September 20, 2017

Just four years after the success of the 2013 MENA Think Tank Summit, held in Istanbul, Turkey this year will be launched the 2017 MENA Think Tank Summit. This year's Summit will be held on September 19 through September 21, 2017 in Amman, Jordan under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prince Hassan Bin Talal.

In addition it is jointly organized by the Center for Strategic Studies, Jordan and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania and promoted in partnership with Rome MED 2017.

The 2013 MENA Think Tank Summit in Istanbul, Turkey offered a forum for forty-seven representatives from thirty-eight think tanks based in the MENA region to discuss institutional challenges they face and how the political environment of the region affects their organizations. Participants discussed the institutional challenges facing MENA-based think tanks in regard to funding, staffing, and communication in a transitional region prone to turbulent political changes.

The MENA Think Tank Summit this year (2017) will focus on MENA region and the opportunities that might be arising from the continuing conflicts and challenges. The major theme of the conference this year will be to highlight role of Think Tanks in better understanding the dynamics in the region and in shaping its future. Some of the issues that will be discussed are extremism and radicalization, security, refugees, economic development and cooperation, and post conflict state building. The Summit will also focus on the human resource, communication and funding challenges facing the think tanks in the region.

In addition to the substantive part of the conference, it is expected to further discuss the trade-off between influence and independence in continuous efforts to make the greatest policy impact and produce a healthy dialogue in governance. This Summit will focus on best practices and innovative strategies that address the challenges currently facing the think tank community in MENA, promoting transnational cooperation and boosting security, communication and efficiency. 

The download the program of the summit, please see the file.