The Politics of Foreign Aid in the Arab Middle East: Have the Arab Uprisings Changed The Practice? (closed workshop)
date: June 28, 2013
location: Villa Sassetti

9.15 a.m. Welcome - Federica Bicchi and Benoit Challand

Session 1: Donors’ Policies and Their Formulation

9.30-11.00: European donors: The EU and European Member States
Discussant: Philippe Schmitter, Emeritus, European University Institute
Federica Bicchi, London School of Economics
Nathalie Tocci, Istituto Affari Internazionali
Leila Mouhib, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Skype connection), EU Democracy Promotion in Tunisia and Morocco: a 2011-shift?

11.00-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.45 Donors from the United States and the Middle East: the Gulf Countries and Turkey
Discussant: Federica Bicchi
Steven Heydemann, United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC: America´s Response to the Arab Uprisings: US Foreign Assistance in an Era of Ambivalence
Sally Khalifa Isaac, Cairo University, Explaining the Patterns of the Gulf Monarchies Assistance after the Arab Uprisings
Meliha Benli Altunişik METU, Ankara, Turkey as an “Emerging Donor” and the Arab Spring 

12.45-2.00 p.m. Lunch 

Session 2: Receiving Actors and Policy Implementation

2.00-3.15 Towards a New Relationship between Local Actors and Donors Based in the Arab Middle East?
Discussant: Benoit Challand
Kristina Kausch, FRIDE, Madrid (Skype connection), Changing perceptions of ‘foreign funding’ in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya
Khaled Zakaria Amin, Cairo University -International Assistance to Egypt after January 2011 Uprising: More Politics and Less Money

3.15-3.30 Coffee break

3.30-5.00 A Sociology of the (New) Donors’ Presence in Arab Countries
Discussant: Benedetta Voltolini, London School of Economics
Nathalie Peutz, NYU Abu Dhabi,"Business as Usual"?: Aiding Political Factionalism in Yemen´s Socotra Archipelago in the Wake of the Arab Uprising
Moncef Kartas, Small Arms Survey, Tunisia ( Skype connection)
Jeremy Wilderman, University of Exeter, Alaa Tartir, LSE, London - Unwilling to Change, Insisting to Fail: Donor Aid in Occupied Palestine in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings

5.00 pm Concluding Remarks and The Way Forward ( publication plans)