PASSIA SEMINARS 2007

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Training Young Leaders

Democratization and Reform

8-11 Dec 2007

 

 

Lecture Program
 
 

       

DAY ONE:Saturday, 8 December 2007

             

   

9.30-10.00

Welcoming Address / Opening Remarks

Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Head of PASSIA, Jerusalem
10.00-11.30

.The Palestinian Political System after Oslo: Failures and Achievements in State Formation and Governance
Dr. Jamil Hilal, Sociologist and Senior Researcher at Muwatin, Ramallah

11.30-11.45

Break

 

11.45-13.15

History and Theories of Democracy (definition, conceptions of democracy in Western political thought, normative and ideological issues in the study and practice of democracy, how contemporary democracies work).
Dr. Nasif Mu’allem, Director, Palestinian Center for Peace and Development (PCPD), Ramallah

 

13.15-14.15

Lunch

 

14.15-16:00

Democratic values and norms / Institutional features of democratic political systems / Democratic rights and practices.

Dr. Nasif Mu’allem

 

16.00-18.00

Break

 

18.00-19.30

Democracy, Reform and the Issues of Nation, Identity and State
Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi

20.00    Dinner

 

 

 

DAY Two: Sunday, 9 December 2007

9.15-10.45

 

Democratization in an Islamic Environment
Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Al-Quds University

10.45-11.00

Break

 

11.00-12.30

Institutional Reform in Palestine – A Foreign/Donors’ Perspective
Gerhard Pulfer, Governance Strategy Group Coordinator
Ingo Buettner, Local Aid Coordination Secretariat, Governance

Added: Presentation

 

12.30-14.30

Lunch

 

14.30-16.00

 

  The state of democracy in Palestine - failures and achievements in the democratization process to date
Khalil Nakhleh, Independent Development & Academic Consultant, Ramallah

 

16.00-16.45

Break

 

16.45-19.45

Leadership Styles (leadership types, various personalities, convincing others, leaving an impression, understanding what makes a leader, motivating others, leadership in cultural and situational contexts, leadership ethics)
Dr. Mahmoud Baidoun,Senior Trainer and Clinical Supervisor, Birzeit University

20.00

Dinner


DAY Three: Monday, 10 December 2007

   

 

9.15-10.45

Connection between Constitution &  Democracy (Processes of Constitution Building up to the Post Enactment Stage)
Dr. GregoryMahler, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Earlham College, Richmond, US

10.45-11.00

Break

 

11.00-12.30

Democratic Governance (government transparency, government responsiveness to citizenry, representation. legislative and executive structures and processes, fighting corruption).
Dr. GregoryMahler

 

12.30-14.30

Lunch

 

14.30-16.00

Reforms, Development and Foreign Involvement (interaction between economics and politics; reform programs and their implications for social change and democracy; influence of international aid, foreign interests, etc.).
Khalil Nakhleh

16.00-18.00

Break

 

18.00-19.30

Fostering democratic political change in the Middle East (regional experiences of democratic transition and democratization; lessons and pitfalls to learn from past international democracy and reform promotion activity; obstacles to democratization)
Dr. GregoryMahler

Added: Presentation files 1, 2

20.00

Dinner

 

 

       

DAY Four: Tuesday, 11 December 2007

9.15-10.45

Policies, practices and role of specific actors in the process of democratization (e.g., voting, campaigning, participation, army / police, NGOs, private sector, political parties, etc.)
Dr. GregoryMahler

10.45-11.00

Break

 

11.00-12.30

Requirements and Needs of Public Sector Reform
Usama Al-Bast, General Director, Reform File, President’s Office, Ramallah

Added: Presentation

12.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00

Reform Advocacy: The Role of Civil Society Organizations and the Media
Dr. Azmi Shuaibi, General Coordinator for the Coalition for Accountability and Integration, Ramallah

16.00-18.00

Break

 

18.00-19.30

Democratization and Minorities: The Case of Christians in Palestine
Father Jamal Khader, Latin Patriarchate, Beit Jala

Arab Women’s Conception of Democracy
Amira Silmi, Birzeit University, Institute of Women Studies

19.30-20.00

Wrap up and final discussion

 

20.00

Dinner

 

 

 
   

 

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