As Yemen concludes its National Dialogue Conference, many question whether thus far inclusive and peaceful negotiations can act as a model for other transitioning countries. Tunisia also recently designed a national dialogue process to work through a political stalemate and re-start its post-Arab Spring transition process. Libya is also trying to work through its challenges through a holistic, national transition process.
While there are positive lessons learned from both countries’ experiences, there also have been pitfalls. The Yemeni and Tunisian experiences suggest that the timing of national dialogue processes vis-à-vis other political events and their relationship with other issues involved in political transition (such as institutional reform) are critical to ensuring the national dialogue can meet its stated goals.
- William Taylor, Opening Remarks
Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace
- Dr. Aref Ali Nayed, Panelist
Chairman, Libya Institute for Advanced Studies
- Radwan Masmoudi, Panelist
President, Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy
- Daniel Brumberg, Discussant
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace
- Erica Gaston, Discussant
Senior Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace
- Manal Omar, Moderator
Associate Vice President for the Middle East and Africa, U.S Institute of Peace