2nd conference

13-14th October 2016, Gdańsk

Between October 13th and 14th, 2016 the second edition of the international scientific conference entitled “Contemporary Arab and Muslim World in International Relations”, organized by the Institute of Political Science of the University of Gdańsk, Polish Society for International Studies, Qatar University and Europe-Asia-Africa Foundation was held at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Gdańsk. In the conference participated many foreign scientists, among others from Qatar, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Great Britain.

The aim of the conference was interdisciplinary analysis (politological, sociological, legal, philosophical, and economic) of on-going changes in the Arab world and Islam, as well as the dissemination of knowledge and breaking the stereotypes that exist in relation to the Arab world and Islam in Poland and in the whole world. The conference constituted also a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experiences between researchers into the Arab world and Islam, as well as the opportunity for integration and expanding cooperation between research centers around the world. To ensure the above, among others the ceremonial banquet was organized following the first day of the conference in the Gdańsk old town.

The main lecturer, whose lecture opened the conference, was professor Luciano Zaccara from Qatar University. His presentation concerned relations between Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council following the Arab Spring and sparked a lively discussion. Professor Zaccara presented the course of events in the Arab states of the Gulf Region and regarding Iran.

During the conference 8 panels were held at which the speakers addressed the following topics:

  • political (war in Syria, OPEC in international relations, corruption and sanctions in Iran, sectarianism in the Gulf Region, salafism in Egypt and Tunisia, war in Yemen, foreign policy of Iran);
  • economic (geoeconomics of GCC functioning, effects of the fall in fuel prices on the Gulf Region, online banking in Jordan, preferential trade policy in relations between China and Gulf Cooperation Council);
  • social (integration and assimilation of Muslims in the West, the influence of Ashura on Sunni-Shiite relations in Iraq);
  • military (terrorism, Islamic State, armed forces of Saudi Arabia).

The patrons of the conference included: Teachers Education Center in Gdańsk (Pomeranian local self-government unit), Research Institute of Social and Economic Sciences.

The honorary patronage was held by: Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship Mieczysław Struk, President of the City Gdańsk Paweł Adamowicz, Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Lotos Group.