150th Bergedorf Round Table

“The future of democracy in the Arab World“

Cairo, March 16-18, 2012

The Arab world is in a state of turmoil. Whilst the dictators have been toppled in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, the uprisings in Syria are still in full swing. In Bahrain military intervention by the Gulf Cooperation Council has brought to an end the violent clashes between the opposition and the government. In Jordan and Morocco the monarchies have responded to the “Arab Spring” by introducing political reforms.

A year after the start of the “Arab Spring” politicians, government representatives and experts from North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the US took stock of the situation at the 150th Bergedorf Round Table chaired by former German President Richard von Weizsäcker, and asked questions about the prospects for democracy in the Arab world. The positive prospects for a democratic future in the Arab world were coupled with anxieties about political stability in the transitional phase and the possible repercussions for the region as a whole. What kind of political agenda is going to be pursued by the new political parties? How stable are the new political systems? And what should Europe and the US do in order to support the development of democracy throughout the region?