Panel discussion: The revolutions in the Arab world and security of Europe

Date of event: 11.4. 2011

The Prague Centre for Transatlantic Relations organized a panel discussion with Petr Robejsek, Roman Joch and Sadi Shanaah on the 11th of April 2011.

Discussion took place on Monday, April 11 from 15:00 to 17:00 pm at the CEVRO Institute.

The opening remarks were presented by our distinguished panellists:

  • Petr Robejsek, political scientist, an independent consultant for strategic issues
  • Roman Joch, director of the Civic Institute and advisor to the Prime Minister
  • Sadi Sannaah, foreign policy adviser to the Green party, member of the staff at Glopolis centre

The event was organized with the kind support of the CEVRO Institute long-term partner – the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

The discussion covered the security dimension of the ongoing changes in North Africa and the Middle East, focusing primarily on the following questions:

  • What security risks represent the Arab revolutions?
  • What are the European security interests?
  • Should Europeans welcome the revolutions, or rather be worried?
  • Could the democratization of Arab countries lead to international security?
  • What are the security risks of democratization?
  • Is it irrational and immoral to support nondemocratic regimes in exchange for securing stability?
  • What could be the impact of the revolutions on some particular security issues such as migration or energy?
  • Is there any effect on the relations between the Arab countries and Israel?

The director of PCTR Jan Jireš hosted the discussion.