How are the Middle Eastern societies changing? What is happening to the traditional social structures amid urbanisation, conflicts, socio-political reforms? What is the role of ethnic and religious minorities in the socio-political life? What is the role of identity issues in the political processes? Have the young and women become new socio-political actors? Are the structures of civil society becoming an important factor of political life? These issues were addressed during the fifth session of the Valdai Club Middle East Conference.
Raghida Dergham, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Beirut Institute; Columnist for The National and Annahar Al Arabi
Randa Slim, Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution and Track II Dialogues, Middle East Institute, Washington, DC
Konstantin Truevtsev, Leading Researcher in the Centre of Arab and Islamic Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences