Roundtable: The Roles of Regional State and Non-State Players and the Implications for US Afghan Withdrawal and Beyond

The Cordoba Foundation is supporting the Institute of Islamic Strategic & Socio-Political Affairs in a series of roundtables examining the Us-Afghan Withdrawal Program

The event will discuss the following questions:

  What is  the  Pakistani  army’s  current  and  future  Afghan  policy  and  how  does  it  impact  upon  the  US  withdrawal from Afghanistan and its aftermath?
  The allegations towards the ISI: Facts, fictions, implications?
  The Pakistani army and US army and intelligence relations?
  What may be the new power structure in 2014 Afghan presidential elections and  how will the Pashtun  people be represented?
  How will cross-border movements over the Durand line affect the post-2014 security situation?
  What is the current state of play regarding armed groups (Haqqani network, LeJ, LeT, TTP, Al Qaeda etc.)  in the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands?
  In what way might we expect the dynamics of these armed groups operating in FATA to change following  the Coalition’s withdrawal and the 2014 Afghan elections?

The event will be held on the 3rd of July and is by invitation only.

The event will be held under Chatham House Rules

High-Level Roundtable on Peace Processes, Conflict and Humanitarian Needs in Myanmar.

This is a closed-door High-Level Roundtable on peace processes, conflict and humanitarian needs in Myanmar.

The event will be held on Tuesday, 2 July.

The roundtable aims to facilitate a high-level policy dialogue on three pressing interrelated issues: the ethnic peace process; the crisis in Rakhine State; and the Buddhist-Muslim violence in Myanmar and the wider ASEAN region. It will bring together government representatives, representatives of the donor community, policy-makers and humanitarian agencies currently involved in Myanmar.

This first section of this roundtable will seek to provide a forum to discuss the ongoing peace processes throughout Myanmar. Speakers, including Charles Petrie (Coordinator of the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative) will share progress made, but also the challenges that remain.

Rushanara Ali MP (Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow and Shadow Minister for International Development) will speak on her recent visit to Rakhine State and her views on how the international community should respond to the crisis. Melanie Teff (Senior advocate, European representative, Refugees International) and Chris Lewa (Founder and coordinator, The Arakan Project) will then present their research findings and analysis on the situation in Rakhine State, followed by an in-depth discussion of possible strategies to address both the humanitarian crisis as well as the root causes of the conflict.

Finally, the roundtable will cover the spread of violence between Burmese Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar and spill over into the wider region, particularly in Malaysia and Indonesia. Other speakers at the roundtable will include Oliver Lacey-Hall (Head, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific at UN OCHA), Kyaw Win (Secretary of the Burmese Muslim Association) and Dr Jemilah Mahmood (ODI Council Member).

The meeting will be hosted by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and co-organised with Refugees International, Muslim Charities Forum and The Cordoba Foundation.

The discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule and participation is by invitation only.

For more information, please click here

Malaysia Forum: Plight of Muslims in Myanmar in the 21st Century: An Initiative for Solution and the Way Forward

Malaysia Forum: Plight of Muslims in Myanmar in the 21st Century: An Initiative for Solution and the Way Forward

The Need For the Protection And Security of Muslims in Myanmar Is  very  important and hence effective advocacy and campaigning are very much needed to support their fundamental human rights, human security and human dignity in the spirit of achieving peace and harmony.

Objectives

– To Focus On Sectarian Violence, Segregation, Displacement, Forcible Expulsions And Intolerance Against Muslim Minorities In Myanmar;

– To Create A Better Atmosphere For  Exiles With A View To Develop Sympathetic Treatment For The Victims Of Genocide And Humiliations;

– To Exert Effective Pressure On The Burmese Authorities To Stop The Maltreatment And Violence Against The Muslims Of Myanmar And To Ensure Their  Rights Of Citizenship And Human Dignity Are Respected.

Date:
Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Time:
09:30am  –  02:00pm

Venue:
Conference Hall, IAIS Malaysia [click for location map]

Main Organisers:
International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia
Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC)
Burma Muslim Community (BMC)

Event Partners:
International Movement For A Just World (JUST)
Muslim Youth Movement Of Malaysia (ABIM)
Malaysian Youth Council (MBM)
Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam Universiti Malaya (PMIUM)
Jaringan Anak Muda (JAM)
Al-Fikrah.Net
Institute for Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR)
The Cordoba Foundation (TCF)
The Diplomatic Institute of the State of Qatar (TDI)
Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF)

Media Partners:
Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM)
TV Al-Hijrah
Radio IKIM FM
Al-Jazeera International
The Arakan Observer Group
Rohingya Vision TV
Sinar Harian
Aswaq Magazine
Amilin TV

Keynote Address by YABhg Tun Abdullah Hj Ahmad Badawi, Patron Of IAIS Malaysia And Former Prime Minister Of Malaysia

Opening Speech by Professor Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding Chairman & CEO, IAIS Malaysia

Moderator – Associate Professor Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil, Deputy CEO, IAIS Malaysia

Speakers
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement For A Just World (JUST)
Dr. Maung Zarni, Fellow, Department Of History, Faculty Of Arts & Social Sciences, University Of Malaya
Mr. Mohammad Sadek, Program Coordinator, Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC)
Mr. Saw Clo Say, Special Advisor, Burma Muslim Community
Mr. Mohamad Raimi Bin Ab Rahim, Secretary General, Muslim Youth Movement Of Malaysia (ABIM)

Invitation to ENORB AGM

Invitation to ENORB AGM

Come and contribute to shaping ENORB’s work for the coming year and beyond

Workshops – Information Exchane – Networking

Date –  May 21st 2013

Time  12pm – 6pm

Place – Centre Espaces (Brussels)

For more information, please click here

 

Peace, Security & Islam Forum 2013:Islam and Diplomacy – The Search for Human Security

Islam and Diplomacy – The Search for Human Security

The Forum will explore Islamic teachings on Diplomacy in the light of Peace & Security. Speakers will offer insights into conceptual and pragmatic aspects of Islam’s practice of harmonious relations between nations. Diplomatic practices promoting Human Security  which may be aligned with Peace Making, by relating Islamic insights and values to our social and political realities in global context will be discussed.

