, Nestlé SA

2. Present State of the World

Goh Chok Tong, Former Prime Minister of Singapore

3. Uprisings in the Arab World: The Reality Beyond the Failure of Politics and Policies

Abdel Salam Majali, Former Prime Minister of Jordan, and

Moneef R. Zou’bi, Director General, Islamic World Academy of Sciences

4. Conventional Arms and the Arms Trade Treaty

Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, Costa Rica

5. The Arab Pseudo-Spring? A Snapshot of the Underlying Politics and Economics, and the Challenge of Water Insecurity

Moneef R. Zou’bi, Director General, Islamic World Academy of Sciences

 

SECTION II: THE WATER-ENERGY-FOOD NEXUS

Introduction:

James Bolger, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

6. Energy in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Opportunities

Majid A. Al-Moneef, Secretary-General, Supreme Economic Council

7. Water, Energy, and Food: The Ultimate Nexus

Rabi H. Mohtar, TEES Endowed Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Bassel Daher, Research Analyst, Strategic Projects Office, Qatar Foundation

8. Energy and Climate Security: Then and Now

Carole Nakhle, Energy Economist, Surrey Energy Economics Centre

9. Come Hell and High Water: Hydro-Climatic Change and its Consequences

Robert Sandford, InterAction Council Senior Water Advisor; EPCOR Chair, Canadian Partnership Initiative, United Nations ‘Water for Life’ Decade

10. Bridging Science and Policy in the Management of Water Resources

Henry Vaux Jr., Chair, Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy; Professor Emeritus, University of California, and

Daniel Dooley, Senior Vice President, University of California System

 

SECTION III: BRIDGING THE RELIGIOUS DIVIDE

Introduction:

George Vassiliou, Former President of Cyprus

11. Dialogue Versus Sectarian Strife

Gholamali Khoshroo, Former Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, Islamic Republic of Iran

12. Tolerance: An Underappreciated Virtue in our Sectarian Age
Thomas S. Axworthy, Secretary-General of the InterAction Council; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs

13. The Risks of Sectarianism

Nicholas Fogg, Former Head of Religious Studies, Marlborough College

14. The Dynamics of Arab Uprisings and Middle Eastern Geopolitics

Ahmad Moussalli, Professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies, American University of Beirut

 

SECTION IV: NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION

Introduction:

Jean Chrétien, Former Prime Minister of Canada; Co-Chair, InterAction Council

15. Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula: A New Perspective

Nobuyasu Abe, Vice Chairman, Japan Atomic Energy Commission; Former Director, Centre for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-proliferation, Japan Institute of International Affairs

16. The Necessity to Reduce and Eliminate Nuclear Threats and Weapons in the Middle East and Internationally

Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director, Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy

17. The Nuclear Problem on the Korean Peninsula: Searching for Solutions

Alexander Zhebin, Director, Centre for Korean Studies, Institute for Far Eastern Studies

 

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