On Tuesday 11th July we had a thought provoking panel discussion as part of the Celebrating Syria festival on Syria's arts and culture before and after 2011. The Panel addressed questions such as 'what happened to the arts and to culture under the dictatorship of the Assad regimes?' 'What does oppression do to artistic and creative expression?'
We held a seminar on Sunday 9th July about the change of the employment of energy resources in the global economy and its implications in the Arab world. Dr. Firas Miro spoke about the great change in the employment of energy resources in the West over the past two decades and how this has affected the political and economic situation in the Middle East.