Sponsors:
IAIS Malaysia,   The Cordoba Foundation United Kingdom,  Institute Of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) – Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia

Partners:
The State of Qatar,  Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF)

Venue:
Institute Of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), Jalan Wisma Putra,  50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Please click here for a map and directions

Date and Time: 16th May 2013, 09.00 am – 5.30 pm

For further information including the tentative program, speakers and online registration, please click here

Lecture: Lakshman Kadirgamar, the Sri Lanka Conflict, and its Controversial End

The Cordoba Foundation takes great pleasure in inviting you to an evening lecture about the former Foreign Minister to Sri Lanka, the late Lakshman Kadirgamar, which will examine his ideas for the modern world and the threat posed by political violence to stability within and between states throughout the world:

Speaker: Professor Sir Adam Roberts (Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford) author of the book, ‘Democracy, Sovereignty, and Terror: Lakshman Kadirgamer on the Foundations of International Order’

The lecture  will be held on Wednesday 24th April 2013 at 6.30pm (for a 7.00pm start)

Attendance is by invitation and confirmation of names only.

Once confirmed, details of the venue will be sent to you

RSVP essential: events@thecordobafoundation.com

For more information please click here

Conference: Iraq 10 years – Examining a Decade of Turbulence

Conference: Iraq 10 years – Examining a Decade of Turbulence

Ten years on, Iraq continues to search for a unifying national identity. After 2003, Iraq’s different communities retreated to their sectarian and ethnic enclaves for protection and for the survival of their various cultures. Presently, the country is fast descending into de facto three separate entities.

This timely conference organised by The Cordoba Foundation and The Sharq Forum  will primarily review and examine the achievements and failures of a decade’s long intervention in Iraq by Western-led forces and regional powers. As a result, the conference will also examine the nature and shape of future international interventions in the region. Despite the huge cost to state and society, Iraq will continue to play a strategic role in the region provided it addresses its internal political and social challenges.

Looking to the future, the conference seeks to chart a direction where all Iraqis feel safe, equal and enjoy the fruits of a real democracy.

Date and Time: Monday 8 April 2013; 9.30am – 5.45pm

Venue:  The Commonwealth Club, 18 Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5AP (Closest Tube: Embankment or Charing Cross). Please click here for a map and directions to the venue

Limited Places!! Registration is strictly by invitation or application only!!

To apply, please send an email  to be assured of a place at the conference.

Roundtable (Europe): Fair Treatment for all – Religion and Belief, EU Law and Equalities

Roundtable (Europe): Fair Treatment for all – Religion and Belief, EU Law and Equalities

ENORB is being consulted by the European Commission (DG Justice) on the current 10 year review of implementation of  the Directives on Equalities and Fundamental Rights – which cover Religion and Belief (as well as Race, Gender etc).

We hope to welcome legal experts from member states and academic institutions as well as from R&B organisations and  networks at grassroots level.  Conclusions and recommendations from this conference will be submitted to EU officials.

date: March 19-20, 2013

venue: European Parliament/Centre Espaces, Brussels, Belgium

day one: European Parliament: Bt Altiero Spinetti, Hall 78 – 1.30pm-6pm | 7.30pm-9pm

day two: Centre Espaces: 40, Avenue de la Renaissance – 9:15am-12.30pm

Limited funds available to subsidise travel costs for delegates from Eastern Europe and distant parts of Europe.

For further information about costs please click here

To register, please click here 

Seminar: Non Violence and Peace Building in Islam

Seminar: Non Violence and Peace Building in Islam

Throughout the world’s most volatile regions, academics and practitioners are proposing that novel approaches to peace building should now be organic incorporating indigenous and local cultural methods of interventions and analysis on top of the systematic ‘Western’ models being employed. Islam as a religion and a tradition is replete with teachings and practices of nonviolence and peacebuilding.  Since its formative years, Muslim communities have been empowered by various Islamic values and principles of peace and Muslim men and women to resolve their conflicts peacefully and to establish just social, political and economic systems.

Nevertheless, since the September 11 attacks of 2001, a large number of studies have ignored the Islamic tradition of peace and nonviolence and focused mainly on Islamic fundamentalism and recent emergence of radical Islamic movements.

The Cordoba Foundation, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Initiatives of Change and Salam Institute of Peace and Justice  invite you to a public seminar that will focus on addressing the Islamic traditions of non violence and peacebuilding. (Please note that whilst the title of the seminar has changed to reflect a more detailed concept for the seminar, it will deliver the same subjects as before)

Speakers

* Professor Mohammed Abu Nimer (Salam Institute for Peace and Justice / American University)
* Dr Qamar ul Huda (United States Institute of Peace)
* Dr Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana (Georgetown University / Salam Institiute for Peace and Justice)

Date & Time: 22nd January 2013, 10.30am – 4.00pm

Venue: Initiatives of Change Centre, 24 Greencoat Place, London, SW1P 1RD (Please click here for a map to the venue)- Closest tube is Victoria

Limited Places.  Registration Essential!!

Please click here to register (Please note that there will be a £10 attendance fee payable at the door to cover refreshments, lunch and any course material)