After conflict?  

Spoils of war and the emergent  

international disorder in the Arab World 


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Opening session 

Spoils of Civil War –  

Bringing the Arab World back in? 


Wednesday, March 6th , 2024, 19:00 

Venue: Bruno Kreisky International Forum, Armbrustergasse 15, 1190 Vienna 


The public keynote panel joins two eminent intellectuals and actors in the international arena, to discuss current challenges in the Arab world. Before them are issues of political disarticulation, state capture, civil wars and proxy wars in the region, and their international extensions, including the erosion of international norms and frameworks, in what is emerging as global disorder and the conditions of a new cold war with variable geographies. 

Notes of Welcome 

Gertraud Auer Borea d’Olmo, Secretary General, Bruno Kreisky Forum, Vienna 

Hillary Wiesner, Program Director, Arab Region Research and Scholarship, Carnegie Corporation New York 

Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Professor, Central European University; Co-Founding Director, SFM project, Vienna   



Tarek Mitri (Beirut) President, St. George University, Beirut 

Former Director, Issam Fares Center for Public Policy and International Affairs (American University of Beirut); Former Special Representative of UN Secretary-General Representative to Libya; former Minister of Information, former Minister of the Environment, former Minister of Culture and former Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lebanon; former Coordinator for Interreligious Relations and Dialogue at the World Council of Churches. 

Ghassan Salamé, (Paris) Trustee of the International Crisis Group 

Former UN Secretary-General Special Representative to Libya and Head of the UN Support Mission for Libya; former Founding Dean of the Paris School of Public Affairs; former Minister of Culture, Lebanon. 



Aziz Al-Azmeh, University Professor emeritus, Central European University; Co- Founding Director, SFM, Vienna 




Thursday, March 7th, 2024, 9:30-17:00 

Venue:  Central European University, Quellenstrasse 51-53, 1100 Vienna 


9:30 – 11:00 


Roundtable 1 

Spoils of war: where are the margins now? 

Part I 

Before this roundtable are the dynamics emerging from civil conflict in countries in the Arab Mashreq at both inter- and intra-state levels. These dynamics were and are rearranging the margins within changing societies marked by over a decade of war, preceded by decades of multi-level state violence. The global implications of these dynamics deeply entangle the entire region, Europe and North America with the local and international transposition of political into religious and cultural cleavages, by demographic displacement and by proxy wars.  



Harout Akdedian, Visiting Scholar, Portland State University 

Rabie Nasser, Co-Founder of the Syrian Center for Policy and Research, University of Vienna 

Aziz Al-Azmeh, CEU, SFM, Vienna 

Agnes Favier, Professor, European University Institute, Florence 



Nadia Al-Bagdadi, CEU, SFM, Vienna 




11:30 – 12:30 



Spoils of War in the Arab East:  

Reconditioning Society and Polity in Conflict, vol. 1 

London: Bloomsbury/I.B. Tauris, 2024 


Presented by the co-editors Aziz Al-Azmeh and Harout Akdedian 

Comments by 


Rüdiger Lohlker, Professor, University of Vienna  

Gudrun Harrer, Senior Editor, Der Standard, Vienna  


Announcement on 

Spoils of War, vol. 2: Gendering the Body Politics in the Middle East and North Africa, London: Bloomsbury, I.B. Tauris, forthcoming in 2024 by editor Nadia Al-Bagdadi 





Roundtable 2 

Joint Roundtable with The Syrian Center for Policy Research 

(Beirut and Vienna) 


Socio-economic solidarities in times of protracted  

conflict in Syria 

After more than 13 years of conflict in Syria, the need for independent, participatory, and critical knowledge production that upholds the role of the society is inevitable. In this panel, the Syrian Center for Policy Research discusses the socio-economic challenges including conflict economies and social degradation from the lens of social solidarity, which can be a critical foundation for social congruences between Syrians to transcend the conflict.  


The Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) is an independent, non-governmental, and non-profit think tank, which undertakes public policy-oriented research to bridge the gap between research and policy making process. SCPR aims to develop a participatory evidence-based policy dialogue to achieve policy alternatives that promote sustainable, inclusive, and human-centered development. For more information: 




Rabie Nasser, Syrian Center for Policy and Research 

Ramia Ismail, Senior Researcher, Syrian Center for Policy and Research, University of Vienna   



Klaudia Wieser, PhD Candidate, University of Vienna, and the Syrian Center for Policy and Research, 



Friday, March 8th, 2024 


Roundtable 3 

Spoils of war: where are the margins now? 

Part II 

closed meeting of experts by invitation only